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Offline AlmightyZael

Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« on: January 29, 2013, 05:16:12 AM »
Hey, folks!

So, in this thread, we suggest how the fantasy scene/world would be different if an author of our choosing was never published. You can be as vague, as specific, as realistic, or as ludicrous as you like.
There are no right or wrong answers, only opinions, and maybe some bizarre scenarios that you geniuses can think of!

My examples are:

Tolkien - Fantasy would have taken another 20 years to reach the masses, receiving a lot more abuse for being a 'childish' genre and taking longer to get rid of that stereotype. The epic fantasy genre would not have taken off. The 90's wouldn't have seen the boom in the genre that it did.

J.K Rowling - Children remained the passive, non-reading mass that they always were, sucking the money out of adults' pockets via another medium. Kids never learned that reading was fun.
And that coffee shop she starting the first book in didn't receive half as much business as it does now.

Now you go :)
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Offline Bahl

Re: Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 05:23:05 AM »
Pratchett. The world would have less laughter.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 07:05:29 PM »
Pratchett. The world would have less laughter.
This. :)

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Offline shep5377

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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 07:33:13 PM »
Pratchett. The world would have less laughter.

Winner.

And without Pratchett, when we tell people we read fantasy, they wouldn't be able to think briefly, then say 'What, like Discworld?' as politely as possible.

Offline Captain_Newtype

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 08:34:20 PM »


Michael Moorcock- Heavy Metal would have a lot less imagery to draw from. Dungeons and Dragons would have to have ripped off someone else for the 1st edition. Even though this isn't to do with his writing, but without his editorialship of New Worlds, the British New Wave of Sci-Fi would never have taken off and writers like JG Ballard and Brian Aldiss would never have gotten a foot in the door.
I'd like to say I'm a writer, but that would occasionally require product. As it stands, I'm just a dreamer with a big mouth and poor time management.

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Offline TheGreyPilgrim

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 11:34:18 PM »
Fritz Leiber - without whom the mismatched double act may not have become so popular.

The Grey Mouser and Farfhd must be the greatest double act in Fantasy literature!
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Re: Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 01:14:46 AM »
Howard (the writer, not the duck), we wouldn't have the S&S genre.
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Re: Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 10:09:07 AM »
The Narnia books. The YA section, as well as the alternate world section would not be the same.

I consider Horror to be rather entwined with fantasy, so without H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, fantasy horror would be very different.

(Lovecraft did inspire King and Mieville. Stoker and Shelley's contributions don't really need to be said.)

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Re: Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 09:44:52 PM »
The Narnia books. The YA section, as well as the alternate world section would not be the same.

I consider Horror to be rather entwined with fantasy, so without H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, fantasy horror would be very different.

(Lovecraft did inspire King and Mieville. Stoker and Shelley's contributions don't really need to be said.)
And without Edgar Allan Poe we probably never would have had Lovecraft.
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Re: Alternate Reality of Fantasy
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 09:54:26 PM »
The Narnia books. The YA section, as well as the alternate world section would not be the same.

I consider Horror to be rather entwined with fantasy, so without H.P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley, fantasy horror would be very different.

(Lovecraft did inspire King and Mieville. Stoker and Shelley's contributions don't really need to be said.)
And without Edgar Allan Poe we probably never would have had Lovecraft.

Or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

I think if we didn't have Moorcock and Cook, we wouldn't have Martin, which wouldn't have led to the big push of GrimDark that we see from Abercrombie and Lawrence. They would be there, but I doubt the popularity would be beside them as much.
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