Open Thread: Light and Fluffy

(by chris the cynic)

It is no accident that Greek Tragedy was at its zenith when those writing, preforming, and consuming it (free male citizens of Athens) were as far removed from the hardships of life as they had ever been.  Art can show us what life is like, but it also can show us what life is not like.  It can make us more complete by giving us what our lives do not offer us.

And so, in dark and gritty times there is a call for light and fluffy art.  What, if any, light fluff do you like?  What don’t you like?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


5 thoughts on “Open Thread: Light and Fluffy

  1. depizan77 February 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I suspect everyone has their own idea of what constitutes light and fluffy, but…

    Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary and Partners in Crime, the first two Tommy and Tuppence books are fairly light mysteries with extremely likable main characters. The second – a collection of short stories – lightly spoofs a number of other mystery/crime writers who were popular at the time. (Many of whom have now been lost to the ages, but a few of which have not.)

    For pulp adventure, Clive Cussler is always a good recommendation. As is an ebook recently recommended by Lonespark, From Here to Timbuktu by Milton Davis. If you like your adventure completely ridiculous and over the top, those are some good bets.

    I will always have a fondness for the first Star Wars spin-offs I read, even if they’re now “Legends” rather than semi-canonical – the Han Solo trilogy by Brian Daley, particularly the first one I picked up: Han Solo’s Revenge. They’re fun space adventure stories.

    Many of Diana Wynne Jones’s children’s fantasy books might qualify. I’m particularly fond of Fire and Hemlock, Hexwood, and A Tale of Time City. (Though I will note that as an adult, I find the age difference of the protagonists of Fire and Hemlock a little concerning, even if I can’t quite work out what that age difference is.)

  2. genesistrine February 8, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Georgette Heyer. Often imitated; never surpassed.

  3. christhecynic February 8, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I’ve been reading lesbian superhero fan fiction.

    Probably not surprising given my superhero writing proclivities. (Really need more –well, any– male-male, male-female, and non-binary relationships in my growing universe.)

  4. lonespark42 February 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Fairly fluffy and incredibly awesome magical girl graphic novel starring WOC with important queer relationships:

    Agents of the Realm
    by Mildred Louis

  5. lonespark42 February 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Also fun:

    Malice in Ovenland
    by Michelline Hess

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