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10-23-2010 @ 8:26PM
After reading this interview and the interview with Ms. Golden, I noticed a major difference, related to what roseclown said above: the two authors have vastly different ways of seeing the characters they're working with.I've both read and written enough fanfic to know that, to tell a truly good story in a world that's not your own, you have to love that world and the characters who live there. You have to respect the existing canon and treat what's come before you as set in stone, not something you can twist to fit your plot.In the interview with Ms. Golden, it was easy to tell how much she loves Azeroth and its denizens, and she seemed to enjoy exploring the characters and all that they went through, seemed like she was thrilled to be able to work in Blizzard's world. Just the way she talked about writing Anduin really made that clear to me. Mr. Knaak displays none of that love for the world, and the only characters he mentions (save for a few in passing) are his own. I know it was a joke, but the bit about a statue of his own uber-character being the only thing they could set in stone really rubbed me the wrong way.I know this really doesn't amount to much, since clearly Blizzard wants them both to continue their WoW work. It's just a shame that, as someone who gets to bring to life major aspects of the game's lore, Mr. Knaak doesn't have the love for the game that Ms. Golden has.
10-23-2010 @ 9:34PM
Yeah, as a person who works crazy hard on my novel and loves characters, and have paid attention to what other writers have said about characters, what Knaack said about his...well...Is it bad that I want to kidnap his characters and give them safe homes? Seriously, the way he talks about them makes it seem as if he is sucking all their potential without really listening to them, or letting them form. I know it sounds crazy, but for writers our character's really feel like our babies. We have to let them grow up and make mistakes for the good of the story, and to see where they are going. But to just not even listen to them and use them without letting them grow..../shuddersSorry. Just... poor dears.
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