Date: 2017-03-24 10:36 pm (UTC)
amielleon: The three heroes of Tellius. (0)
From: [personal profile] amielleon
Ah! Patient! What a wonderful word to describe my first LeGuin experience.

And yet with the second LeGuin I'd borrowed, I gave it a chance through several chapters but I was just bored. Ultimately I capitulated and just returned it. Similar story with non-LeGuin Among Others, except I'd made my mistake of buying that one, so it's just sitting eternally on my nightstand with a post-it note put in 1/3rd of the way through.

Not that impatience is mutually exclusive with boredom. I've also been struggling to get through Rolling The R's for the longest time, which bounces around wildly with each chapter trying to do something new and obviously clever. But at the root of all this energy I feel like it hasn't really said anything new since the first handful of chapters. It sets the tone, you understand the author's basic outlook on life, and then nothing from there on much surprises you, whether or not it's written in the format of a report card.

Wondering what the difference was between the first LeGuin and the second, I think it's because the first threw out a little appetizer. It introduces you to the world and what makes it special and throws out these little hints about how the protagonists belong in it, and it instills in you the desire to learn more about these weird powers and how they play out. And it gets around to that point slowly--patiently--but every piece lets you understand the characters and their world better and it's lovely.

With the second LeGuin I mostly felt alienated. Maybe that's because it was essentially Aeneid fanfiction, and although in the library I thought I'd read the Aeneid at some point, later I realized that I'd been pulled out of Latin right before I'd gotten to read it. So maybe she was trying something similar, but the hints flew right past me and therefore so did the effect.

Anyway, I actually originally clicked Comment to share this scene from Zootopia... dunno if you've seen Zootopia but it's really good, worth a watch. When I first saw that scene I immediately marveled at how it was doing something blatantly annoying, slow, vexing, and yet it was so amazing I couldn't look away. I'd been contemplating for a long time how to convey an experience that's annoying/boring without annoying/boring the reader--I was so impressed by how completely they'd pulled it off here. (So well, in fact, that the scene in question apparently headed one of the commercials for Zootopia...)
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