Re: [mythsoc] Digest Number 1471
- "Ginger McElwee" wrote:
>I couldn't read the first Shanara book when it came out; I
> Marc wrote:
> On the other hand, I'm much more annoyed with things like Terry
> Brooks Shanara book that do change the names and call it something
> else as you suggest, but is really just a shallow retelling of LOTR
> without even an attempt of additional artistic merit over what
> Tolkien already did.
> I disagree. I might recognize that Brooks is an imitation of Tolkien; I
> might think his work is inferior, but he is telling a new story to the
> best of his ability.
too saw it as watered-down Tolkien, rather poorly done.
Last year I made myself read it, though, and a few chapters
in I realized that Brooks, though he began with the idea of
aping LOTR, ended up being totally influenced by Edgar Rice
Burroughs, instead! And once I saw it in that light, I
could enjoy it, since Brooks was using ERB's storytelling
devices and style on subject matter that was none of
Burroughs'; thus the "imitation" slur didn't stick (for me).