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Quiz courtesy of dragonwrangler: 
10th-Jun-2009 12:08 am
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Which fantasy writer am I?


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

Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)

5 High-Brow, -13 Violent, -5 Experimental and 29 Cynical!

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


Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is definitely one of the most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writers of all times. Her most famous fantasy work to date is the Earthsea suite of novels and short stories, in which Le Guin created not only one of the most believable societies in fantasy fiction, but also managed to describe a school for wizards almost three decades before Harry Potter. Although often categorized as written for young adults, these books have entertained and challenged readers of all ages since their publication.


Le Guin is no stranger to literary experiments (see for example Always Coming Home(1985)), but much of her story-telling is quite traditional. In fact, she makes a point of returning to older forms of story-telling, which, at her best, enables her to create something akin to myth. One shouldn't confuse myth with faerytale, though. Nothing is ever simplified in Le Guin's world, as she relentlessly explores ethical problems and the moral choices that her characters must make, as must we all. While being one of those writers who will allow you to escape to imaginary worlds, she is also one who will prompt you to return to your actual life, perhaps a little wiser than you used to be.



You are also a lot like Susan Cooper.



If you want some action, try Michael Moorcock.



If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, C S Lewis.



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 5 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.



Violent vs. Peaceful



You received -13 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 -5 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 29 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.


Author picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UrsulaLeGuin.01.jpg



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Okay, now I'm curious to see what everybody else gets... ^__^
Comments 
10th-Jun-2009 04:24 am (UTC)
I was Tove Jansson, the Moomin lady. :-)
10th-Jun-2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Hmm. Trying to decide if I was expecting that... ^^;
10th-Jun-2009 04:40 am (UTC)
I wasn't. But based on their criteria (I ranked high in "peaceful" and "romantic" and about the same as you on "traditional") it made sense.

I'll have to actually read the Moomin books now.
10th-Jun-2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
*nods* You're right. It does make sense in light of that.

Incidentally, it matches your LJ icon, too. ^_~
11th-Jun-2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
What, because of my cute little kitty-ears? :-D
12th-Jun-2009 01:24 am (UTC)
And the thought bubble with "smile" in kanji. ^_~
10th-Jun-2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Philip Pullman. o.0
10th-Jun-2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Not pleased?

(I wouldn't have minded getting Pullman, either.)
10th-Jun-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Just surprised - he's not one I would have pegged. Tolkien was my opposite, which I can buy.
10th-Jun-2009 03:57 pm (UTC)
*curious* Who would you have pegged?
12th-Jun-2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Probably Sherri Tepper. But that might be wishful thinking, and I'm not even sure she was an option. I love a writer who can completely mess with a reader's head, even when they know it's coming. Possibly CJ Cherryh.
12th-Jun-2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, well, I don't think they were choices. ^^;; But Pullman, being highbrow, violent, experimental, and cynical, was probably the closest the quiz was going to get you to somebody like Tepper.
10th-Jun-2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I got the same one you did. Sadly, I don't know who that is.
10th-Jun-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ursula K. Le Guin is widely-regarded as the premier feminist (social) science fiction writer in the US. She's one of my favorite SF novelists, so I'm glad I "got" her on the quiz. ^_^
10th-Jun-2009 12:15 pm (UTC) - My results
Your result for Which fantasy writer are you? ...
Ursula K Le Guin (b. 1929)
15 High-Brow, -21 Violent, -19 Experimental and 25 Cynical!
You are also a lot like Susan Cooper.
If you want some action, try Michael Moorcock.
If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, C S Lewis.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 15 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -21 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 -19 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 25 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.
10th-Jun-2009 12:16 pm (UTC) - Re: My results
You're a more extreme cynic than me ^^, but I beat you in being more traditional, peaceful and more snobby *grin*
10th-Jun-2009 12:18 pm (UTC) - Re: My results
Addendum:

# You scored 15 on High-Brow, higher than 74% of your peers.
# 14/100 You scored -21 on Violent, higher than 14% of your peers.
# 10/100 You scored -19 on Experimental, higher than 10% of your peers.
# 89/100 You scored 25 on Cynical, higher than 89% of your peers.

interesting ^^
10th-Jun-2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
Lian Hearn. Low brow and violent.

This makes me sad.
10th-Jun-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Okay, that result makes me LAUGH AND LAUGH.

So, so sorry for laughing at your expense. I don't mean any harm. ^_~
10th-Jun-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Love of zombies should not make one low brow!!

Insert fist shaking *here*
10th-Jun-2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
No. Perish the thought. ^_~
10th-Jun-2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Phillip Pullman! The religious version, I guess. And my opposite is Tolkien. Yay!

P.S.--Congrats on running to the UK to do us all proud. ^_^
10th-Jun-2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Phillip Pullman! The religious version, I guess.

I thought he was an atheist...?

P.S.--Congrats on running to the UK to do us all proud. ^_^

Thanks. I hope I'm going to be able to live up to everyone's expectations...
10th-Jun-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
*I'm* the religious version of him. As a practicing Muslim, I'm pretty much the farthest thing from an atheist you can get. ^_^ That's one thing Pullman and I definitely don't have in common. But I've loved his work since reading The Ruby and the Smoke in 7th grade, so I'm pleased.
10th-Jun-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. The sentence structure made it seem like you were talking about him, not yourself.

I'd say Pullman is a secular humanist, anyway--and I think that same prioritization of the care of others is the best that religion offers, too.
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