I think you're entering into a conversation that I was having with the person I quoted, and attributing some of the words and topics to me that aren't mine. The 'golden age' was something he/she mentioned in an earlier post as being gone. I was simply responding to that. He/she also said: I'm not sure how else to take that, except to mean 'published.' It's not going to be read unless it's published ...unless you're aware of a method of getting a book out there that has escaped my notice. And the implication I picked up from the quote is that in order to 'market' your book, you should probably stick to a formula, otherwise you're producing the literary equivalent of the emu burger. In other words, keep churning out what has already sold well if you want people to read your stuff? Churning out is a term I used, and I stick to it. It means exactly what I meant it to mean. And in fact, I listed two modern 'fantasy' authors whom I do enjoy a lot. Kage Baker and Joe Abercrombie. And another whom I would enjoy if he'd just finish his series. GRR Martin. The topic of this thread was not 'adventurous, original fiction,' but rather certain tropes that seem to be everywhere in fantasy these days. That's the topic I was addressing in my posts, and not any other.