Joe Abercrombie Call & Answer
Mr Joe is answering reader questions over on his blog and has posted his response to the query "Why so cynical?":
Full Answer (with spoilers for The First Law Trilogy): HEREOccasionally I hear people say that the world is full of light, humour, and love, and books that don’t include those things are just as unrealistic as those which feature nothing but. Well, no book contains every aspect of life, they all emphasise some things over others. But I think it’s fair to say that commercial epic fantasy in the wake of Tolkien, through the 80s and 90s, was generally very much on the simply heroic, trope-filled and predictable side of the scales (with some important exceptions, of course, with gaming stuff written in the Warhammer world and Martin’s Game of Thrones being important influences on me). It seems to me that some books which examine those tropes and present a different take on life are not only unsurprising but deeply necessary.