Hi guys, I’m almost ready with new material, but in the meantime, check me out on the Story Makers podcast
, which has no overlap with my last podcast appearance, so it’s worth a listen. We talk about “A Game of Thrones” a lot and the reader’s experience of “pleasurable masochism” while reading it. We also range over lots of fun topics, like irony and why we tell each other stories. I also mention the next book we’ll be doing (though I think it won’t actually be next.)
That was great, as always. That line from Hitchhiker's was what immediately came to my mind as well, when I was thinking about the beginning of the book. In trying to put a finer point on what makes it so great, a word I just learned the other day came to mind: "bathos". (Intentional bathos, in this case.) Wikipedia describes bathos as "an abrupt transition from a lofty style or grand topic to a common or vulgar one."
"The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant."
Good example. I recommended a video on bathos here: http://www.secretsofstory.com/2018/02/check-out-these-awesome-writing-videos.html
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