Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is MIDDLE AGED HEROES
This hero stuff is usually a young person’s game. And, occasionally, a grizzled old veteran can get involved. It is a true rarity for someone to join the good fight for Fantasyland living in that in between ground.
I admit it. I came up with this topic basically assuming it would be nothing but Lois McMaster Bujold characters. Because she truly excels at doing stuff a little different. Sure Miles is the exception to the rule here, and he is probably the best known of her characters, but I won’t let that keep me down.
Requisite Pratchett Reference – Samuel and Sybil Vimes – A truly one of a kind relationship in fantasyland. A middle aged man meets a middle aged woman. Neither are hot catches beating off suitors with a stick despite one having a small amount of power and the other holding a whole lot of money. Sybil sits in the background quite a bit but by The Fifth Elephant is quite capable of holding her own; I do wish she had been given the chance to take the lead in a book at some point. And Vimes is arguably author’s best know and most popular character.
So why does everyone have to be so young in fantasyland?
Bujold Example #1 – Cordelia and Aral– The Vorkosigan Saga is taken over by Miles, no doubt. But it all starts with two middle aged people meeting on a strange planet. Enemies with grudging respect it isn’t love at first sight but some things are meant to be. Two characters fully capable of carrying a novel, neither taking a back seat to the other.
Bujold Example #2 – Lupe dy Cazaril – Seeing how I am in my mid thirties it pains me to call him middle aged but Caz did have some time as a galley slave to age him a bit more. Sadly he breaks my middle aged people getting together streak as his love interest in The Curse of Chalion is quite a bit younger but his story is no less interesting.
Bujold Example #3 – Itsa – Oh crud. Still have not read Paladin of Souls. Really need to get on that. But Itsa counts!
Join us next week as we look at FLYING RIDES
Because honestly? Horses just got boring. (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion).
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