August 21st, 2005
|ratwings||09:50 pm - Two rejections in one ticket...|
I can't believe I got two rejections on one ticket! *wah* One of them was caused by quite a bit of stupidity on my part... I really can't believe I didn't rememebr the rules properly... I wanted to post a painting I did for a friend. It's a handsome asian elf samurai type guy, with a bow, and a phoenix in the background. There is also this inside joke between my friend and I, because she's obsessed with this Chinese singer named Jay Chou. Yeah... the painting is *sorta* based off of Jay Chou, who *is* a celebrity. But honestly, the resemblance is miniscule and I would bet my rats that if I hadn't said anything in the description, no one would have recognized him. I just made him look like your generic handsome anime-ish guy. And now I've blown my chances of ever posting this picture, which I happen to quite like.
The other rejection is a bit more puzzling... it's a re-upload from before the crash. Which means that yes, it was accepted before. It's a firelizard, so it's Anne McCaffrey fan art. I was very careful in my description to explain all that, basically giving a flippin encyclopedia entry on Anne McCaffrey and her brilliant works. BUT apparently I did not put in the proper little (R) thigy... you know what I mean, the little R inside the circle. ACK!!! I am so computer illiterate, I have no idea how to make one of those. The mod suggested copying the symbol from the rules page. I will try it, of course, but I'm kinda sad that I'm gonna have to wait like.... another month or two before this drawing is actually published. (I don't believe in single picture tickets... I like to save 'em up for a bit so I have a few...because I know i'll be in the middle of the queue when i have something new i want to upload).
This really stinks.
Current Mood: sad
nope, it's in the rules that they need the Pern trademark, complete with the little (r) symbol that's a pain to produce, o.O
I'm so happy I was never interested in doing Pern fanart, and never going to.
I've never even read any McCaffrey. Am I missing anything?
Possibly. I liked her stuff a lot when I first found it, but after several books, enough was enough. DragonFlight is great, and I liked Dragonsingerand Dragonsong a lot, though in retrospect Melony is a bit of a Mary Sue. But...well...she's a readable one unlike, oh, Rhapsody... (grr...Rhapsody...must...kill...)
Dapends. Her books are entertaining, and her World of Pern, where humans and sentient dragons live in symbiosis, will probably stay in your mind. However her plot and characterizations are pretty run of the mill. The effect is that after some books, I lost interest and never reread.
That's odd. I've read all the Pern books (except for the newest by her son) and I found that each book was very good, and that the plot and characterizations were a lot better than most of the other stuff I've read.
YMMV, obviously. I've read some McCaffrey and overall think that she is one of the most overrated SF&F authors. She just didn't read as anything special, even below average, to me.
Well, tastes differ.
Ursula K.Leguin suggested a little thumbnail test concerning characterization: If you can recall the name of the protagonist 4 weeks after you read a novel, the characterization is well done. She gave an example: After reading 'Pride and Predjudice', you will probably remember the names of Elisabeth and Darcy for far longer than 4 weeks. (I certainly did.)
As for the Pern books, I recall vividly the general setting and certain standard situations: The Wyverns where men and dragons lived together, the queen dragons and the various coloured males, the hatching when the young dragons chose their future riders, and so on. That was original and entertaining. But I can't recall a single character from her books. They all felt pretty generic to me.
|Date:||August 22nd, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)|| |
P&P is one of my favorite books. But I'm bad with names. HORRIBLE with names. I sometimes have trouble remembering what I've named my own characters... ;P So I kept getting confused and referring to Darcy as "Percy" for awhile there.
But I do agree with the basis of what UKLG means. I remember loads about the P&P characters (granted, I've read the book about a dozen or more times over the last ten years), but I honestly could not give you even ONE name from the five or six Pern books I've read.
Whereas I could name almost every main character ever written about in her book, and several of her minor characters. The same goes for her FT&T (Rowan, Damia, etc.) books...I can list the main characters for most of those as well.