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Apr. 17th, 2011 (UTC)

And we love you! I will not go into a long rant about the absolute ignorance of the review you mentioned, instead I just want to say this:

I love the series for many reasons, but one of the biggest ones is the fact that the women in it are strong, complicated people. And many are just plain BADASS. I have always felt that the series has strong feminist views. Anyone who misses that is just too simpleminded to see it perhaps.

Also, I was never one for Fantasy...well, actually I'm not a big Fiction fan in general really. But my husband (BF at the time) convinced me to read it and I was hooked. Now I am totally one of those "fangurls". Your books opened up my mind to a whole world of GREAT fiction- it made me realize that not ALL Sci-Fi and Fantasy was mediocre plot lines and 2-D characters made more interesting by strange creatures or complicated tech doo-hickies.

What makes great Fantasy/Sci-Fi is what makes great LITERATURE, no matter the genre. And your book was the 1st to help me realize that. Now I can really appreciate the drama and intrigue of Robin Hobb's books, or the linguistics and history woven into Tolkien's world (that of which I could write whole research papers on...actually, I have, but that's a story for another time).

Liking something has nothing to do with gender, and everything o do with preferences and tastes. I know many women who LOVE sports and just as many men who find it boring. I know plenty of men who love bubble baths and spas, and I know a bunch of women who would rather go camping. It's the same for entertainment- you like what you like because of your personality and your intellectual level. So, smart fun-loving people with imaginations will like something like Game of Thrones, while the more simple people in need of escape might prefer something about party-loving, superficial sisters painting Miami/LA/NY red; Or perhaps a good made for TV movie about kidnapping/untimely death/lost love what-have-you (what my family likes to call "Woo-Woo" movies)

Ya know, to each their own ;)

I know what I prefer though and I pick imagination and intellectual stimulation 'most every time.

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