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10-23-2010 @ 10:07PM
One issue I see with this argument, is that Golden is taking characters we all know intimately and putting her own spin on it. Her own interview said that others may see Jaina/Thrall differently, but she didn't. Problem: Hers gets to be the official version. And yes, she does admit to loving and liking WoW just like us.. but that's ALSO a conflict of interest. She'll do what they tell her to, but she'll also present a character a certain way and it'll be the way she perceived it by her own individual biases formed from playing the game intimately. Knaak tends to write characters that don't have as much built up about them. (This is not to say he does not ever write known characters, because he has, and this is not to say he always does this well, because he doesn't.) But the dragon aspects being the way they are is mostly Knaak. Kalecgos and even Lothremar were mostly Knaak. He's given us the basis of some great characters. Golden, on the other hand, is more reflective about the characters that already exist. This can be fun, but...most people agree that Arthas was a -little- too obsessive about Invincible throughout the entire novel. It was a symbolic theme, but instead of being subtle it was dropped in our laps every chance. And her whole "No, Thrall has always seen Jaina as a friend, that's it" was irksome. That may have been how she views it, and indeed, she got to write the book. But there has been definite indication that there's more to it than that. But just like how players can sit here and argue back and forth over the issues...a writer has just as concrete a viewpoint when they're being paid to write about characters that ALREADY EXIST. And this isn't directed at you at all, but might as well say it here. Everyone making a huge fuss about how Golden made the New York Time's bestseller and that makes her the better writer... yes. That's impressive. But the book was entitled "Arthas"... there was no ambiguity that we would finally get to see what the heck went wrong from Arthas's point of view. Arthas who has been a popular figure since WCIII. Unless it was the most horrid piece of crap ever written and got tons of early reviews saying so, it was going to sell well since the very beginning. It wasn't horrid, it was fairly well done. But it did have cringe-worthy moments, yet it's a solid, if not genius, book. If it hadn't been titled Arthas and was just about a random character, and not one held in the heart of millions of fans in a furor over WOTLK? It wouldn't have sold so well. It just wouldn't have. If they had chosen a nobody to write it, it still would have sold amazingly well. Knaak has alot of hatred in the fanbase, some deserved and alot not deserved but never say WoW players don't know how to be passionate. His name might have lowered sales a bit. But the book was... like Arthas.. destined for greatness. Now, I guess we wait to see if it created a monster or not eventually. ;)
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