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7-12-2010 @ 9:26AM
And a follow-up for anybody who thinks I'm sounding like a bit of a lit snob:It is entirely possible to write GOOD genre fiction within established universes. For me, an excellent example of this would be the trilogy of Star Wars: X-Wing novels written by Aaron Allston: Wraith Squadron, Iron Fist, and Solo Command. They mostly center around entirely original characters, but nobody feels like a Mary Sue. And in addition to characterization, the writing itself is excellent: plots that make sense, plenty of humor, prose that's descriptive without being overburdened by clunky strings of modifiers.Honestly, I'm more than a little disappointed that Allston has never yet been tapped to write a Warcraft novel. I can only dream of how much better the lore would be right now if, say, everything Knaak wrote had been given to Allston instead.
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