This is a wonderful adjunct to the post I published minutes ago, “Reviews And What The Hell Do I Actually Write?”
Ursula K. LeGuin is one of those authors whose work never quite fit into a neat genre pigeonhole, despite the fact that marketing writing demands that stories be fit in genre pigeonholes regardless. And while I’m just getting started, LeGuin has long and valuable experience in writing the difficult-to-categorize.
I finally got around to catching up on my Twitter feed this morning, and it served me up this fantastic interview with Ursula K. LeGuin. (Ignore the click-bait headline; the interview goes into so much more than Amazon.) LeGuin is one of my absolute idols, one of the few authors I can really identify as a direct influence on my work. When I encountered her books as a teenager, already weary of Tolkienesque fantasy, she demonstrated that so much more can be done with the genre beyond wizards and epic battles, from the way it can explore social conventions to the way it can use allegory to pinpoint things about the human condition.
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