I'm a great lover of rock music - punk, metal, straight up rock - and I'm a great lover of fantasy fiction! I foolishly only took one book into the bath this evening and finished reading it before I was done with relaxing in the bubbles and the heavenly scent *grins* So that left me some time to muse - and my rather whimsical thoughts led me in this direction...
The history of rock music is convoluted and should be taught at school (as in, School of Rock), and I amused myself with going through parts of this history and fitting various branches of fantasy fiction to it.
Here are some of my ideas - please do fill in the gaps and add your own in the comments!
The idea that led me into this originally was the way that grunge music came out and bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam swept aside the hair metal that had been so prevalent (Guns 'n' Roses, Aerosmith etc.) Since I was reading The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, it was enormously easy to put him in the role of Nirvana - something that didn't do anything new, but *sounded* as though it did, and felt fresh and new in a scene that had grown incredibly stale.
So then I felt I had to fit certain authors to Guns 'n' Roses and Aerosmith - I thought that Raymond E Feist and Terry Brooks probably fit the bill. Have been around for a fair amount of time, but are feeling a little old and tired now, and keep churning out similar material in the hopes that people will still listen/read.
I'm putting it out there that Tolkien sits easily alongside Led Zeppelin - desperately beloved by many, although lots of people aren't sure exactly why. A few absolutely classic tracks (a la The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and then some self-indulgent rubbish - which many listeners argue is just misunderstood genius (The Silmarillion).
I could take it further! Y'know the whole emo trend recently? Whiny kids talking about love and hurting? There you have the whole move to urban fantasy that has occurred over the last few years.
In the current climate of more grimy and realistic fantasy, Brandon Sanderson stands out as someone who harks back to a more traditional version of fantasy in a lot of ways. For us in England, we had the band The Darkness - they brought back hair metal in a rather tongue-in-cheek fashion and were very en vogue for a year or so. That makes Brandon Sanderson this guy!
Oh, and hey! Let's go open a big old can of worms and have people crying foul at me! New Weird is totally Prog Rock - Dream Theater, Rush, Frost. The ultimate in pretentious fret-wankery where the composition of the music and the expertise with the instruments is deemed more important than the pleasure of the listeners! Have at that, Jeff VanderMeer! *grins*
And punk - the Sex Pistols and God Save the Queen and all that: the only person who feels close to this is Michael Moorcock. Someone who has stuck two fingers up at the establishment and does his own thing.
Oooh, and more worms everywhere - the YA trend is totally McFly!
Ha, I had so much fun with this - in fact, I can't stop! Ursula LeGuin is totally Janis Joplin, right?
Anyway, your turn - which rock music fits which fantasy fiction for you? What do you *totally* agree with from the above? Have fun!
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