Discussion in 'Literature' started by darthjulian777, Mar 22, 2010.
That or they could let her finish it and then we can read it.
Finish what? After all that time she was given, she hadn't shown anything to the publisher.
I didn't know all that..
lol. You know, I was just thinking this this morning. It is too bad Cunningham was our only shot at ever getting the Zekk story.
I think it's a story that needs told. It's sorta weird that he shows up in Backlash with no explanation and no one raises an eyebrow. Since Cunningham dropped the ball, maybe give the project to someone else to write...
I wouldn't mind going back in time and reading Blood Oath or some other Zekk book after the fact. (In MMPB format that is) Allston startled me with Zekk's abrupt recap. It was like, oh yeah and Zekk's alive and this junk happened. I mean he summarized two years of the nagging mystery of Zekk in a sentence or two.
Did or does Del Rey have plans for Zekk in Hapes? Dang, now I really want to read a Zekk-oh forget it. I just remembered Zekk was the most boring underdeveloped Jedi ever.
Zekk was alright back in the day. His dark jedi days were interesting, and his bounty hunting phase as well, even though I don't know how many bounties he captured.
The thing that bugs me is I think this book was primarily written after they knew Blood Oath was getting cancelled. And it's not like they couldn't have easily worked in a few more bits about Zekk. I seriously hope we get more about it in the next book.
You do have to remember that Allston is still recovering from major heart surgery.
No excuse because he wrote most of the book after that.
Not telling Zekk's "backstory" is a choice, and not neccessarily a lazy one. For Zekk's role in this book, there is absolutely no point in telling the story. It isn't relevant to the main plot. If they leave his story open NOW then they can tell it (presumably in more detail) LATER. When you write one story, you foreclose others. Good professional writers know this. They try to avoid uneccessarily writing themselves into a corner.
Given that Sue & Co have been responsive to many of fan complaints and they have had commerical sucess with Death Troopers and Crosscurrent, I would not be suprised if they are waiting to see what the feedback on Zekk
is before comitting to another book. That said, given the uproar over Blood Oath's cancellation, I don't think they'll make any announcement until they have the manuscript in hand.
Luke doesn't seem to have the ability to be IN CHARGE. His edicts never last long. He's not that great with punishments either.
I was surprised they even thought about doing a whole book dedicated to Zekk. Seemed like a random choice.
That's just crazy. It's relevent because the last time we saw him he was presumed dead. If you bring him back you owe a little bit of backstory since that is the beauty of a novel, unlike film, it's not a srictly visual medium so you can include a few extra lines that don't need to be strictly "seen."
I understand if they make a conscious (?) choice to keep him mysterious, but they basically shoehorned him in because of a cancelled novel so it reads like it was done half-asssed.
As far as writing themselves into a corner... have you not been reading SW novels very long?
lol. I feel this way about Jaina/Jag. Not that they are underdeveloped, just that as characters, they have no chemistry together. Although, Jaina didn't with Zekk, either. I literally could not force myself to read the Jaina/Jag parts in Backlash the first time, when I forced myself to for the sake of completeness, it was pretty miserable.
I agree that Zekk is underdeveloped, and as a pretty interesting character, I thought for once Del Rey had made the right choice to develop his character more. The book looked promising.