Discussion in 'Literature' started by Anakin SkySolo, Oct 2, 2001.
When will these people learn?
I'd say more Star Wars is always better than less Star Wars.
Amen to that brother.
I think that VotF is a pefect example of 'bigger being better.' In my opinion, it is easily the best SW novel to be released so far. Sure, it was a bit inconsistent in some places, but it is still leagues ahead of the majority of EU novels. And, call me crazy, but I think SxS will top even that. Will it be the best SW novel ever ? We'll know soon enough.
There's two factors, in the main, that will ruin a longer book in a series:
1) Author incompetence. If the author can't pace the story well, if the author can't write well, if the author can't make you care, then it won't be good.
2) Boredom. If the book is long but boring, if it doesn't go anywhere or isn't relevant to the plot of the series, it probably won't be as good.
The most frequent problem that authors run into writing longer books is that they lose focus; they'll spend too long with minor characters and plot points or whatever. Either that, or they'll fill a long book with so many characters and subplots that it doesn't work out.
This is the problem with Jordan's latest two books. You'll notice that book nine of Wheel of Time takes place before the epilogue of book eight. If they had cut out about 50 pages of Matt wondering about the cannon, 200 pages of Perrin standing around doing nothing, another 200 pages of incompetent Aes Sedai running around the tower, those two books could have and should have been 1 long, tight, focussed awesome book. Instead, they were two unfocussed, subpar books.