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Great quiz: Which Fantasy Writer are You? - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Jun. 9th, 2009 05:35 pm
Great quiz: Which Fantasy Writer are You?

I swiped this from blpurdom, and I think it's one of the most interesting quizzes I've done in a while. (It is a bit long, though.) My result:


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

Susan Cooper (b. 1935)

3 High-Brow, -29 Violent, -25 Experimental and -13 Cynical!

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


Though born in England, Susan Cooper currently lives in the United States. She is most well-known for her The Dark Is Rising sequence, which has received substantial critical acclaim, the second book (also called The Dark Is Rising) in the series winning a Newbury Honor and the fourth book (The Grey King) being awarded the Newbury Medal, one of the world's most prestigious awards for children's literature. The series is one of the finest examples of contemporary fantasy: the kind of fantasy where magic happens in an actually existing place. The Dark Is Rising is set in Britain, where two common themes of fantasy are combined; that of a magic world parallel to ours, which later became so popular with the Harry Potter books and that of ordinary British school-children playing a role in the struggle between Good and Evil, which had earlier been explored by C S Lewis.


Cooper manages to use the idiom of traditional children books to tell a tale of epic proportions, as evil beings from Celtic legends appear on Earth to do battle with the Old Ones, a secret society of people with magic powers. She is also able to combine this rather romantic vision with important messages, the compassion of one of the children being vital to the cause of Good at one point in the story. In Cooper's world, what you think and do matters on a grand scale, a message children and adults alike should take to their hearts.


You are also a lot like Ursula K Le Guin.


If you want some action, try China Miéville.


If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Lian Hearn.



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 3 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 -29 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 -25 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 -13 points, making you more Romantic than Cynical. 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, romantic people are optimistic, willing to work for a good cause and an inspiration to their peers. At their worst, they are easily fooled and too easily lead.



Take Which fantasy writer are you?
at HelloQuizzy




I haven't read Cooper's books, but of course I've heard of them. I think we have some at the school where I teach. This makes me want to check them out.

Joie

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prettyannamoon
prettyannamoon
the laughing cat
Tue, Jun. 9th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)

Oh, do - I think you'll enjoy them! There some fun Harry Potter parallels, but the series is even more fundamentally British, I think.


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Tue, Jun. 9th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)

I think you'd like them. I read them to my daughter years ago (or, to be more correct, I started reading the series to her, but by the time we finished, we were reading them together. *^^*) I believe we read The Dark Is Rising first, and then we realized that there were more books in the series, we went back and read Over Sea, Under Stone, which I feel is the weakest in the series. If I had read that one first, I might have been tempted not to continue, so just be aware of that.

I actually was thinking of re-reading them this summer, since it's been quite awhile.

Edited at 2009-06-09 11:08 pm (UTC)


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crjace
crjace
crjace
Thu, Jun. 11th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)

I enjoyed them. I agree that The Dark is Rising should really be read first. You don't miss out on anything, and it's more captivating. It's been a long time since I read them, but I still have the poems/prophycies memorized, actually!


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codecompass
codecompass
Charcoal Territory
Tue, Jun. 16th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)

I love me some Susan Cooper! The Dark is Rising sequence is amaaaazing.

I got Mary Gentle in that quiz, who I've never even heard of, but I guess I should seek her out. XD

Also, YOU HAVE A TORI AMOS MOOD THEME, AND FOR THAT I LOVE YOU.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Jun. 16th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)

:D So you're a Tori fan, too? Are you going to see her when she plays at the Bob Carr in July?


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codecompass
codecompass
Charcoal Territory
Tue, Jun. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)

Yep! Josh and I are crazy Tori fans, and we'll be at the concert, for sure. :)


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