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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:10 PM
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Sword of Truth right-wing?
I'm a fan of epic fantasy, and I stumbled a while ago across the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Towards the end of the series, I became convinced that there was a lot of right-wing propaganda and symbolism in the books. I'm wondering if anyone else here at DU noticed it.
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:15 PM
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1. no
Most right wingers srn't interested in reading.
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:18 PM
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2. That doesn't stop...
The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post from publishing their right-wing biased junk.
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Crowdance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:19 PM
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3. Oh yeah! A genuine guilty pleasure.
Themes of patriarchy are very strong in this series (must be why Mr. Crow loves them so much). The women are mostly bad, downright evil, unless they're attached to men and obeying their instructions. Richard, come to think of it, seems a lot like Shrub in that the god(s) talk(s) to him.....I know repubs don't read, but maybe someone's reading TO the shrub, like we do to our kids every night?
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:22 PM
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4. Also...
The anti-communist pro-fascist viewpoint. (Imperial Order=Soviet Russia, D'hara=Germany, Richard Rahl=Adolf Hitler unifying the Midlands (Europe) to face the communist threat.)

There's the free market economy position as well, where Richard gets rich quickly because he works hard, but its all taken away from him to give to poor, lazy laborers.
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classics Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:30 PM
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5. Some of the more ranty passages come off right wing.
For example when Richard starts goes off on a rant about how giving people free money makes them weak.. its a little out of character for him to give that lecture.

All in all I dont think the books have any real coherent political message. Any politics in them seem to be coincedental.
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:35 PM
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7. Perhaps I'm overreacting...
Except once I saw a single example, I began seeing the symbolism everywhere. I guess I've gotten more alert since the conservative takeover of our media...

Let's hope they don't take over fantasy novels as well!
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paper chase guy Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-20-03 07:31 PM
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6. those books bored me to tears...
but I can't remember for the life of me why. (I was too young when I read em to grasp any political symbolism, however)
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