Marion Zimmer Bradley was a real disappointment at a con in the early 90s in Omaha, NE. The con was primarily a gaming con (D & D, Shadowrun) with panels on various topics like anime, science fiction, and guest authors.
The fact they were even able to get MZB was pretty cool. I had just read The Mists of Avalon and was convinced MZB was awesome. (I was in my early 20s. Don’t judge me. ;)) I went to the panel with one of my gaming friends, who hadn’t really read any of her stuff but hey, MZB.
I think she was late to her panel. And then she comes in, wearing this awful, pedestrian outfit. Like, polyester pants and a crappy blouse. You would think, hey, big writer, dress up a little nice for your fans. Apparently not.
Then in the course of her talk she proceeded to rant about how pen-and-paper RPGs (like D & D) were for morons and her own brand of live-action, dressed up role-play was far superior.
Seriously? You want to bring up something divisive like this at a gaming con? After they’ve **paid **you to come and speak?
Plus she sounded annoyed to even be there! Just a crabby middle-aged lady. I wanted to think that maybe we just caught her on a bad day, but…
I never read anything by her again. Such a bummer.