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Date: 2010-11-04 01:44 pm (UTC)
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I was really not a fan of the drabbles, in part because I really didn't think they WERE excellent drabbles. They were acceptable drabbles, but I guess the thing is: I think if everyone whose Vorkosigan fic I read a lot settled down to write 5 response drabbles to Aral's death, I don't think Bujold's would top my list.

And that felt wrong to me. It felt less like a nod to the fans and more of a... meh. I don't know how to put it. Like she was putting her writing up in competition to ours, and not winning hands-down as much as she should.

It also felt... I don't know. A little cheap, maybe? Gregor's in particular felt like a fandom-inspired, "Look how much he cares!" rather than what would really have happened to me. I feel like if she'd written that into a longer story, she'd have a hard time making the justifications for Gregor as a pallbearer work, but drabbles are about emotions, not ideas, so she could cheat it in.

I guess I don't hate the drabbles, but I don't love them, and I feel like it's a bit of a cop-out.
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