It has been proven scientifically that there is no such things as reading “too much fantasy”… In fact, the words “too much fantasy” is considered a grammatical error, because those words should never be put in that sequence at all, it’s against the rules.
(My being a fantasy author has absolutely NO bearing at ALL on this comment).
Loved The Hungarian Chick’s comments. Have to say as a fantasy author I agree. But also as a fantasy author, I MUST NOT read too much fantasy, as there is a huge fear of unconscious plagiarism. Instead I read historical fiction which I ADORE. Hence the fascination with your wonderful blogs and links. (being an embroiderer means there are lots of other bells ringing from your blogs as well).
I know what you mean about the unconscious plagiarism … but then I also worry about unwitting plagiarism or spending my time writing something that’s already been done. But I so also think that it’s always A Good Thing to read many different genres! I’ve read quite a bit of historical fiction as research for A Thief & A Gentlewoman and it was probably already my main genre to read after fantasy anyway. I suppose it’s like fantasy in that it’s a way of visiting another world.
And thank you, Mesmered – I must post more 18th Century links for you when I get teh interwebz back at home (still no joy on that front, I’m afraid!). It’s great to have another writer and stitcher around – I sometimes worry that my writerly readers will get bored when I’m posting about sewing and that my stitching readers will get fed up of my writing posts, but it’s nice to have at least one reader I don’t have to worry about that with! 🙂