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14 August 2011 @ 02:54 pm
pulp fiction  

I’m reading A PRINCESS OF MARS, which is almost entirely enjoyable*, but baha, the things Burroughs got away with that I cannot imagine doing in today’s fiction: “Over the next week I too developed my telepathic powers.” That’s it. Not mentioned again for jillions of pages, and then only in passing. Eventually becomes more of a plot point, and is even mentioned as “strange powers”, but still. Bahahah. :)

*It’s Dejah Thoris’s perpetually small hands that are just killing me. I don’t mind her being Utterly Perfect In All Ways, since John Carter is too, but OMG the small hands. Save me from the small hands! And the Sudden Deep Passion of Looooooove was a little much too, but hey, it’s pulp fiction. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on August 14th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten about the hands. That is one of those period details, I think, that we no longer obsess over (along with tiny feet). We have other ways of prolonging the imposed infantilism of women.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on August 14th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
I also love Carter's throwaway and ambiguous mentions of his own immortality. " I have never aged as other men, nor do I remember any childhood. So far as I can recollect I have always been a man, a man of about thirty. I appear today as I did forty years and more ago..."
Mary Annepers1stence on August 15th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Indeed, there's this whole OTHER set of stories about Carter that never get explored but are teased...
Dreamshadowmorgie on August 14th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Heh. I picked up the first three books from the library to reread. I am looking forward to much pulpiness!
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on August 14th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I wonder if small hands is code for 'huge tracts of land.'
Flitterbyflit on August 15th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Sort of like, 'cold hands, warm heart'? Or 'big nose, big....'
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on August 15th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
Yes, judging from the fan art a basic Google search shows. Either that or "too small to be able to work the fasteners on clothing."
The Muse, Amusedpenmage on August 14th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I just read those for the first time, because I was working on this awesome anthology, which gave me a whole new appreciation for ERB.
kitmizkit on August 17th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
That looks like an *AWESOME* anthology.
Flitterbyflit on August 15th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
I had forgotten about the 'oh yeah, telepathic powers.' Ha! Must be the Martian air.

And Dejah Thoris... I remember really liking her, but I was like ten. I'm afraid to reread them!
kitmizkit on August 17th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
She's really barely in PRINCESS, but aside from being, y'know, a woman written in the early 20th century, she's not bad. I have the impression she's cooler in later books, which I'll get back to you on if you like. :)
Mary Annepers1stence on August 15th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
These books were among my first sci fi discoveries (compliments of my dad) and I dearly loved them, campiness and all.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on August 15th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
What really weirds me out about the series is the amount of large pedatory animals, and the lack of prey animals...
kitmizkit on August 17th, 2011 11:51 am (UTC)
THEY ALL EAT EACH OTHER RAAAR
kitmizkit on August 17th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Or possibly a man so splendid as John Carter of course would not take notice of the lesser, prey animals, for they are irrelevant to a fighting man!