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Old Sep 10 2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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I keep wondering, these days, how much The Rowan and Damia were inspired by Marzion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books. You have lonely Comyn women in the Towers on Darkover...and lonely telepathic women in the Towers with Rowan and Damia both.
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Lady in the tower was published in 1959, which predates all but two of the Darkover series (the first of which is barely linked to the main series at all, and the second appeared only in magazine form at that point in time).

In short, no.

TBH, I'm reminded more obviously and instantly of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and pretty much every other fairytale damsel in distress...
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I concur with Kath. Both series were developed around the same time, and in the earliest stories there have very little in common.

Darkover pulls a lot from one of MZB's early novels, The Door Through Space. She reused quite a lot of ideas and themes from that book as core parts of the Darkover series (eg Women with hands shackled through a ring at their waist, with higher class women having shorter chains).
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I keep forgetting the dates of those short stories, since the books were put out in the early 90s. Must be a case of "Great Minds Think Alike"!
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