March 15th, 2011

Take notes

Dept. of something completely different

Good Writing is Good, and Logical

I'm still glued to new programs and news sites and newspapers, trying to determine how the multiple disasters in Japan will affect the entire world - and I'm pretty certain that's going to be the case, beyond even the tremendous sorrow and heartache that Japan is experiencing now - but I tried to take a break today because it was necessary for my mental health.

I took a saunter through Live Journal as part of that break, and I ran into this excellent piece of writing from the_arc5 . She talks about her reaction to a dismissive quote about slash-oriented Lord of the Rings fan fiction. As I read it, i found myself nodding and going, "she's right." I don't read a lot of LotR fanfic*, slash or otherwise, which I realize is because I have a perhaps unhealthy awe of Tolkien and his works. As I read the_arc5 's piece, I realized, to my shame, that I'd probably incorporated some of the attitude of the speaker whose quote she examines. I found her piece a well-written reminder to me that I'm just as apt to fall prey to to illogical and biased assumptions as anyone else.


*Although this has been changing, largely because of azalaisdep 's excellent LotR fic offerings.