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  1. Pilusmagnus

    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    Only managed to read 36 books on the planned 40. I will therefore set my goal to 40 again for 2018. With sub-goals. 1/ I want to read at least 10 non-fiction books, among which: At least 3 books of social sciences At least 3 books of literary theory At least 1 book of history 2/ I want to read at least two books in Spanish 3/ I want to read at least 5 translations of books already read
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    Pessimism vs Cynicism in fantasy

    I don't think placing George R.R. Martin as a pessimistic cynic is as obvious as you claim. The main problem with classifying him is that we don't have the ending of ASOIAF yet, and there's reason to believe that it will show humanity achieving peace, even if it is a temporary one. And in any case that is where the TV show is going. I'm not familiar with Martin's other works, but he claims to be a pacifist and he has said in an interview that he believed that abolishing war was maybe possible. So although he definitely is a cynic, I wouldn't know whether to make him an optimist or a pessimist, at least as far as ASOIAF is concerned.
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    I like the story but… complaints about style/substance/etcetera

    Back to the topic, I've always been bothered by the argument "The story is good but it's badly written" which I hear a lot about George R.R. Martin for example. I utterly think the way you perceive content depends on the manner in which it is conveyed. If you really thought the book was badly written, then you wouldn't like the story. If you like the story, then it means the style is efficient, although it maybe does not fall within the "Well-written" arbitrary aesthetic category.
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    I like the story but… complaints about style/substance/etcetera

    Do GRRM's Children of the Forest fall within the "Native Americans as Elves" cliché in your opinion?
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    Tolkien 2.0

    I think it's a common misconception among Tolkien readers (and viewers) that all the "good guys" have a clear and uniform view of what is best for Middle-Earth as a whole. It may be because Tolkien doesn't really concentrate on depicting the conflicts of interest, differences in mindset and dissensions between Human, Elvish and Dwarvish kingdoms other than in the Appendices. But there is no alliance of good that absolutely knows what is to be done with the ring. Elrond cannot possibly take that harsh a decision at that point in time.
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    2017 Reading Self-Challenge

    November update: - The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton.- Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien- The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien- Short Cuts: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver- Poésies I et II by Lautréamont- The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun by J.R.R. Tolkien- A bunch of short stories by Ernest Hemingway (qualifies as one book)- Heart of Darkness and Youth by Joseph Conrad- A bunch of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe (qualifies as one book)- For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway- Des femmes qui tombent by Pierre Desproges- The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov- The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski- Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney- La personne et le sacré by Simone Weil- L'Iliade ou le poème de la force by Simone Weil- A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle- Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky- Book 13 of The Confessions by Saint Augustin- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco- Colline by Jean Giono- Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie- The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster - A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin - Beowulf translated by J.R.R. Tolkien - Beowulf translated by William Ellery Leonard - The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (first time reading in English) - Le Hobbit translated by Daniel Lauzon - Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - La Disparition by Georges Perec (not read to the end but I read articles about it so it counts) - The Fellowship of the Ring translated by Daniel Lauzon 33/40. Seven to go in one month. I'm in deep shit.
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    Most Adaptable Works of Fantasy

    I don't know if it is the most adaptable series, but given the current time and context, The First Law screams to be adapted.
  8. Couldn't agree more. A year ago their twitter/instagram account was just funny videos of them being kids and having fun together. Now half of it is just magazine covers and photoshoots of them in very lascivious, extremely not-appropriate positions for kids. In the cynical mind of show-business, it's never too soon to start turning actors into sexual products. That and indeed overexposure to cameras in talk-shows and interview is not healthy for them. You mention the 26 year old model thing, but what about the journalist who casually asked him: "What do you think of the adult person who said she wanted to hit you up in 4 years?" That's equally inappropriate and has psychological effects that should not be overlooked.
  9. More like they were 12-13 last season and Will was 11 and now they're 13-14 and he's 12.
  10. It's based on the actors' ages. I always assumed that Will, being apparently quite gifted, probably skipped classes.
  11. They were 14-15 at the time of shooting. Only Will was 12 and he's the one not getting a love story.
  12. No, it was because it reached 22 pages.
  13. Well regardless of the terminology debate about "political," Stranger Things is actually both political AND militant. And you just have to watch this to be convinced:
  14. Summer would also allow for a Fellowship of the Ring/Stand by Me type quest/road-trip across the country. Something that would take up most of the season, not just them walking on train tracks to go to the junkyard. I would love that, especially if Steve's bat is coming along. Tolkien was widely read by the counterculture movements in the 1960s, so although it should not be reduced to that, it is indeed a significant political object of study. I raised it because I do think Stranger Things is involved in a similar dynamic: a representation of an idealized conservative past that still pushes progressive ideas. (Kalbear's last post does shed some light upon that, so thank you.) The problem is that you seem to confuse "political" and "militant". The fact that everything is political doesn't mean that everything is necessarily either liberal or conservative. But every work of art raises questions regarding how we organize as a society, which is the definition of political.
  15. It was clear since season 1. Mike is the most upset when he learns about Will's fake death, and him having a crush on Eleven clearly occurs because it allows him to fill the gap left by Will's disappearance.