I am a female troper from the US. I have an English literature BA and a Masters of Library Science. I primarily read fantasy, classics, and a select collection of webcomics; I watch some animated series and the occasional TV show. I have a tendency to get into works well after their heyday (for instance, I didn't watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer until 2012), particularly for TV shows, so at any given moment I'm usually working my way through a complete series. I am the Forum Herald for both Projects fora. The system sends automatic PMs to newcomers to either forum; my job is to answer any replies to the PMs, and help newbies in general.
My Philosophy of Fiction
The following quote from "On Fairy Stories" by J.R.R. Tolkien reflects my views on fantasy and fiction in general. I had originally had it at the top of the page, but it was a bit long for that.
Fantasy is a natural human activity. It certainly does not destroy or even insult Reason; and it does not either blunt the appetite for, nor obscure the perception of scientific verity. On the contrary. The keener and clearer is the reason, the better fantasy will it make. . . .
Fantasy can, of course, be carried to excess. It can be ill done. It can be put to evil uses. It may even delude the minds out of which it came. But of what human thing in this fallen world is that not true? . . . Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. . . .
The consolation of fairy-stories [is] the joy of the happy ending: or more correctly the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous "turn" (for there is no true end to any fairy-tale) . . . In its fairy-tale—or otherworld—setting, it is a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. It does not deny the existence of dyscatastrophe, of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance; it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium, giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief. . . . When the sudden "turn" comes we get a piercing glimpse of joy, and heart's desire, that for a moment passes outside the the frame, rends indeed the very web of story, and lets a gleam come through.
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Pages I wrote all or most of:
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This is a list of works which I do or at some point did consider favorites. (The list of works I particularly like is quite a bit longer; I've limited it to favorites in the interests of space.)