Black Gate article on authors fading due to age.
Beyond the possible attempt to bait fans of George R.R. Martin, I found this article to be very flawed. One could argue that in the case of authors who write primarily multi-volume epic fantasies is that after a stage, it is increasingly difficult to balance creativity (after all, the main exposition occurs early in such tales) and continuity. And when one goes outside that narrow field, the premise becomes even more ridiculous. After all, I’m typing this with a copy of Umberto Eco’s Confessions of a Young Novelist, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and several of Jorge Luis Borges’ collections on shelves around me.
Worst part about articles such as this is that they show the provincialism that seems to infect so many bloggers who want to sound as though they are making a profound point. Rather than even entertaining the possibility that it might be fossilized narratives and nearly-as-ancient “fan” expectations, simple, flawed arguments such as this piece are written.
Requires Only That You Hate takes on Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Nothing really to say but those quotes really are damning, aren’t they?