[LMB] romance novels & subversion & saving the world
ladylyzbeth at gmail.com
Thu Feb 8 14:21:21 GMT 2018
Well, Dag did tell Fawn that she had saved the world when she killed the
malice near Glassforge. And that each malice could be the one that destroys
the world if they don't catch it.
On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 12:08 AM, M. Haller Yamada <thefabmadamem at yahoo.com>
> Oh, that's an interesting train of thought, Katherine.
> Saving the world is always bigger to me. For example, if there were a
> uranium jewel (LOL) that
> was powering all of the malices in the world, and our heroes went out to
> destroy that, that
> would be Saving the World.
> The local version is local. Killing all the malices in the area saves our
> characters' world,
> really. And it's not quite fair that it doesn't "count" as saving the
> world, because it's
> harder, and there's less motivation in that there's no End Date for the
> project. You've got to
> save the local world again, and again, and again. And, as the techniques
> are refined and
> disseminated, maybe future fictional historians will be able to point back
> and say, "OK, this
> is the era where Fawn and Dag saved the world." But I don't know if the
> characters themselves
> are quite aware they are saving the world. (Although they do recognize
> bigger things than their
> local area.)
> Saving the World for me is just some project with an End Date or Final
> Goal. And to tell the
> truth, it often is a lot more artificial and stupid than the "save us"
> plot. It's harder to
> base it in reality.
> Fictional stakes also fit into this argument somehow. StW is definitely
> the highest stakes
> EVAH. But, it can be boring, because we don't care about the world. We
> care (or don't care, if
> the writer is faulty) about Jim and Sue and Yoko.
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