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Understood, but why is fantasy necessary as a default setting? As opposed to what Jeff Shara does?

Debra Doyle

I wouldn't go so far as to call fantasy a default setting for anything. I'm just putting forth the idea that it's as viable a medium for telling a story about the Civil War as any other. Fantasy suffers from a lack of respect in some quarters -- it's "fairy tales" or "wish fulfillment" or (most damningly) "children's stories" -- and it was that misperception that I was arguing against.


Well it is for you and your husband, but I agree with the lack of respect, and I guess I have it, albeit outside of the effort stringing any words together and getting them published takes. I think it delegitimatizes the story's factual structure in a way straight fiction doesn't. It is the place for Dragons though.

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