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9-01-2011 @ 8:57PM
As much as people want to rag on Knaak, Blizzard approves of the books before they are released. So if your beef is with Mary Sue's or a ridiculous raptor army, direct your nerdrage to Blizzard.I have to wonder as well, those who trash Knaak... do they think Tolkien was the master of all authors? If so, I have a few things to say about that :)
9-01-2011 @ 9:13PM
From someone who worked in a company that wrote books, and had dealings with Blizzard's book tie-in branch, he said that they have seriously scaled back the freedom authors have, and didn't quite like Knaak's original treatment. The only reason they went with it was to keep the "the books are canon" thing up, which had already been announced.They apparantly didn't like it anymore than other people did.
9-01-2011 @ 9:39PM
@SethTime travel is one of the worst literary resources, next to long lost brothers and parallel dimensions (see: DC or Marvel).@DrakkenfyreThat really contradicts the fact that they keep hiring him.
9-01-2011 @ 9:41PM
I couldn't give two flips about Knaack's "Mary Sues" or raptor armies or what-have-you... my main beef is with the fact that the man's prose makes me want to gargle Drano.How can I even describe his writing style? It just feels so clunky, stilted, unnatural... it's like a teenager trying to write a fanfic, with "good-ish" sentence structure but nothing to write home about, kind of rambly at times but forgivable enough, and then they go "Oh crap, I need this to sound more grown up!" so they cram in a metric assload of painfully-more-"artsy"-than-necessary words at completely bizarre intervals and it... just... doesn't... work...Yeah... my own grammar and sentence structure in that last paragraph were fairly crap, but *I'm* not getting paid for this.
9-01-2011 @ 9:53PM
Someone apparantly has a serious like for Knaak. I think it's Metzen.The person I was referring to said authors are now given guidelines, and cannot stray too far from them. After the whole rewriting lore thing, they established those rules so future books don't completely change the storyline.Whether or not a book is good is up to the reader, but at least you won't have a book change the lore so much you might as well be reading a fanfic.
9-01-2011 @ 9:55PM
As far as having frequently-hard-to-read and overly melodramatic writing styles, I think Tolkien and Knaak are equally guilty. They're both terrible writers.Tolkien's skills weren't as a writer, but as an author. He had an amazing ability to create worlds, characters, and plots. And we forgave him for his prose because he was giving us such an amazing world. (I say all this as a huge Tolkien fan. I took college courses on Tolkien. So please no attacking army of orcs.)Knaak, on the other hand, can't really take credit for that type of authorship. His books might have interesting characters and plots, but the characters and plots have been created by others. All he's contributing is the writing, and he can't write his way out of a paper bag.
9-01-2011 @ 11:06PM
As much fun as it to rag on Knaak, the dude writes blandly functional books to contract. That's pretty much it. He wrote some blandly functional books that were essentially random fantasy novels with some Warcraft references in them during a period when everyone had to have their special product tie in novels (Doom Novels. There were 3 of them.) and didn't particuarly care about what was in them and now they kind of had to wedge in what they had wrought.He's not a bad author but he's not great either. But honestly, what the hell are people expecting from fan fiction written to spec? Even the best of them is at best pretty okay. If you're expecting more than that, go read something else. The comics, on the other hand, are actively awful. Really, truly painfully cancer causingly bad.
9-02-2011 @ 1:54AM
"I took college courses on Tolkien."So? Tolkien's literary style has been both attacked and defended (by Ursula LeGuin, for one). Do not try to pass off your opinion as fact.
9-02-2011 @ 2:20AM
@zweitblomI think it's fairly obvious from the context that the "I took college courses on Tolkien" was meant in an "I'm not slamming the guy because I dislike him; on the contrary, I actually like him enough to take electives on him!" sense. Not an "I took classes so I am automatically an expert!" one.Normally I wouldn't actively try to be a dick, but if you're going to be so snooty as to say "Do not try to pass off your opinion as fact", perhaps you can forgive my being so snide as to say "Do not try to make other (perfectly reasonable) people look like jerks just because you totally fail at reading comprehension".
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