You Don’t Have A Right to Tell Creators What to Create
I saw a screencap recently that made me want to hurt small animals. It was of a YouTube comment from someone telling the YouTuber what they should put on their channel. The notion that audiences have the right to dictate what the creators create is as repulsive as it is pervasive.
I remember arguing against it decades ago when people were complaining about the Wheel of Time series becoming a bad travelogue. More recently, it’s come up when some entitled clownboys tried to raise money to remake Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the incessant cries to release the Snyder cut of The Justice League.
Whether it’s a smalltime YouTuber or a blockbuster film,
dictating how the art should be made is as rude as it is wrong. (more…)
Sometimes A Story Is About Making the World Better
I’m a freelancer and have been reading and watching fantasy
for more than forty years, so when I read that the protagonist of Rachel Aaron’s
Minimum Wage Magic was a freelance mage, I was tickled.
I had previously read Aaron’s Eli Monpress stories and her Heartstriker
Series so I was confident I’d love Minimum Wage Magic and I bought it on the
I was not disappointed. (more…)
42 is More Important than That
When I mention to people that my favorite number is 42, I am
generally met with some sort of Hitchhiker reference, and that’s…fine. Tribes need
their cultural touchstones, and I am a Hitchhiker fan, so it would be churlish
of me to take offense at that recognition.
And yet, for me, 42 is much more important than a mere cultural touchstone.
The Absurdity of Human Conduct
One of the hallmarks of Douglas Adams’ work is commentary on
the absurdity of human action.
To illustrate that point, I’ll merely point out that
immediately before the destruction of Earth, Arthur Dent was lying in the mud
in front of a bulldozer trying to protect his house from destruction. He was
talked out of it by a friend who wanted to go for a pint, and who talked the
demolition manager into lying in the mud instead.
What followed was the destruction of the planet, the escape
of Dent and his friend by dint of an electronic thumb and with the cooperation
of some cooks who liked to piss off their bosses.
And remember, the entire narrative thread resulting in 42
involves humankind building an enormous computer, pouring data into it, and
letting it cook for millions of years without ever giving it a proper question. (more…)