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Drama Circuits Still Overloaded

My real-life dra­ma tol­er­ance cir­cuits were total­ly burned out with mar­riage v.3. I’m cool with that. I was able to han­dle much more of it in fic­tion, though I’m not big on whiney char­ac­ters.

I guess the Stephanie Mey­er back­lash is still with me, though, because after fin­ish­ing the fifth of Lau­ra Anne Gilman’s Retriev­er nov­els, Falling Free, I tried read­ing Anne Bishop’s Tan­gled Webs.

I just start­ed read­ing Bish­op ear­li­er this year, and tru­ly enjoyed the ear­li­er Realms of the Blood books. I did notice that every­body in the books is more than slight­ly high-strung, and that (as is so often the case), good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills would have large­ly removed most the plot premis­es.

I mean, yeah, evil peo­ple plot, what are you going to do about it? Stick togeth­er and talk to the peo­ple you care about, dammit! Nev­er believe you’ve been betrayed with­out doing some fact-check­ing, at the very least!

But I just got a few chap­ters into Tan­gled Webs, and there they go again. I think lithi­um needs to be added into the water table of this uni­verse.

I’m dis­ap­point­ed, because I do enjoy many things about Bishop’s writ­ing. Maybe I’ll give that one anoth­er try some­day in the future. For now, it goes back to the library.

Grey­walk­er by Kat Richard­son is next on the stack!

6 comments

  1. Hope says:

    ARG! Bad-com­mu­ni­ca­tion-dri­ven plots dri­ve me up the wall. It’s one thing to respond to poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion between PCs in a role play­ing game with plot they could have avoid­ed — in that case, they’re suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences of their choic­es. In a nov­el I didn’t get to make that choice.

    I clear­ly need to watch more Buffy 🙂 I’ve got­ten to play Wil­low in a cou­ple RPGs — she’s great fun.

    Hmm — I seem to have RPGs on the brain today 🙂

  2. SilverSliver says:

    I coldn’t real­ly make it through more than 10 pages of Twi­light when my friend loaned it to me. I was real­ly dis­ap­point­ed that the first plot hole appeared on page 5 (no air­port secu­ri­ty or board­ing pass­es) and she spent the whole time bitch­ing and moan­ing about how she hat­ed the town of Forks and the idea of hav­ing to share a bath­room with her dad. I decid­ed my time was worth more than that, and will be return­ing the book to the per­son who loaned it to me.

    I have no patience for a lot of the BS any­more, even fic­tion­al.

  3. Caitlin says:

    Hi!
    I’m amor_de­mi_al­ma on Live­Jour­nal, and I was won­der­ing if I could adver­tise my com­mu­ni­ty on the LJ com­mu­ni­ty you main­tain, “dis­abled­stu­dent”> And since I see you mod­er­ate gim­p_s­nark, I’ll ask about that one, too. I’m a mem­ber of both. My com­mu­ni­ty is glbtq_dis­abled. Please email me back at caitlin­h4590 @ gmail​.com or com­ment on my LJ to let me know if this is okay. Thank you so much! I also added you to my friends page; your jour­nal and bio are awe­some. And no, I’m not suck­ing up; they real­ly are. 🙂
    Thank you so much,
    Caitlin

  4. cyn says:

    Hi Caitlin – nice to “meet” you! That’s alto­geth­er too sweet 🙂

    I’m afraid I stopped let­ting any­body pro­mote oth­er com­mu­ni­ties on any of the ones I mod­er­ate, because so many peo­ple would join just to post an ad, then leave, nev­er actu­al­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing. It’s total­ly accept­able to use a “.sig line” at the end of posts and com­ments point­ing to your com­mu­ni­ty, though.

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