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

Robert Jordan (1948-2007)

-11 High-Brow, -9 Violent, -9 Experimental and 23 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are Low-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

Robert Jordan, the pen name for James Oliver Rigney, Jr, was the author of the best-selling Wheel of Time series. This gargantuan piece of fiction, set in a world where half the source of magic has been tainted by the Evil One, so that only women can do magic without turning insane, was published between 1990 and 2005. It is scheduled to be finished by 2011 by author Brandon Sanderson, who will be working from Jordan's extensive notes, since the latter's tragic and premature death in cardiac amyloidosis made it impossible for him to finish the series by himself.

Fantasy readers across the world will remember Jordan as the creator of one of the most detailed secondary worlds ever imagined by a single person, with carefully crafted cultures, legends and conflicts. This he used as the setting for a grand epic tale of the traditional fantasy theme of Good against Evil and seemingly insignificant people discovering that they are destined to play an important role in this struggle. Although the plot centres around conflict and several important characters are warriors, be it by choice or necessity, Jordan does not bask in gory details of violence and war is described as something evil that essentially does more harm than good. However, he is able to discern the forces that might push countries into conflict, leaving little room for over-romantic notions of ever-lasting peace.

All this makes Jordan's epic tale the choice for those who are not daunted by the scope and length of what is, perhaps, the longest story ever written. There are plenty who would say that it is also one of the best.

You are also a lot like J K Rowling.

If you want some action, try David Eddings.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Gene Wolfe.

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 -11 points, making you more Low-Brow than High-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, while a typical low-brow would favour the best-selling kind. At their best, low-brows are honest enough to read what they like, regardless of what "experts" and academics say is good for them. At their worst, they are more likely to read what their neighbours like than what they would choose themselves.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -9 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 -9 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 23 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. 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, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

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I've never read any Robert Jordan. I made it partway through the first Harry Potter and gave up on it as being too derivative, too predicatable and non-sensical. Though I have been reading Snape/Hermione of late.... And the closes I've come to Eddings is an Inuyasha crossover. However, I did read and enjoy Shadow of the Torturer and I read part of the Book of the Long Sun.


I scored as Ursula Le Guin, which is interesting as she was probably one of the first fantasy writers I read.

Ooh, a high-brow, eh?

I don't know about that, but I love language and I think that comes off as high-brow sometimes.

I'm Lian Hearn. I'm not a big fan of fantasy, so I see why I've never heard of her.

I'm not a big fan but I do think she should be required reading for perpetrators of fan-girl Japanese in their fics. She manages to maintain a really good sense of historical Japan (to this western barbarian) without ever using a Japanese word. For example, she never says "katana", it's always "sword"

I got Orson Scott Card. I've never read his stuff but sounds interesting!

I read some Card back in the day. I really liked the short story, "Ender's Game" which he later expanded to a novel that was also pretty good but, as far as I was concerned, he just drove the whole thing into the ground. I haven't readm any of the Alvin Maker (I think that's the guy) stuff.

So you're Mormon and openly homophobic?

He writes pretty well, but most of his books end up being messiah novels.

So you're Mormon and openly homophobic?
Um no. I read the summary to Ender's Game and thought that was interesting. I don't really care what his religion is in order to check out his books.

I got Lian Hearn too. Never heard of her but she sounds like someone I might enjoy reading. I think it's interesting that you and I got nearly the same score for brows and cynicism. I was in the low positives for the other 2.

I'm more of the word vomit type of writer. I don't see myself as a fantasy reader even though I read so much manga and tween vamp books (the tween vamp stuff is more so I understand what Rachel is reading).

I don't think I've read Jordan either, but my uninformed opinion (why let a lack of info stop me from having an opinion-mine change so easily anyway as they evolve) of a tale "...set in a world where half the source of magic has been tainted by the Evil One, so that only women can do magic without turning insane..." is that I think it would be more interesting if only the women could do magic because they were insane.

I wonder how that would work itself out.... Interesting meme with a decent level of depth.

I like how you think! (re the insane women mages)

I did think this quiz had some slightly more interesting options than usual.

Those generator memes bore me. The results can be amusing but, ehhh.