Welcome to a new weekly column!
Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to getting all of our readers talking. Each week I (that’s Ruth) will pose a question for all of us to discuss together, so pull up your favorite chair, get your beverage of choice, and join us for a little fireside chat each week. Remember, we’re all real people behind the screens, so while we may disagree with each other, we don’t need to be disagreeable.
If you have a topic you’d like to discuss, please contact me with the subject “Thoughtful.”
For this first week, I’d like to start off with a light topic: sin. No, not murder or covetousness or anything like that; I want you to fess up to your biggest fantasy literature sin. What is your secret vice? Do you break the spines on paperbacks? Do you dog-ear pages in library books? Do you think Tolkien was a hack?
I’ll start out by confessing my sin: I don’t like Ursula Le Guin. When I admitted this to the other reviewers at Fantasy Literature, a few virtual shoes were lobbed in my direction, as she is widely considered a Mistress of the Genre, but I just don’t like reading Le Guin. While I understand why she is considered good, I just feel like she takes forever to get anywhere. When I read A Wizard of Earthsea, I yelled out, “Stop rowing the boat!”
It’s your turn now to confess: What is your fantasy literature sin?