August 1st, 2006

baby

Empires

Of course I forgot that empires in general and aged ones in particular are omnipresent in fantrasy, where so many otherwise scorned dreams or indulgences are found. I suppose it could be argued that one of the "uses" of fantasy (I wouldn't argue it because the "uses" of literature are of little interst to me) would be to express edenic or arcadian or childish impulses that need not be justified.  I've told my writing students in fantasy that they are the only writers around who can still get away with making ugly disabled people expressions of evil, or call short people dwarves without offense (except aesthetic).  The same goes with picturing wise and kindly absolute monarchs as a good thing, or social hierarchies, even lineage-based, as natural and unexceptionable.