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10-24-2010 @ 2:40AM
I haven't read any of the Warcraft novels. (Though, I intend to.) A lot of what has been said is a dislike about one writing style over another, that's to be expected. I'll make a comparison: Some people like Terry Brooks (Sword of Shannara) and revere his Shannara series, while I find them terribly badly written. That's not to say his books are all horrible, or that people are 'wrong' for liking them. It means, it's not my thing, and I can't make myself like them just because other people do. People will tell you that 'Lord of the Rings' is very dry, and I'd agree that it can be long winded. But, I think that it was a. well written, b. an excellently portrayed story, c. probably better than anything I'll ever write. Again these are my opinions. Much like the fact that I'll never finish the 'Wheel of Time' series because I couldn't get past the 7th or 8th book because I was tired of Mat Cauthon wandering around with a traveling show doing practically NOTHINGfor like 70+ percent of one of the books. Again this is just my opinion. (Talk about long winded, how many times do we NEED to hear the description of Whitebridge or some not-so-subtle reference to Arthurian legend?)You are all entitled to your opinion, whether it's love Golden/hate Knaak or vice versa. What that doesn't make you is RIGHT about anything other than your own opinion. Blizzard gets to decide canon, tell it's writers how much play they have with that canon, and they can change it at anytime. (Eredar, anyone?) As a fan, sometimes you will /facepalm at some of the decisions writers make. At one time, Wolverine didn't have claws before the adamantium was put into his body (I'm thinking of something he said when fighting 'Sabertooth' in the Wolverine comics, oh so long ago), then Magneto removed it and he still had claws. From the way people talk, Knaak seems to be a 'epic story' kind of writer- he creates his characters to help the story he knows is going to happen, because he's got the outline. Those characters HAVE to be as uber as the established lore characters to be able to stand with them and be important. Christie Golden appears to be a 'the characters write themselves' sort of writer from the comments I hear. She also has to fit them into the story they outlined for her. Other than technical flaws in either books, it seems to come down to which writing style you like more. Either way, they sound far better than the crappy Robotech novellas I read as a kid. (Until I 'discovered' Heinlein I thought they were good.) Which means kids today are getting better stuff to read. (Eragon not withstanding. Ugh.)My point? Get better at making a reasoned argument if you want people to listen to what you have to say. For the record, I did see a lot more reasonable arguments both for and against Knaak and Golden here than I expected. But impassioned screaming with no real point or thought seems to be a problem with society at large, let alone we the geeks and nerds of Fantasy, Sci-fi, and video game land. Take the time to learn what a good argument is, then make one. It's selfish of me, but I want to see better debate, not impassioned hate. If you got this far, thanks for reading. Nighttime
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