Reasons to read Robin Hobbs's Realm of the Elderlings
. Lotta material (it’s a series of series)
. Characterization so good it literally feels like real people
. Lots of POC (including most of the main characters)
. A genderqueer prophet is one of the major recurring characters
. Multiple different cultures and political systems (there’s a matriachy)
. Hella feminist (especially Liveship Traders)
. Telepathic powers and communicating with animals
. Most unique take(s) on dragons I’ve ever seen
. I cried. A lot.
. Last book in the most recent series is coming out this year
I’ve been on tumblr in the fanfiction realm (reading and writing) for years now, and these are the things I’ve noticed over the years.
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FAV FANFICTION WRITERS WRITING
If you read it, say something. It doesn’t matter if you drop as an ask or a message, reblog, like or reply in a post. WE DON’T CARE.Say something. It can be insanely detailed to an incoherent rambling such as “fbdhsfbdfabasdhfb.” Most anything will make us smile. There are some days where one of these messages will give us the desire to continue writing. I get it if you don’t want to reblog because it doesn’t fit the “aesthetic” of your blog, or you don’t want to like it because (like me) you have this thing about keeping your likes organized, but replying to a post leaves literally no evidence on your end and will make the writer smile.
Don’t offer advice if they haven’t asked for it. Although it shouldn’t, hearing people say that they would’ve done something differently, or whatever scenario wouldn’t work, or a straight up insult, or whatever it happens to be, will bother us more than it should. If something about a piece is really bothering you, ask the writer if you can offer something constructive - and by constructive, I mean, offer a solution, don’t tell me I suck balls. :) In my case, when this happens, I delete your ask.
This is a BIG ONE, and a very simple one. WE ARE NOT MACHINES. We have lives, and we also like to write. We do so for free and on our own time, so don’t complain if you don’t get an update when you think it should be up. (This isn’t an issue for me thankfully, but I see this a lot with multi-chapter fics. People want what they want when they want it with no regard for the writers feelings.)
While many writers, myself included, desire recognition for our work, the majority of us write because we have too many feelings inside us and need to get them out in some way. We write for ourselves and your enjoyment of those pieces is a happy accident, so when you look at a story and think it should’ve gone differently, that’s because you weren’t the one writing it. We wanted it to go a certain way.
All that being said…THANK YOU FOR READING OUR STUFF and PLEASE CONTINUE TO ENJOY. WE LOVE YOU MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. YOUR POSITIVITY KEEPS US GOING. <3
Anyone who has read any of Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series knows how absolutely perfect this bottle of wine goes with these books! And if you were wondering, I definitely bought the wine for that reason 😂 (though the wine is quite tasty).
“I have read every word of what you have written and I am both impressed and staggered at the breadth and scope of your project. It is a massive undertaking and I commend you for having the courage to attempt something of this magnitude and the ability to pull it together. The characters sound fascinating and their backgrounds as you have detailed them will make for extremely interesting reading. I can’t even begin to imagine how you have been able to create their lineage and the backstory that goes with each of them.”–Patrick Daley, author of the Janus Chronicles.
That was just the part that made me squeal. The rest are a multitude of questions regarding what will happen next including whether it is a stand alone novel or will become part of Tolkien and whether or not I wait to publish the entire book or move ahead with “Book II: The Saga of Thranduil” first.
It almost Ring Day and Lee Pace’s Birthday: Serendipity
I would have been here sooner (as so much has happened dealing with the story) but I had to deal with a rumor that is the biggest lie in the history of lies on a place like Tumblr and also hate mail and notes on my pages. It is a shame people can hurt someone they never met or even had a conversation without any provocation of truth whatsoever. It hurt me–which was the point–but it did not defeat me. My love for my work outweighs the pettiness of others.
So horrible the near suicidal outcome of it all, I changed the dedication of the entire trilogy. It is now dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien (not my idea but the thought of the Mythopoeic Society) This makes my story a very small part of the Tolkien universe. Still unofficial (no, the rumor that Christopher Tolkien has approved it is false–nicer rumor than I steal fan art to tell my story, which I NEVER have and whenever I speak of artists–those that don’t steal the work of the photographers on the set of the films and change them and say it theirs, but really talented artist that draw their own thing–I ALWAYS give credit.).
So what would have been a weekend of celebrating the completion of Book II has been extended after spending hours of harassment and feeling hurt by so called “friends” I thought were my friends but friends don’t believe rumors–they ask and they never did. I had to move on because Thranduil–my little story–has turned the corner every authors dream of in a world that near impossible to become a part legitimately–The Tolkien Universe.
I do have to give at least one of my muses a gift–Lee Pace. Especially his birthday is the official “Ring Day” of Middle Earth. The day Sam, Frodo and Gollum destroyed the One Ring at Mount Doom. Thranduil and Celeborn were able to bring down Dol Guldur and ironically, the delays actually made if possible for me to be right on that event on the day of Ring Day and Lee Pace’s birthday. Sometimes, not everything bad is bad–at least this time. But I’m very proud of Thranduil. He’s brought his kingdom beyond literary obscurity and into the spotlight mainstream media that has the strong possibility of doing things I never thought possible.–J.