Russell Kirkpatrick's Journal
I've had a discouraging day, reading reviews of my work and of those who, like me, write epic fantasy. So many people out there are comfortable with writing off anything that does not have (in their judgment) originality. But I read the following on the Tor website:
"Epic fantasy ... produces its effects not so much by the novelty of its invention as by its depth of insight and strength of execution."
This makes sense to me. I'm sure I'll rant at some point about originality. Suffice to say at this point that it is possible to entertain, instruct and enrich without being original, even in the narrow sense in which critics often mean it.
And underneath it all is the assumption that readers are saps who will read absolutely anything as long as it's thick enough and packaged correctly. Oooh, I'm foaming at the mouth. Better stop arrgle fmm blort