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Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!

After two weeks of sitting on my hands and gnashing my teeth at veiled and not so veiled comments in another venue, I finally broke down and hugged a 'Suethor' today. I ask you, what courage and wit does it take to pick on fourteen year olds? Does it make one's own writing better? Judging from the efforts of *certain writers* I think the answer to that question is no.

Professor Tolkien may be dead, but the last I heard, he had not passed on his mantle to anyone I know. I share the frustration of having to wade through page after page of adolescent writing at ff.net to find the occasional gem among the dross, but that is the nature of the archive. That is why Eru made back buttons.

For those who insist on a modicum of writing standards, I have one suggestion: Henneth Annun Story Archive, otherwise known as HASA.

And for those who wish for a juried archive that follows canon to the letter and eschews 'Sues' I go one step further and say, try Stories of Arda.

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crowdaughter
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
My lord, I bow my head in admiration of the lengths you are going to with recommending SOA. Although I admit that for the matter at hand, it might be the right recommendation, indeed.

Oh, and when, exactly, has Suethor-hugging become a crime? I fear I missed the memo...

Aislynn
randy_o
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
My lord, I bow my head in admiration of the lengths you are going to with recommending SOA. Although I admit that for the matter at hand, it might be the right recommendation, indeed.

Thank you. One is never troubled by Sues or certain unpleasant subject matter at Stories of Arda, nor by those earnest but inexperienced young writers just trying out their wings. And one who has lamented her paucity of reviews, while the Bloom-fantasizers seem to garner pages of gushing praise at ff.net, will certainly get them at SoA for her more canonical tales. I hope she takes my well-meant suggestion to heart.

Oh, and when, exactly, has Suethor-hugging become a crime? I fear I missed the memo...

Tsk . . . did you not know that Suethors are the greatest threat our Modern World faces? And that they must be reported rather than encouraged? Silly me -- and here I thought it was Global Warming and the rapidly deteriorating state of our societal courtesy.


ignoblebard
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Love the title here: "Hey, teacher, leave those kids alone!"

Funny how people who are older and, therefore, supposed to be wiser so often aren't. As a wise man once said (I think it was me now that I recall) "Only a fool would confuse age with wisdom."

And both the archives you suggested have enough stories to keep anyone satisfied, if reading satifaction is what you're looking for.
randy_o
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Funny how people who are older and, therefore, supposed to be wiser so often aren't. As a wise man once said (I think it was me now that I recall) "Only a fool would confuse age with wisdom."

Interesting also that some of the best writers in the fandom have a reputation for being helpful to up and coming writers and a tolerance for those who will probably never get there.

And both the archives you suggested have enough stories to keep anyone satisfied, if reading satifaction is what you're looking for.

Quite true, unless what you're really after is to disguise your own shortcomings and to make yourself feel better by picking on someone 'lower' than you. I rather suspect with habitual flamers that it is the latter.
crowdaughter
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Quite true, unless what you're really after is to disguise your own shortcomings and to make yourself feel better by picking on someone 'lower' than you.

...or if one wishes to keep one's own, rather limited views and feelings of entitlement on deciding what is or what should be allowed in fiction, and what is the one and only correct way to write, by trying to impart them on less experienced writers, instead of giving them up and growing out of them.

I admit, though, that especially SoA will be less challenging to such views, and more friendly to the keeping of them. So, if a good reading archive that is not too challenging is what one is after, it is the right way to go, indeed.
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