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7-18-2011 @ 5:04PM
I know that it's sort of expected for people to vilify Knaak, but I've never really understood the whole phenomenon of hating him so singularly. He's not the best author I've ever read, but he's far from the worst. I also find that the "Mary Sue/Gary Stu" charge is one that's a bit overused of late... it's become watered down to the point that any character someone doesn't like is an obvious Mary Sue/Gary Stu that should be gotten rid off.I'm not a huge fan of Rhonin (who receives the brunt of this charge in Knaak's books), but I'd say he doesn't necessarily qualify for the status... I think if anyone from WotA books deserves that mark it would be Broxigar. He literally has no faults and goes out in a blaze of glory against Sargeras himself, even managing to wound a being that is a veritable god. Knaak is pretty middle-of-the-road for fantasy authors, and I'd put Golden on a similar level. Both of them are good storytellers in their own ways, and both have some obvious failings with the writing process (Golden with pacing and action sequences, Knaak with weird fanservice elements and focus issues).
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