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12-03-2011 @ 8:49AM
"what kind of messed up storyline is that? our main purpose is to stop one of us from destroying the world. .... am i just reading it wrong?"No, you are reading it right, and while I believe Anne will do a great job explaining things away, frankly the entire storyline with all of the dragons and all of cataclysm has been one big stinker. If a story doesn't make sense on the surface, all the hidden meanings in the world do not amount to a hill of beans, and frankly the story for cataclysm, which had so much promise, just fell very flat.I'm going to enjoy reading your article, anne, but I really just hope it's not too apologetic and simply tries to explain all of blizzard's failings with all the stories from cataclysm. When thinking about fantasy storytelling, I always go back to the godfather of modern fantasy, Lord of the Rings. It is an immensely complex and rich world (middle-earth), with lots of twists and turns and confusions, but you understand the point of what the heroes are trying to do, and you understand what the villains are trying to do.Complexity is something you layer on top of the meat of the story. If the meat of the story is weak and confusing, having all this cool dressing is like putting the proverbial dress on a pig - it's still a pig.
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