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3-04-2010 @ 9:12AM
If by "self-described literary nuts" you mean "people who've actually read good fiction both inside and outside of the fantasy/sci-fi ghetto" then, yes.Look, lots of people like books that a lot of people think are terrible. Christ, I like Anne Rice's earlier work from before she went off the deep end. I *get* the need to have the literary equivalent of the popcorn movie. But Knaak's work is so terrible on so many levels that I can only conclude that his most rabid defenders a) ONLY read video game tie-in novels from their favorite properties b) are the stereotypical fanboys that will defend to the death anything associated with said property, regardless of its merits, or c) are contrarians who get off on being special snowflakes and think they're somehow striking a blow for the proletariat by defending the literary equivalent of enemas (see also: rabid Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyers fans). So congrats on your honesty on that front, at least.Also, holding Chris Metzen up as some kind of authority as to the quality of literature is kind of hilarious. I love Warcraft lore, and I like and haMetzen, but this is a guy who forgets his own stuff by his own admission, is responsible for some of the worst character derailment in BC, and his "Mary Sue defenses" of Knaak demonstrate a vast misunderstanding of the concept. Being a good world builder does not necessarily make someone a good writer or novelist. I direct you to any number of Ed Greenwood novels as a further example.For an example of a video game tie-in novel that's actually *good*, even by non-fanboy standards, I recommend the Dragon Age novels by David Gaider. Give those novels to someone who's never played Dragon Age, and they still hold up as solid, good reads. The same absolutely can't be said for anything Knaak's done for WC.
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