caleighm wrote:I had no idea about this -- do you guys know of any articles on Goodkind's refusal to identify his books as fantasy? I'd love to learn more. Just to snicker at it, really.
Terry Goodkind wrote:My primary interest is in telling stories that are fun to read and make people think. That puts my books in a genre all their own.
Orem Utah: What do you think distinguishes your books from all of the other fantasy books out there, and why should readers choose to read your series?
Terry Goodkind: There are several things. First of all, I don't write fantasy. I write stories that have important human themes. They have elements of romance, history, adventure, mystery and philosophy. Most fantasy is one-dimensional. It's either about magic or a world-building. I don't do either.
And in most fantasy magic is a mystical element. In my books fantasy is a metaphysical reality that behaves according to its own laws of identity.
Because most fantasy is about world-building and magic, a lot of it is plotless and has no story. My primary interest is in telling stories that are fun to read and make people think. That puts my books in a genre all their own.
So I guess readers who are interested in story rather than world-building and details of magic would have a good time reading my books.
Weymouth, MA: In your opinion who is the most must-read, cutting edge writer publishing today?
Terry Goodkind: Ayn Rand.
Stephan wrote:The best thing of it all is that his second book, which had the most focus on building his magic, was completely stolen from Robert Jordan.
Haddonfield, NJ: Second Question - I've noticed similarities between your Sword of Truth series and Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series...(Black Sisterhood vs. Black Ajah; The Order vs. The Seanchan; Richard vs. Rand both discovering their powers, both have Nameless evil Gods...etc.) I've often voiced my suspicion that these two series might be occurring on the same world...how crazy am I?
Terry Goodkind: If you notice a similarity, then you probably aren't old enough to read my books.
Stephan wrote:HAHAHAHA! OMG!
Stephan wrote:There was one book in the series that I enjoyed.They each had to have sex with different people, but he found a way to have sex with her instead. She didn't know and she enjoyed it, thus he lost the will to live. It was so damn entertaining, like watching a really dirty soap opera.
To each their own. I'm very interested in the type of person the author is and it will affect my purchasing and reading decisions. With the same reasoning, I'll never go to the theater and support a movie starring Mel Gibson. As they say, vote with your wallet. And the small amount of money I have is not going to be spent enriching people I despise. (Only using the word despise for effect.)lotteandzac wrote:Do I care if the Author is rude? Not really.
lotteandzac wrote:In so doing you miss the Mad Max's of the world, the lethal weapons and The Passion. All in the time were good films, dated now, but the point is judge the art not the artist some of the greatest were the most flawed of all.
Fandom" implies a subculture marked by youthful enthusiasm but comparatively little sophistication compared to scholarly literary criticism and thus marks the popular aspect of the general topic of the reception of J. R. R. Tolkien. "Tolkien fandom" in this sense sprang up in the USA in the 1960s, in the context of the hippie movement, to the dismay of the author (Tolkien died in 1973), who talked of "my deplorable cultus
You're not unusual in your decision to support the artist (good or bad) for the sake of the art. If anything, I think I'm the one in the minority here. Third party information is pretty much all we have to go on, but that doesn't mean that judgements made based on such information is automatically wrong. (Obviously, on the flip side, it's not automatically right either.)lotteandzac wrote:The difference to me is that I would buy the art not the biography, perhaps I am unusual in that I can see it that way
Pop celebrity vs Talent
I am also sure that you do support a lot of artists you do not personally know, only what the press or publicists allow you to. So a bit judgemental based upon third party information, my brother meet Mel Gibson once and said he was a really polite and nice person.
Michelle wrote:Guess who's reviewing 'The Omen Machine'. That's right it's me.
And from what I've read of it so far this isn't going to be pretty...
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