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Ursula K. Le Guin’s: Some assumptions about fantasy

A recent talk given by Ursula K. Le Guin (one of my favourite writers) on the assumptions made about writing fantasy stories (and why they’re wrong). She notes the assumptions are:

1. The characters are white.
2. Fantasy Land is the Middle Ages.
3. Fantasy by definition concerns a “Battle Between Good and Evil” (BBGE).

Some interesting comments on the perils of each perspective, including criticising the implicit understanding in point 3 that violence is the only answer to evil.

See Ursula K. Le Guin’s: Some assumptions about fantasy.

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