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dragonforsale · a year ago
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The four wizard genders are evil, dramatic, gay, and hubris
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fandomsandfeminism · 6 months ago
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So you want a *different* book about magic schools...
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Carry On is an obvious choice if you are a big fan of *certain* magical school chosen one stories but really want something new. Its gay, it subverts tropes, it's fun.
The OG! Wizard of Earthsea is really the grandfather of the wizard-school idea. Ursula K LeGuin is one of the best fantasy writers of the last century. Start here and follow the series as it grows and evolves.
Equal Rites- how could I not recommend a Discworld book? Many Discworld books take place in the Unseen University, but this is the first, and Esk is an amazing protagonist.
Lobizona- girls are witches, boys are werewolves...except that this girl is a werewolf too. Very fun world building, and a great example of bringing latinx influence into this well worn fantasy trope.
The Lightning Thief- ok, its summer camp for demigods, not school for magicians. But the vibes are going to feel very familiar for fans of he who shall not be named, the series only gets better as it goes, and the fandom rocks.
The Fifth Season- the darkest and certainly most adult suggestion here. NOT a YA rec. But incredible world building. Tragic and fascinating and powerful. Jemisin really is one of the front runners in fantasy, especially Black fantasy, right now.
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spokenitalics · 4 months ago
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Commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivializes. It proceeds by depriving the old stories of their intellectual and ethical complexity, turning their action to violence, their actors to dolls, and their truth-telling to sentimental platitude. Heroes brandish their swords, lasers, wands, as mechanically as combine harvesters, reaping profits. Profoundly disturbing moral choices are sanitized, made cute, made safe. The passionately conceived ideas of the great storytellers are copied, stereotyped, reduced to toys, molded in bright-colored plastic, advertised, sold, broken, junked, replaceable, interchangeable.
What the commodifiers of fantasy count on and exploit is the insuperable imagination of the reader, child or adult, which gives even these dead things life—of a sort, for a while.
Ursula K. Le Guin, foreword to The Tales of Earthsea
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mostlyghostie · 4 months ago
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Fantasies. I love most of these, could not stand one of them and one I loved until halfway, when it became intolerably annoying. Guesses?
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turnipwine · 4 months ago
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earthsea drawings from 2020
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ghost-wyvern · 9 months ago
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A young goat herder on the Isle of Gont.
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jpechacek · 29 days ago
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a wizard of earthsea
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dndspellgifs · 5 months ago
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So I was looking up whether Ursula K. Le Guin was in influenced by Terry Pratchett when she wrote Tehanu when I came across this transcript of a talk by him. Pretty interesting and if you're like me and miss Terry with a heartaching intensity, the comedy is like coming back home. This is before he publishes Equal Rites two years later, and before Le Guin subverts her patriarchal world 5-ish years later with Tehanu.
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sannartsies · 4 days ago
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A wizard of Earthsea
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ehlihr · 11 months ago
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quick earthsea sketchdump (+ a little tombs of atuan :) )
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blurryhumanoid · a year ago
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(ID: meme that on the left side is labeled "Earthsea wizards" and shows a grayscale picture of a person sitting against a wall and clutching their head, with the text "No power comes without a price. Magic is dangerous and unpredictable and could have unintended consequences. Such as Summoning Things." On the right side it is labeled "Discworld wizards" and shows a brightly colored picture of a person wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, smiling and giving a thumbs up to the camera, with the text "No power comes without a price! Magic is dangerous and unpredictable and could have unintended consequences! Such as Summoning Things!" End ID)
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beetleb0ne · 3 months ago
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a personal comic about Ursula K Leguin and A Wizard of Earthsea
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misconceptionsofus · 3 months ago
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Ged and Vetch by Marian Churchland
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hazeism · a month ago
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THERE IS A HOLE IN THE WORLD, AND THE LIGHT IS RUNNING OUT OF IT. THERE IS A HOLE IN THE WORLD, AND THE SEA IS RUNNING OUT OF IT.
Ursula K. Le Guin’s THE FARTHEST SHORE && angelo musco  / isabel allende / franz kafka /  marina tsvetaeva / anastasia ax / simone de beauvior / linda vachon / alexandra chu
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mr-craig · a month ago
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"I think," Tehanu said in her soft, strange voice, "that when I die, I can breathe back the breath that made me live. I can give back to the world all that I didn't do. All that I might have been and couldn't be. All the choices I didn't make. All the things I lost and spent and wasted. I can give them back to the world. To the lives that haven't been lived yet. That will be my gift back to the world that gave me the life I did live, the love I loved, the breath I breathed."
~ Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Other Wind
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lakefama · a year ago
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finished a new music animatic!*
a retelling of Ursula K. LeGuin's The Tombs of Atuan (2nd Earthsea book)
my goal was to make this somewhat comprehensible to those who haven't read the books but if not i hope u enjoy the vibes at least ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ there’s a summary in the youtube description (captions available too)
*(animatic?animation? somewhere btwn these two, really) 
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thehauntedrocket · 8 months ago
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Vintage Paperback - A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Bantam (1975)
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jpechacek · a month ago
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the tombs of atuan
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the-hearth-and-the-wild · a year ago
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Commodified fantasy takes no risks: it invents nothing, but imitates and trivializes. It proceeds by depriving the old stories of their intellectual and ethical complexity, turning their action to violence, their actors to dolls, and their truth-telling to sentimental platitude. Heroes brandish their swords, lasers, wands, as mechanically as combine harvesters, reaping profits. Profoundly disturbing moral choices are sanitized, made cute, made safe.
- Ursula Le Guin, Foreword to Tales from Earthsea
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metacarpus · 5 months ago
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'The eventual statement, on Le Guin’s part, is that fantasy does not need to be conflict-driven in order to remain fantasy; in fact, neither does any kind of story. Instead of simply putting a sword in a woman’s hand and call it a feminist story, she questioned the usefulness and value of the sword itself.'
-- excerpt from the conclusion for my master's thesis (2021)
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