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Mar 30 '14

Game of Thrones and Invisible Cootie Vectors


Grandpa Slowpants has decided that HBO Go is the cure for what ails him. He thanks you crazy kids for your advice about the electromagraphic signals tubing to his computerhoozits.

Now, in response to an anonymous query about the term “soap opera,” hell yes. Soap opera. A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE / GAME OF THRONES is the biggest and most glorious soap opera in the history of soap operas. It’s soap opera for people who like swords, magic, dragons, and sexy brooding people in armor. Next time you get some jackhole telling you he doesn’t like “girl stuff” (relationships, emotions, animal companions, family concerns!) in fantasy, see if you can catch him enjoying GAME OF THRONES. Then ask him HOW HE LIKES HIS FUCKING SOAP OPERA. Try “HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR HUGE-ASS SWORD AND SORCERY TELENOVELA, YOU GIRL-STUFF LIKING MOTHERFUCKER, YOU?”

You know who likes girl stuff in fantasy? George R.R. Martin. You know who could build a suspension bridge to the moon knitted entirely from ten-dollar bills? George R.R. Martin. I’m just sayin’.

Now, it’s undeniably true that male writers (including yours truly) are generally and commercially allowed to write about “girl stuff” without being penalized for doing so. In part this is the same old shit it’s always been… I’ve said before that men who write mostly about men win prizes for revealing the human condition, while women who write about both men and women are filed away as writing “womens’ issues.” Likewise, in fantasy, the imprimatur of a dude somehow makes stuff like romance, relationship drama, introspection, and adorable animal companions magically not girly after all.

In a sense, we male fantasists are allowed to be like money launderers for girl cooties.

There is no easy solution to this because self-satisfaction is nearly always less work than empathy. All we can do is point out the obvious and try to do better, bit by bit, book by book, reader by reader.

When April 6th rolls around, we can also ask the more obnoxious girly-stuff disdainers if they’re enjoying their fucking soap opera. I for one can’t wait for my soap to come back.

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Mar 20 '14
That’s how luck works, lad. You can bitch all you like about how things could have been more favorable for you, but rest assured things can always be worse. Always.
— Father Chains to Locke Lamora, from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 12 '14
Soon he’ll be fat, and we can butcher him like all the others for a Penance Day roast.”

“What my brother means to say,” said the other twin, “is that all the others died of purely natural causes, and you have nothing to fear from us. Now have some more bread.
— Calo and Galdo Sanza, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 12 '14
Well, the gods love a man who laughs at hardship."

"Hardship is boring as all hell. Gotta find laughs if you can’t stay drunk.
— Malcor and Locke, The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 12 '14
Camorr was civilized, after all; there were acceptable and unacceptable times for killing children.
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 11 '14
Sobbing Tam … witless No-Teeth … and one of hell’s own devils in knee-breeches.
— the Dream Team of Shade’s Hill, from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 10 '14
As far as his five or six or seven years had taught him, ripping people off was the greatest feeling in the whole world, and the only real freedom he had.
— Locke Lamora, from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

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Mar 5 '14

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Mar 4 '14

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Feb 13 '14

[His email went something like] “Hey dude, let me rescue you from yourself. You’re a prisoner of political correctness. What are you doing? You don’t have to put black people in your fiction,” like I had been brainwashed or forced to do it, and it wouldn’t have happened otherwise, like I could be free with all the other free white writers who don’t have to write about black people in their work, so I snapped. It’s fucking offensive to me. I live in the 21st century and if you want to sulk and pretend that we don’t, that’s your own business, but don’t tell me to participate in your bullshit.

It was that whole, “Well, now I’m not going to tell my friends to buy your book.”

“Fine. Don’t tell your racist fuck-head friends to buy my book.”

— Scott Lynch, being incredibly dreamy in this interview

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