Originally Posted by Teresa Edgerton
I think that most modern fantasy writers fall into the former category, and Tolkien into the latter. People respond to these different kinds of writing depending on what they are looking for when they pick up a book. But since Tolkien's way is rarer these days, if you want that kind of experience as a reader, you have to return to the books where you found it before.
I agree with what you are saying. I mean if I was a writer would I rather make my deadline and fill my contract quick and get onto the next pay check. But then you have some writers like J D Sallinger (or maybe Tolkien etc..) who may write very few but they go down in history.
It's hard to say but being prolific doesn't mean being bad. For example Dune
is a classic yet Herbert wrote dozens of books. I don't know what made Dune
stand out from his other works. Did he spend more time on it than his other works?. Stephen King does a good job even though he writes a lot. King works is not on the level of TLOTR but he's got 40+ books and I have read 20+ of them and liked 90% of them.