But that's exactly the problem with, as you put it, 95% of post-Tolkien fantasy. LOTR both created a genre and instigated decades of overly derivative rehashes. It's part of the reason fantasy looks mostly white, European and early medieval. For a genre where anything can happen, it sure is stilted.I think the Running with the Demon trilogy that starts all of the saga would make a great trilogy of movies actually. As far as the original books are concerned, I have always loved his writing. The people that bash him as a Tolkien rip off are a bit full of it in my opinion. If having fantasy races in your novels makes you a rip off then about 95% of all the fantasy novels written after LoTR are as well.
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ThisThat does look better than I had feared it would. I am now quite eager to see this series.
I still think David Langford got Brooks' Shannara the most accurately: 'an author who can turn the most magical archetypes of fantasy into rotting hulks of cardboard.'The first two books wear their origins far too much on their sleeve, in my opinion. Let's face it, Brooks was writing his own Lord of the Rings saga. However, I did enjoy the Talismans of Shannara series, particularly the Elf Queen, so maybe jump to those if you're keen for a try. Also, try the Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold series, which I feel has a lot more energy and character to it. Later Shannara volumes became exercises in rehashing earlier material: a quest begins, someone from Shannara family called, throw in a badly fleshed-out cast that involves a lot of elven Hunters (most of which have no names) and off we go.
It's a hit, no questionI'm really enjoying the show, much better than expected. I watch all 5 episodes during the weekend, and it has everything you want in a fantasy tv-show.
All of the characters are likeable too, and faithful to the books. Nothing seems forced, the Dagda Mor is a much more convincing enemy than anything in the Hobbit Trilogy, and the Druid is a 300 year old man who looks like he's in his late thirties rather than a long bearded Elder, which is refreshing.
I was very impressed with the sets, cgi and landscapes considering its a MTV production, but they went all out.
I think the Shannara Chronicles will get a big cult following if it doesn't acquire monster hit status. This show gives me hope for an ElfQuest adaption in the future.
Let me start by saying I am really enjoying Shannara Chronicles. The production quality is great - the visuals are really stunning and the show is generally of a really high standard.All of the characters are likeable too, and faithful to the books.