History Literature / TheToughGuideToFantasyland

28th Sep '17 10:43:58 PM Theriocephalus
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This piece of MetaFiction by Creator/DianaWynneJones [[AllMythsAreTrue pretends that pretty much all of the fantasy stories ever told -- well, most]] [[StrictlyFormula modern genre fantasies]], [[AllMythsAreTrue anyway -- took place in a place called "Fantasyland"]], and that the creators of the stories are the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis "Management"]] who arrange for the audience to go on "tours". With this setup, an extensive list of fantasy tropes is presented as if to a tourist visiting another country and thoroughly {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. It also pretends that the stories are statistically representative of "Fantasyland," and thus concludes that the most common type of meal is stew, that cities are composed mainly of alleyways, and that the ecology and economy of Fantasyland are severely screwed up.

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This piece of MetaFiction by Creator/DianaWynneJones [[AllMythsAreTrue pretends that pretty much all of the fantasy stories ever told -- well, most]] [[StrictlyFormula modern genre fantasies]], [[AllMythsAreTrue anyway -- took place in a place called "Fantasyland"]], and that the creators of the stories are the [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis "Management"]] who arrange for the audience to go on "tours". With this setup, an extensive list of fantasy tropes is presented as if to a tourist visiting another country and thoroughly {{deconstruct|ion}}ed. It also pretends that the stories are statistically representative of "Fantasyland," "Fantasyland", and thus concludes that the most common type of meal is stew, that cities are composed mainly of alleyways, and that the ecology and economy of Fantasyland are severely screwed up.



* RunningGag: When describing the various peoples you’ll meet on your quest, (dragons, marsh dwellers, island people, etc.) Jones mentions in each entry how each group seems to have “a form of magic that no one else can use”. There do not seem to be exceptions. Depending on how many of these groups you meet, you may end up with more examples of exclusive magic than of the regular kind.

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* RunningGag: When describing the various peoples you’ll meet on your quest, (dragons, marsh dwellers, island people, etc.) Jones mentions in each entry how each group seems to have “a "a form of magic that no one else can use”.use". There do not seem to be exceptions. Depending on how many of these groups you meet, you may end up with more examples of exclusive magic than of the regular kind.
20th Sep '17 10:39:16 PM Fireblood
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They apparently fled to Fantasyland from our world to avoid being hunted into extinction due to being thought to be evil monsters. In reality, they’re actually aligned with Good, even though they eat people.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They apparently fled to Fantasyland from our world to avoid being hunted into extinction due to being thought to be evil monsters. In reality, they’re actually aligned with Good, even though they eat people.



* RunningGag: When describing the various peoples you’ll meet on your quest, (elves, dragons, dwarves, marsh dwellers, island people, etc.) Jones mentions in each entry how each group seems to have “a form of magic that no one else can use”. There do not seem to be exceptions. Depending on how many of these groups you meet, you may end up with more examples of exclusive magic than of the regular kind.

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* RunningGag: When describing the various peoples you’ll meet on your quest, (elves, dragons, dwarves, (dragons, marsh dwellers, island people, etc.) Jones mentions in each entry how each group seems to have “a form of magic that no one else can use”. There do not seem to be exceptions. Depending on how many of these groups you meet, you may end up with more examples of exclusive magic than of the regular kind.
20th Sep '17 2:30:59 PM Fireblood
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* FisherKing: Many kings have this relationship with their country.
19th Sep '17 1:14:30 AM Fireblood
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* YouAllMeetInAnInn: Of course you do.
19th Sep '17 12:48:22 AM Fireblood
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* HighPriest: Always evil. Sometimes thin and evil, sometimes fat and evil, but always evil. You may also meet a High Priestess. Regardless of whether she’s attractive and motherly or thin and severe, she’ll always be good.

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* HighPriest: Always Nearly always evil. Sometimes thin and evil, sometimes fat and evil, but always evil. You may also meet a High Priestess. Regardless of whether she’s attractive and motherly or thin and severe, she’ll always be good.



* TheLostWoods: An evil forest full of aggressive trees and vicious monsters is mainstay of Tour quests.

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* TheLostWoods: An evil forest full of aggressive trees and vicious monsters is a mainstay of Tour quests.
26th Aug '17 6:57:08 PM Theriocephalus
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They apparently fled to Fantasyland from our world to avoid being hunted into extinction due to being thought to be evil monsters. In reality, they’re actually aligned with Good, even though they eat people.
24th Jun '17 9:28:35 PM PaulA
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* ShoutOut: [[TheLordOfTheRings "[Cursed rings] must be returned from whence they came, preferably at over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the curse means you won't want to do this."]] Among others.
** Some of the Other Tough Guides:
*** Series/DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
*** Literature/{{Flatland}}: The Tough Guide to Flat Worlds

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* ShoutOut: [[TheLordOfTheRings ShoutOut:
** [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings
"[Cursed rings] must be returned from whence they came, preferably at over a thousand degrees Fahrenheit, and the curse means you won't want to do this."]] Among others.
"]]
** Some of the Other Tough Guides:
*** Series/DoctorWho: The
Guides include ''The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
*** Literature/{{Flatland}}: The
Box)'' (''Series/DoctorWho'' and possibly ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'') and ''The Tough Guide to Flat WorldsWorlds'' (''Literature/{{Flatland}}'' or ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', depending what is meant by "flat").
24th Jun '17 1:46:14 PM nombretomado
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*** DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)

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*** DoctorWho: Series/DoctorWho: The Tough Guide to Transport in the Multiverse (Mostly by Telephone Box)
14th Jun '17 10:23:21 AM penguinist
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* DeadUnicornTrope: A sort of gender-based WackyWaysideTribe plot/setting is mentioned, in which while boys do one thing, girls get to bond with dragons. The thing is, that while there are books with female DragonRider characters (i.e. ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''), there doesn't seem to be any series in which that was an exclusively female activity--it's closer to exclusively male in the Pern books,[[note]]Only the very few gold (queen) dragons bond with females, and at the start of the series even they don't actually ride.[[/note]] and the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' likewise features males making that bond, and all of these books were written before the Guide was published. It is worth noting, however, that Jones wrote it after reading umpteen Tolkien-esque, Tolkien-length novels as a judge in a contest. She was probably not referring to any published books when she wrote this.

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* DeadUnicornTrope: A sort of gender-based WackyWaysideTribe plot/setting is mentioned, in which while boys do one thing, girls get to bond with dragons. The thing is, that while there are books with female DragonRider characters (i.e. ''Literature/DragonridersOfPern''), there doesn't seem to be any series in which that was an exclusively female activity--it's closer to exclusively male in the Pern books,[[note]]Only the very few gold (queen) dragons exclusively bond with females, and at the start of the series even they don't actually ride.ride (later, and in the past, greens would sometimes bond with women).[[/note]] and the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' likewise features males making that bond, and all of these books were written before the Guide was published. It is worth noting, however, that Jones wrote it after reading umpteen Tolkien-esque, Tolkien-length novels as a judge in a contest. She was probably not referring to any published books when she wrote this.
9th Jun '17 6:22:22 PM PaulA
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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]][[note]]Yes, ''Shadowrun'' takes place in the American ''North''west. There may have been some misremembering.[[/note]]

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* OurElvesAreBetter: They are, as per always, immortal (and always youthful), and wiser, more ethereal, more magical, better-looking and just generally better than humans. They have been in decline since humans turned up, and now most of the them are passing West -- which here means they have been moving to the American Southwest, where they [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} wear punk clothing and ride motorcycles.]][[note]]Yes, ''Shadowrun'' takes place in the American ''North''west. There may have been some misremembering.[[/note]]
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