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63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 06:23:47AM 0 points [-]

So you also associated to her specifically? I noticed the similarity while writing, but didn't think it would be noticeable while reading. Guess I was wrong. I'll rewrite slightly - if that's noticeable to others, it bothers me.

Comment author: rwallace 31 July 2009 06:31:03AM 2 points [-]

For what it's worth, I don't see any need to change it; archetypes echo down generations of storytellers because they work, and this character works very well as she is.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 06:36:26AM 1 point [-]

I do see such a need, actually; I think that particular sector of description was influenced by Shiara, which means I got lazy for ten seconds and didn't do my own thinking, and was punished accordingly. So I changed the emphasis slightly, to what I think it might have been if I hadn't also thought of Shiara. I expect this sort of thing can be handled by changing one or two lines rather than a complete rewrite.

Comment author: rwallace 31 July 2009 06:48:08AM 0 points [-]

Fair enough, that's reasonable.

Comment author: SoullessAutomaton 02 August 2009 02:21:16AM 0 points [-]

For what it's worth, I also thought of Shiara immediately when I read it last night, largely because of the "summoning an offworlder with mysterious knowledge" premise combined with the shared archtype and the "dead lover" bit.