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Language posted 11 August 2004 in Author Q & ALanguage by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I see your point regarding Martin, but what makes it an obvious matter of quality is the issue of consistency - which is quite different. Truth be told, from the grognard side of things, I actually have some problems with Westeros as well, but I view these misgivings the same way I view my misgivings regarding the physics of Star Trek: all things being equal, I prefer my fiction be 'hard.' I too dislike ad hoc settings in of themselves, but if they can be made to really work, as Westeros and Federation physics obviously do, then I no longer worry about it.

As you might imagine, I've spent quite a bit of time considering just these issues. After reading tLoTR for the umpteenth time in my teens, I started puzzling over just what it was that gave the book so much impact. I came to the conclusion that it was some combination of scale, depth, and authenticity, and afterwards I decided I'd try to do the same, to create a world as broad, deep, and authentic as Middle-earth. Once you make a commitment like that, the question immediately becomes one of how far do you go?.

I quickly realized that the answer for this would be different for different readers. Take the names, for instance. On the one side, many think I went too far, whereas on the other side, I'm sure some specialists think I didn't go nearly far enough. I have had equesterians question my handling of horses, martial artists question my handling of hand-to-hand combat, and so on and so on.

I could have worked on the story and world for another ten years, and this would still happen. Earwa is an illusion, and since I'm no polymath, there's always going to be people either possessing knowledge that renders them immune to parts of that illusion, or lacking the minimal knowledge for parts of the illusion to work. I see this as inevitable. I mean, if old JRRT couldn't do it...

Given this, how do you think I should respond to linguists 'baying for my blood'? Should I say, 'Damn, I guess I dropped the ball,' or should I just shrug my shoulders and just acknowledge that I didn't write the book for them? view post


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