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Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...


Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)

19 High-Brow, -19 Violent, -9 Experimental and 17 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is definitely one of the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers of all times. Her most famous fantasy work to date is the Earthsea suite of novels and short stories, in which Le Guin created not only one of the most believable societies in fantasy fiction, but also managed to describe a school for wizards almost three decades before Harry Potter. Although often categorized as written for young adults, these books have entertained and challenged readers of all ages since their publication.

Le Guin is no stranger to literary experiments (see for example Always Coming Home(1985)), but much of her story-telling is quite traditional. In fact, she makes a point of returning to older forms of story-telling, which, at her best, enables her to create something akin to myth. One shouldn't confuse myth with faerytale, though. Nothing is ever simplified in Le Guin's world, as she relentlessly explores ethical problems and the moral choices that her characters must make, as must we all. While being one of those writers who will allow you to escape to imaginary worlds, she is also one who will prompt you to return to your actual life, perhaps a little wiser than you used to be.

You are also a lot like Susan Cooper.

If you want some action, try Michael Moorcock.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, C S Lewis.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetical, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 19 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -19 points, making you more Peaceful than Violent. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you aren't, and you don't, then you are peaceful as defined here. At their best, peaceful people are the ones who encourage dialogue and understanding as a means of solving conflicts. At their worst, they are standing passively by as they or third parties are hurt by less scrupulous individuals.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -9 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received 17 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
There is no doubt that she is a great writer. Not my taste. I have had too much Earthsea stuffed down my throat in our SF reading group over the years. She belongs to that group of writers such as Wolfe and Norton who like to shroud their fantasy in mystery so that you cannot see through the fog to see what is really going on. I still like her Left Hand of Darkness best. It was controversial when I read it. Fanfictions readers would probably find it tame.

I ended up with Rowling because I am not cynical enough.Not my choice at all. I would have preferred Moorcock or Eddings. I am sure how Card can be considered a fantasy writer. Ender is SF while Alvin the Maker is alternative history.
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I hate the earthsea trilogy, fwiw. I know it's her perrnially popular work, but I don't see it as all that great.

But I love Lefthand of Darkness, the Lathe of Heaven, and the Dispossessed, and a few of her lesser known books in the late 80s.

Probably Lathe is my favorite. This probably makes me a non-mainstream LeGuin fan.

But what I really like is how she uses language and how I care about her characters...

Jun. 9th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
And my daughter adored her Catwings stories when she was younger. :D
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I haven't read too much by her, and it was when I was younger too. I really should get back into reading more books, than fanficcage. ;p There's so many good books out there. I'm always telling people I beta for; if you're not sure about how something should be written, take a look a real book. (It works really well for dialogue questions. ;p)
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Back when I was still professoring, we arranged for the artist Ernest Gaines to come talk with the students from our English program, and that's pretty much what he did...If he got stuck, he told our kids, he'd go read how other writers handled similar things, until he got a handle on what he wanted to do.

He's a good, thoughtful writer. If I had stayed professoring, I probably would have started writing critical papers on his stuff...
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Really? Cool! It does work as odd as it sounds.

*nods* That's so cool!

When you take your time, and you research even the tiniest of details, something that most peopel wouldn't give a second glance at, it shows that you care about your work. I knwo a lot of peopel who say, "Who cares? It's only fanfiction." But to me it's still a story whether or not you're playing with someone else's characters & settings and you should take pride in your work, no?
Jun. 9th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I understand the need to know all the little details...I have built quite a little library of things chasing that! LOL.

I agree!
Jun. 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I spent many an hour, happily surfing the net, looking up stuff! ;p I think if I ahd the funds & the space, I'd probably own the books on the subject too. XD

Jun. 9th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool! I read Left Hand of Darkness for undergrad English and liked it in spite of having to analyze it within an inch of its life *shakes head* You want to talk srs bzns, that was my uni prof...don't think the woman understood the concept of reading for pleasure.

Anyways, this is pretty awesome, and flattering to get the same writing profile as you!
Jun. 9th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I read it once for a lit class as well...but I had already read it before I had the class.

You got to understand, though, critical reading IS pleasure for a lot of people who get advanced degrees in English. I can be guilty of that one myself...
Jun. 9th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
critical reading IS pleasure for a lot of people who get advanced degrees in English

Well, maybe, LOL, but I got the distinct feeling this woman found little pleasure in her critical analyses, either. She just took everything so...seriously. Even pulp fiction. I know the inside of a writer's mind, and sometimes I just wanted to tell her, "No. There isn't always some deep, dark, mysterious hidden reason that we have the characters do that. I promise!"

It was a very frustrating class, but at least it told me I wanted to stay far, far away from critical analysis if at all possible LOL!!
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