Thanks for your feedback! Absolutely, I agree, one hundred percent; Moorcock is exceptional and consciously subverted many of the classic tropes; his hermaphrodite as Final Solution/Next Stage (of evolution) in the first Jerry Cornelius adventure was brilliant and I believe is still a pretty 'radical' idea. However, I would argue (just to play devil's advocate) that in general women remain secondary to the male heroes in his stories, and tend to serve a decorative function as 'object of desire' and repeatedly find themselves in distress, in need of rescue. There are certainly stories in which his female characters enjoy causality and subjectivity; the End of Times stories come to mind, but these are more his Harlequinade cycle and not exactly in the 'heroic' vein I am talking about. All of the avatars of the Eternal Champion I can think of are men, as are the majority of their 'sidekicks'. Granted, it has been many years since Ive read Moorcock, and most of the works I am referring to are mostly from the 60s and 70s. There is the Una Person and Catherine Cornelius stories, in which the protagonist is female, the sporadic lesbianism of the characters feels like it serves a more titillating function than serving the narrative; these stories could just as well be Jerry Cornelius adventures, without the girl-on-girl scenes. Don't get me wrong, Moorcock is one of my all time favorite fiction writers, and he has always been a major inspiration to write, and particularly to write in this particular genre. I'm curious about the tropes of the genre themselves. Are they being perpetuated in contemporary pulp fiction? I haven't been keeping up on my contemporaries as much as I should, so I dont know so much about print. Based on what I see in the storytelling in film and on television, I can probably make some assumptions. Can these tropes be sufficiently subverted simply by role reversal? Or do the tropes themselves need to be reinvented? Not deep enough into Jirel yet to see if she answers some of my questions.Elric does not really fit in with the other pulps you mention. It is more recent, mainly being written in the 60s& 70s, and it has a tendency to subvert the old cliches. Moorcock is a very knowing writer.
Thank you so much, that means so much to me from you xI finished Into A Blood Red Sky by @Jo Zebedee and I must say the book was excellent. In my opinion it was the best book she's ever written (I have not read her Fantasy stuff.) For me the story was accessible, unlike some stories, I didn't have any trouble understanding who the characters were or what they were attempting. I found the story to be worrying in that the very near future of the supposed apocalypse without adding anything to our historical position was scary. One of my least favorite things about apocalyptic stories is that I can usually see no reason for whatever hope the book presents. Jo's ending is interesting, compelling, and satisfying, all while being true to the center narrative and setting of the story.
I left a review on Amazon and gave it one of my rare 5 star ratings. I am really impressed.
Here's the review:
This story is both as good and as dark as apocalyptic literature gets. Jo has been listed as one of the 10 greatest SF writers in Irish history. This book just cements that view.
The world has descended rapidly into a climate apocalypse. Only territory as far north as Ireland is truly habitable. People are flocking north looking for a place to survive, and those who already live there are doing all they can to protect their place.
This story looks at the worst of human nature, but also at the spark of decency that has sustained humanity through many horrid situations before.
You will love the main characters and remember the story for a long, long time.
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