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30 March 2013 @ 06:51 pm
No formula.  
I will be fascinated for the rest of my life that some of the same things are archetypal and intertextual and deep when written well, but are stale derivatives when written poorly.
Sanguinity: Escher Snakessanguinity on March 31st, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Favored examples?
Rebecca Rabinowitz: Dicey's Songdiceytillerman on March 31st, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
A prime example of the negative is Christopher Paolini's Eragon, which is chock full of tropes, images, and characters that seem recycled and patched together weakly, and that in sum (and as each one happens, actually) bore me, and take me out of the story, and make me think, "Why wouldn't I just read Tolkien then, or a good dragon book?" In fact, there are so many of these moments in the book that there's very little story to be taken out of.

In my opinion, an example of the positive is Alison Croggon's The Naming, which is brimming with details that bring Tolkien to mind, yet are part of the rich fabric of a book that feels fresh and fully worth reading on its own.