>>44621482 Fantasy, definitely. The problem with scifi is that becomes caught up in its own ideas rather than telling compelling stories. Of course, then you also have people who write fantasy as if they were writing scifi and spend more time explaining every minute detail of their made up societies rather than actually telling a good story -- GRRM, that one was directed entirely at you.
I think it depends. Think of it this way, to make good Sci-fi (and i mean sci-fi, not scifantasy,) you need to know something about higher concepts, and engineering in addition to everything else. Just look at asimov. To make good fantasy you just need a little more imagination in setting and linguistic skills, like tolkien. Different stokes for different folks. I personally like sci-fi more because I think it's more versatile and hasn't been bogged down by its genre greats, as fantasy has been bogged down by tolkien.
>>44622807 >as fantasy has been bogged down by tolkien. The only problem with Tolkien is how no other author manages to live up to his legacy. The genre as a whole has very little to do with him and has in fact been far more influenced by american pulp magazines than anything Tolkien wrote.
I've seen attempts at other fantasy series, but nobody's really pulled something off yet that matches Tolkien. If GRRM can finish ASoIaF and if it doesn't suck, then it could be right up there with Tolkien-- a very different work, overall not quite as good, but at least competitive.
It's telling that GRRM draws more from medieval English history than mythology. A major problem is that very few authors are willing to do deep research and original world-buildilng.
>>44622214 One o the things that pisses me off is when people sya GRRM kills of characters all the time. He doesn't. The characters have clearly defined arcs and die as a consequence of their own actions. It's not like he rolls a dice each scene and sees if the character lives or dies.
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