Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

Discussion in 'Archive: Census and Games' started by Gandalf the Grey, May 24, 2002.

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Who is the greatest modern fantasy author?

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire) 12 vote(s) 3.9%
J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) 181 vote(s) 59.3%
Neil Gaiman (Sandman) 3 vote(s) 1.0%
Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time) 13 vote(s) 4.3%
Matthew Woodring Stover (Heroes Die) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Tad Williams (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Terry Pratchet (Discworld) 9 vote(s) 3.0%
David Eddings (The Belgariad) 8 vote(s) 2.6%
Terry Goodkind (The Sword of Truth) 5 vote(s) 1.6%
Other (some other book or series) 64 vote(s) 21.0%
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  1. BauconBatista Jedi Master

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    Other, for J.K. Rowling.

    I find it quite pathetic that you exclude JKR just because she's "overrated" to you. I HATE it when people think their opinion is so superior that it can dictate who gets to be on this poll(Tolkien shouldn't even be on this list, since it says MODERN).
  2. TiedDown_30_04 Jedi Knight

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    JKR shouldn't be on the list since she so blatently copied/ stole ideas and character from Tolkien. Tolkien rules all and wrote stories deeper than JKR can possibly imagine. :cool: Just my humble opinion, though. :D
  3. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    She stole and copied from Tolkien in much the same way Tolkien "stole and copied" from Eddison, and all kinds of sagas and myths.
  4. TiedDown_30_04 Jedi Knight

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    Point noted, Mastage. ;)

    Wait, I thought you shot yourself?
  5. LordJoda-181 Jedi Master

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    I love Stover but Tolkien's work was so monumental it can be touched
  6. Anastasia_Fel Jedi Master

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    Robert Jordan, but it was a hard choice seeing as David Eddings is one of the best.
  7. JediSara Jedi Grand Master

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  8. Master_Renegade Jedi Padawan

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    Tokien bores me. It's like reading Charles Dickens with all that neadless description. I know what a meadow looks like for crying out loud, move on with the story.

    The movies improved Tolkiens story. But that's just my opinion. It takes many opinions to make the world go round. Half the world would argue that. So be it.

    I like Mercedes Lackey. Specifically the Heralds of Valdemar series. Try em ;)

    And I couldn't believe they left out Hobb, and Rowling either. Especially Rowling, considering the shear number of people who've read at least one of her books.
  9. Cloned_Sidious Jedi Grand Master

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  10. Long-Lost-Idiot Jedi Padawan

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    All praise the great and powerful John Roland Reule Tolkien!
  11. severian28 Force Ghost

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    Robert E. Howard - best American writer ever, fantasy or otherwise.
  12. Vad3r Jedi Knight

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    Chalk up another one for Tolkien.
  13. Le_Sammler Jedi Youngling

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    With out a doubt, J.R.R Tolkien!
  14. CommanderJamesBond Jedi Knight

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    J.R.R. Tolkien, King of Fantasy Authors.
  15. Xanatos_II Jedi Master

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    "You put in Tolkein, who's dead..."

    It doesn't matter if J.R.R. Tolkien is dead or not he still is and always be the best fantasy writer of our age and ages to come.
  16. Rilwen_Shadowflame Force Ghost

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    Pratchett, followed by Eddings and Tolkien. Well, outta the ones listed. Ive lotsa faves.
  17. LordofSith Jedi Knight

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    Harry Potter is soooooooooooo gay. We all know Ron will die eventually. The movies suck. Dan Radcliffe is the world's worst actor. He can't even wear the green contacts, and he gets his glasses fixed in the movie. WHY???!!!
  18. LordofSith Jedi Knight

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    I like the Brian Jacques Redwall series. They seem like kiddie books, but they're violent and funny at the same time. Eulalia!
  19. Drac39 Force Ghost

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  20. TC517 Jedi Master

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  21. flowerbee Jedi Grand Master

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    Out of the choices, I voted or Tolkien. But Rowling is also a big favorite of mine. :)
  22. Jango10 Force Ghost

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    Tolkein


    C.S. Lewis should have been a choice though.
  23. Asharak Force Ghost

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    R.A. Salvatore gets my vote.



  24. Nirnaeth Jedi Knight

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    Tolkien!

    But the one who got me into the gendre was Thamora Pierce! She's awesome, although her books might be for teenagers, they're full of adventures, magic and emotion.
    The 4 Alanna books ("The Song of the Lioness") rock so much!! [face_love]
  25. clone_commando_1993 Jedi Master

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