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Fantasy Pointers?

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I'm working on a fantasy series but I'm trying hard to make it not seem like Tolkein or ASOIAF. How should I avoid stylistic plagiarism?
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Do you think translations of texts can "lose it" or are there masterfuly done translations? If you can, do you read books in their original languages? What languages do the users of /lit/ know?
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>even if you live 200 years you will never read all the books that you want
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>tfw reading a book i don't enjoy >nobody would judge me if i just put it away >can't because i feel obliged to finish it even though i know i'm wasting my time
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>he was the voice of a generation
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So he converted to Islam and started selling guns?
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WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK EVER
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Consider. Hamlet used to be staged in contemporary clothes. Even in the era of poofy wigs, the characters dressed like contemporary nobles. But around the 19th century Historicism came in; suddenly we started seeing ourselves as "Modern," all-knowing, the fruit of all past efforts, which are to be pitied, ogled, and absolved of all their ignorant sins; they are now our spectacle. But this also means that we started to devalue modernity. All heroism and poetry require period dress and implicit exile from modern times. Poetry from a modern perspective invariably feels like it's humbling itself. The more coarse and self-degrading it is, the more honest it is felt to be; it's telling that artifice is now far less welcome in art making. It's true that the distant past has always been a marker of power and prestige, but only in small doses; we now tend to feel that all power and prestige were in fact exclusive to the past, an idealistic delusion now only tolerable in period dress and with tongue firmly in cheek. Today, culture, with its dreams and valuations, is not felt to be something current, but an antiquarian commodity that we survey and judge in a detached manner. We no longer feel as if we are actors on the same stage; the old platitude "it's all been done before" is very popular. This mood is firmly in place even in Flaubert's time. "Midcentury Gothic," for lack of a better term, seems to have accepted the modern city as a setting for non-kitchen sink stories, but with increasingly antiquated costuming, settings, locales and props, it's effectively a period genre. Examples: The Phantom of the Opera Jekyll and Hyde Noir films The Batman franchise Twin Peaks (Nineteen ninety something) A Series of Unfortunate Events True Detective (2013?) Hannibal (2013-14) Fargo (2014) Gothic is key here. I think we can trace it to Baudelaire, Poe and Dostoevsky. In a modern city, where life is mechanised, where can we find miraculous irregularities? Out of the corner of our eye, in the dark. The supernatural is brought in, but hidden. Heroism and villainy is brought in, but it takes place indoors in private residences, in abandoned warehouses, abandoned amusement parks, sewers, caves, mansions, darkened rooms. Wealthy and isolated families provide us with the eccentric characters that we the products of the same assembly line education, same milieu, and same broadcast television, are so starved for: most of them are comedic, but some become heroic - in a secretive way that is (barely) plausible in a modern setting. Unexplained Smerdyakov-like figures are vital: we don't understand what motivates them, and we are immensely relived by this returned Olympian caprice. It's the stuff of disturbed dreams rather than daylit epic: that's where our imaginations are forced to turn to escape historicism, the law of averages, the classification of the past as the spectacle and modernity as the spectator.
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Is it truth that some people go to cafeterias like Starbucks to read? Why would someone do that?
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Christianity general. Discuss matters of faith, books of the Bible, theology, denominational differences and politics, etc. I'd like to start off by asking all the Christians we had in the last thread if they believe that Paul wrote all of the epistles traditionally ascribed to him. If it's true that several of the letters are pseudepigrapha, should they be removed from the canon?
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Thoughts?
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How do scholars of Homer know he didn't just make up the story of the Trojan war?
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I can't sleep right now. I need to figure out the name of the word I'm thinking about. It's driving me nuts. Google hasn't helped at all and I figured that you guys could help me out. Thank you for giving me a good nights sleep /lit/ What do you call a general consensus/mood/thought of a time period?
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Hello /lit/, I'm starting a story written from a cat's point of view. Too banal?
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What translation of the Quixote is best? I've started reading Cohen, but the verse in it is truly awful. Is Grossman better? Any translation that stands above the rest?
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"Mark Z. Danielewski, writer of House of Leaves has announced that his enormous 27 volume epic, The Familiar, will be released on May 19th, 2015. House of Leaves is famed being one corner of the holy trinity of post-modern hipster doorstoppers, the other two being Infinite Jest and Gravities Rainbow, yet what impact will this gigantic book have? In contemporary hipsterdom, a book's value is dictated by its length, it's publication date and it's density. The latest offering from Danielewski is going to topple both Wallace and Pynchon, but will it be long and dense enough to rival the early publication date of the mighty Joyce?"
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Opinions on this man please.
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1/2 The book "Something Happened" by Joseph Heller is completely written from the point of view of the narrator. Almost nothing happens except for the narrator talking about his memories. One of the things he mentions is that he regrets being young and not taking advantage of all of his opportunities to fug women. In middle age he isn't as enthusiastic about that stuff. Now that this topic is 100 % /lit/ related, how do I get a gf if I'm 22, a student going in to his final year (living at home) and have zero friends, acquaintances, or social life. I live in the UK. My only hobbies are lifting, reading, 4chan browsing, and I try to get in to programming. wtf do? I've fucked about 10 prostitutes so I'm not in awe of vaginas. I genuinely have no clue what I could viably do to get one or even what I'd do afterwards. This could be my last free summer before going in the real world and I'm worried that I will look back on it and feel regret. It doesn't help that some of my favourite books feel perfectly designed to increase this feeling of regret (Rules of Attraction by BEE, Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Chabon)
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