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You know the brand of fantasy written by Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Steve Erikson, etc, etc? What do you call that?

Pick as many as you want:

Commercial fantasy
0(0.0%)
Epic fantasy
4(9.5%)
Fat fantasy
1(2.4%)
Heroic fantasy
0(0.0%)
High fantasy
1(2.4%)
Immersive fantasy
0(0.0%)
Medievalist fantasy
0(0.0%)
Quest fantasy
0(0.0%)
Secondary world fantasy
0(0.0%)
Sword & sorcery
0(0.0%)

Pick one:

Commercial fantasy
3(7.9%)
Epic fantasy
22(57.9%)
Fat fantasy
2(5.3%)
Heroic fantasy
2(5.3%)
High fantasy
3(7.9%)
Immersive fantasy
0(0.0%)
Medievalist fantasy
1(2.6%)
Quest fantasy
0(0.0%)
Secondary world fantasy
1(2.6%)
Sword & sorcery
4(10.5%)
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-02-18 11:00 am (UTC)

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David Eddings has Gods Walking The Earth, Immense Magical Power and Good/Evil dichotomies.

GRRM has complex politics, low levels of magic, a bunch of thoroughly unpleasant people all round.

While they both fall under "epic" fantasy, they do seem to me to be very different beasts.
[User Picture]From: lil_shepherd
2010-02-18 11:02 am (UTC)

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Yes.

In using the term 'heroic fantasy' for this I think I am showing my age.
[User Picture]From: dyfferent
2010-02-18 11:32 am (UTC)

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I am sad that 'sword and sorcery' seems to be going out of fashion as a label, as it's most apt.
[User Picture]From: communicator
2010-02-18 01:42 pm (UTC)

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Me too!
[User Picture]From: ajr
2010-02-18 02:01 pm (UTC)

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I associate 'sword and sorcery' with books that are massively shorter than the ones cited above; Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books (natch), and Moorcock's Elric books spring to mind as fitting the bill. Can't think of anything recent that suits the label. The Steel Remains, possibly.
[User Picture]From: dyfferent
2010-02-18 02:04 pm (UTC)

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I would call all of these sword & sorcery; to me it's a theme and not a set length.
[User Picture]From: davidcook
2010-02-18 11:50 am (UTC)

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I've also seen them disparagingly labelled "Extruded Fantasy Product" ...
[User Picture]From: oxfordhacker
2010-02-18 11:55 am (UTC)

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I actually call it 'generic fantasy'. If I'm feeling kinder, 'Tolkein-esque fantasy'. If I'm feeling less kind, 'Tough Guide fantasy'. I realise that these aren't necessarily fair descriptions, but people know what I mean.
[User Picture]From: fjm
2010-02-18 02:06 pm (UTC)

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You forgot to add "the stuff I don't read".
[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2010-02-18 02:20 pm (UTC)

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I'm answering the poll as if you had not put Robin Hobb's name on the list, because hers is different (i.e. good). You did miss "crap" off the options, though.
[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-02-18 02:29 pm (UTC)

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That seems a little unfair on GRRM.
[User Picture]From: snurri
2010-02-18 07:03 pm (UTC)

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I kinda like "doorstop" fantasy.
[User Picture]From: applez
2010-02-19 05:05 am (UTC)

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Nice! Is that like wall-insulation fantasy?
[User Picture]From: snurri
2010-02-19 02:55 pm (UTC)

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I hadn't heard of that before now, but I'm going to say yes.
[User Picture]From: bondgwendabond
2010-02-18 07:21 pm (UTC)

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Chihuahua Killers!

[User Picture]From: groolover
2010-02-18 08:36 pm (UTC)

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I just call it "fantasy", but what do I know?
[User Picture]From: applez
2010-02-19 05:04 am (UTC)

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"Epic" carries with it a value statement to me, that it is in some way iconic. Sorry, but Shannara is no Lord of the Rings.

Meanwhile, don't get me started on Tad "Where's His F-ing Editor" Williams
[User Picture]From: tinimaus
2010-02-19 01:14 pm (UTC)

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Meanwhile, don't get me started on Tad "Where's His F-ing Editor" Williams

*applauds*
[User Picture]From: nerwende
2010-02-22 12:20 pm (UTC)

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Two of these things are not like the others...

My pick was "epic fantasy". While it's not always totally accurate, it's the least offensive one.