Tuesday, November 1, 2011

about Islamic, Arabian, and Middle Eastern fantasy

Deborah J. Ross wrote about the "Lands of Islam" panel at Islamic fantasy panel at World Fantasy Convention. She has an earlier post about prepping for it: Groupmind help on Islamic Fantasy.

Perhaps the most important point: Islamic Fantasy, Arabian Fantasy, and Middle Eastern Fantasy are not the same.

I liked the panel a lot. It inspired a question I'd like to explore someday: What is the writer's obligation to accuracy when dealing with folk tales? (My quick answer: know enough to avoid stereotypes, if only because stereotypes will bore or offend your readers.)

Our Liavek stories were mentioned favorably, which was sweet.