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  1. Malazan the Moderate

    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    A good place to discuss fantasy as a genre and the books/movies that came from it. Also, in truth, I became a member because I don't know many people I can talk about that with so this was good idea for me.

    Anyone else here become a member for that reason? You couldn't talk about this stuff with many people in real life?
     
  2. Druid of Lûhn

    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I did, as none of my friends at school (in fact nobody of my age) was into fantasy. I did share other interests, but I loved fantasy so much that I had to talk about it to somebody, and then I got the idea of joining a forum from a book I'd just read (can't remember the name, it's French and the plot starts in an internet fantasy forum).
    I then started talking to quite a few people on TFF, and everybody was about 4+ years older than me, making it quite nice to have older friends too.

    When did you become most interested in fantasy as a genre?
     
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    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    It was probably around the time when I reading Dragonlance, Tolkien and Moorcock when I was 8. I showed interest before but was never fully immersed in the genre until that age.

    Favorite protagonist in a fantasy novel?
     
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    That's such a difficult question, mostly because I'm an extremely fickle person and my favourites sometimes change daily. I. suppose a pretty constant favourite of mine would be Auraya, from Trudi Canavan's Age of the Five series. She always seemed very practical and reasonable, I guess I always sort of understood her decisions and motivations. Which doesn't always happen in fantasy books.

    Have you ever struggled through a book because you hated the main character?
     
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    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    Harry Potter. He just blows especially later on in the series.

    Same question.
     
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    Crime & Punishment. Raskolnikov is such a weirdo...

    Most worn-out tiresome fantasy trope?
     
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    the bad guy trying to go good....

    favourite fantasy race?
     
  8. Malazan the Moderate

    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    The Elves (preferably the Noldor, because they're badass).

    Same question. Interested in hearing others' favorites.
     
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    Hobbits. If I could be one I would.

    Worst 'fantasy name' you've come across?
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Age of the Five is my least favourite series of hers oddly enough.

    Exactly the same for me.

    What did you study/are you studying at university?
    If you didn't go to university, what did you do instead?
     
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    That's interesting, I think preferred them because they feel a bit less childish than the magician ones (which I also like)

    In my third year of uni, doing an illustration degree :)

    Is there anything you've always wanted to learn or study?
     
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    S.J. Faerlind Flashlight Shadowhunter

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    Honestly, I can't think of anything I ever wanted to learn that I didn't just go out and learn.

    If civilization as we know it ended, do you you think you'd have the skills to survive?
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    I think I would, thanks to a long time in scouts (where I was known as “Jabiru Kipling”, “Kipling” after the British explorer and writer, because I could survive anywhere) and subsequent long distance walks, so I know how to build a shelter (or shelter in an existing house), gather food (animals if required), cook the food, defend myself (boxing and rugby).
    Oh and I love Primitive Technology :D

    @Aelfwynn I did find the first trilogy more childish, but I just didn't feel the same excitement for it when I read the Age of the Five. I did enjoy the Traitor Spy trilogy and I enjoyed the first book of the Millenium's Rule trilogy.

    Do you feel tech-savvy?
     
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    Not really. I would definitely call myself Tech-competent but not tech-savvy. Although I believe if I needed to learn how to use something, I could.

    @Druid of Lûhn Ahhh well I got really into the Age of the five books I don't know why, I mean I kind of predicted the 'twist' but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. As for mellenium's rule, I love those books! I think the second one is just as good, if not better, than the first. Eagerly awaiting the last ones.

    Have you ever fallen out with someone over a differing opinion on a book/movie?
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    Not really, as although I can have strong opinions on books and films, I don't link it to how I feel about somebody, and it's the same for my friends.

    @Aelfwynn Waiting until I'm back in the UK to buy the second one, but eagerly looking forward to reading it.

    What book or film do you feel most strongly about?
     
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    Depends what you mean about Strongly I suppose.
    I am full of quite strong loathing towards the Seventh Son film, it's very passionate and intense
    And I similarly feel very strongly in favour of the The Fellowship of the Ring

    @Druid of Lûhn I definitely would recommend (although I hope it doesn't disappoint you now I've said that) a lot more happens than in the previous book.

    do you have family members you can talk to you about your love of fantasy-esc things/who share your love?
     
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    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    My mother, mostly. Not many others.

    Same question.
     
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    Druid of Lûhn The Little Lamb.

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    A bit with my brother, but less so now that he's obsessed with WWII aeroplanes. If it's any interesting literary or historical concepts in fantasy though, my parents are often both interested, as they both love literature in general. My dad quite likes everything Tolkien, but it's nothing more than interest. My sister is a Sherlock and Harry Potter fan girl, so I generally try to ignore her, as I dislike HP ;)

    @Aelfwynn Don't worry, I felt like the first one was a little slow at times, and then got very excited about the ending and just couldn't wait to buy the book. Then I decided to buy it in Scotland, so I know that I'll have something interesting to read at university.

    Have you every done any academic work that comes from your love of fantasy?
    (Firiath you don't count, because you're just too cool with your medieval history ;))
     
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    Malazan the Moderate Guard of Gondolin

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    There was one instance in my AP English literature class when we could choose to write an essay about a book of our choosing and I wanted to do Children of Hurin, (barely) convincing my teacher to do it. She was pretty skeptical as to how good it would be because, well...Tolkien and fantasy didn't exactly appeal to her that much, only teaching Beowulf, Chaucer and the Arthurian tales as something that was part of the curriculum. So, I ended up doing it along with a bunch of other work for the class (after all, it is an Advanced Placement class) and I got an excellent grade for it. She stated that she appreciated the sheer depth of analysis (and effort) involved in the essay itself and for getting her legitimately interested in reading an author's work that she had no previous desire to do so. I was pretty happy that I managed to do something like that.

    Have you ever been upset at someone being insulting towards your love for fantasy and if so, what happened?
     
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