Date: 2016-05-29 04:59 am (UTC)
anghraine: anakin, shadowed, holding a red lightsaber; text: shatterer of worlds (anakin [i am become death])
From: [personal profile] anghraine
I'm used to liking authors better as they go on, so it's always a bit bemusing when there's one that I actually like less as they write more. Piers Anthony is a mediocre (and creepy) writer at best, but the first books of many of his series often click with me nevertheless, but he always loses me afterwards. (I still re-read "On A Pale Horse"—I absolutely loved the whole bizarre universe of it—but once everything becomes this tiny interrelated mess, ehhh.)

Robin McKinley is also hit and miss for me. I remember feeling profoundly cheated by "Spindle's End," but "Beauty" and "The Blue Sword," omg. I suspect with that, it's... I'm all for complicating fairy tales, but the point at which the basic framework of the fairy-tale gets broken apart and rebuilt is when I get lost. In a weird way, it's like the better sort of romance novels that explore the default troubled, rakish, aristocratic alpha male hero with a bit more realism. I'm all for that, but at the end of the day both leads need to be fundamentally heroic and sympathetic, and if they're not, you lose me.

(One of my favourite authors of that sort is Sherry Thomas, and 85% of the time I love her, but there are a couple where it's just FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE because bridge too far, etc.)
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