With the monstrous success in the past decade or so, is it so surprising that authors are working to get movie deals? This brings a wonderful opportunity to new artists. It proves that the literary world is not dead. It takes a special kind of author to be able to handle this though. Recently, I have seen an IMDB page for “The Warded Man” which is based off a novel series called “the Demon Cycle” by Peter V Brett. You will be getting a review of the first book of the Demon Cycle in the coming days. I’ll just say right off the bat, it’s a great read. My hope is that Mr. Brett can handle the multimedia world, the same way that Brandon Sanderson has. If you don’t already know, Mr. Sanderson is involved in “Infinity Blade”. It is a book and video game that work great together. I do recommend that you take a look any time you see Brandon Sanderson connected to it.
So what’s the danger in working on media deals? Let’s take a look at a couple authors who have not done it right. I want to say, these writers are great and I love their books. I have great respect for them, but George RR Martin and David Farland (Wolverton) seem to have let the work towards media deals get in the way of their writing. Mr. Martin is well known for the amount of time it takes for him to complete a novel, which is so hard on “A Song of Ice and Fire” fanatics. Don’t get me wrong, he has paved the way for fantasy fiction authors to move into pop-culture, but can we get through the series with you as the author? Mr. Farland had been on a good run of releasing “Runelords” novels. Now that the ninth and final book in the series has come up, he seems more interested in a movie deal and other multimedia dreams than finishing his novel. To be fair, his son was in a terrible longboard accident a few years back. I truly feel for him and his family, but the book should have been done by that time. As you have seen, I have been in contact with David Farland and I have full faith that the ninth novel will be as brilliant as we have come to expect from his amazing writing style.
So what am I saying about writers trying to move beyond the pages? I’m saying that they should go for it! But when they do go all out, don’t forget the fans who have made them a household name. I have full faith that my favorite series will continue and be finished, even if there is a slight delay in their releases. Keep writing those great novels and turning them into other media authors out there!
I have spent a lot of time reading some of the great fantasy novels of the past decade. I have been noticing, within these series, some innovative new magic systems. I want to hear your favorite system and why it is your favorite.
To get things started, I’ll share my favorite.
In the book series, Mistborn, the main magic is used by burning metals like a forge within one’s body. This allows the character to push or pull an ability. This was such an interesting power to learn about. Brandon Sanderson has a way of explaining the powers to make them seem plausible. For every metal that pushes, a counter metal pulls. The physics and geometry that you see while reading this book pulls you into the Mistborn world. You may wonder about metals, like lead and mercury, that can cause health problems. The author explains that too, by adding that those who do not have the ability could die by ingesting metals and even those with the power can become sick or die as well.
Share your favorite system and let’s start a discussion.
Sometimes I wonder what books an author uses for their inspiration. I’m using quite a few on the novel I am working on. In “A song of Ice and Fire” I couldn’t help but notice a fun, chubby, craven character named Samwell Tarly. As I read his description and the story that he goes through in the first four books I began thinking of another Sam from a great epic novel. That is right, I speak of no other than Samwise Gamgee, or Samwise Gardner. Sam was also a fat, little, scared character who won our hearts. When I pictured Samwell, I even pictured Samwise.
These small similarities may not be enough to have a definitive decision, but it is enough for a homage to Tolkien by a writer who wants to try to “change the genre”. And I can’t take that away from him. The story telling style of George R.R. Martin, which randomly follows the most characters that I have ever seen, truly has changed it. The way he tells a story makes you feel for each of the characters.
If this was truly done on purpose by Mr. Martin, it could be great news for the fans of the R+L=J conspiracy. In Lord of the Rings, Samwise is the plucky sidekick of the book’s biggest hero. (Frodo) With that in mind, it could be safe to say that the best friend who Samwell shows unconditional loyalty to could also be the “hero” when all is said and done. Does this mean John Snow really is the blood of the dragon? Maybe he’ll be riding one with Dany by the end of the series.
Maybe HBO should have tried to have Sean Astin reprise one of his greatest roles.(Give me a break, he was Mikey and Rudy afterall) You can also look at the author’s name. Is there something to this R.R. middle name? Maybe it’s time for me to change my middle name to further my writing career.