Hey, I'm just trying make the point that there is room for debate on this as well as most any issue regarding our Fettish, and that there is a point and purpose to letting our opinions be heard.
Glad if my 'revolutionary indoctrination' there was a success
And I'll have to number myself with Aaron on not having read any of the Legacy books yet. I'm more of a fan of the films, the Han Solo Trilogy, and Bounty Hunter Wars Boba fan. I'm also the wanna-be writer, so I've tried to augment what I know as much as possible through source material and bios, though I know that's a poor substitute for actually reading the material *which I hope to do someday.*
And on a final note, just to make it clear what my own personal beef with KT is, I've never been one to complain about the new Boba. I've very specifically avoided any judgments on KT's version of him for the glaring reason that I don't know what her version is. I've heard a lot of the complaints, but I've actually felt a connection to what I've heard about him as Karen seems to have taken down a road I myself wanted to do in my own FanFiction that I was working on. My primary concern is the Commando books. I have a huge amount of respect for her: she created the Mando'a language, AND she gave me a huge boost of confidence in my own creative ability when I learned later that she and I had come to very similar conclusions about the Mandalorian training sergeantÃ¢Â€Â™s influence on the clones - she didn't take Jango's intentions nearly as far as I did, but I still felt good that I had some very similar concept ideas as a published author.
My only real bone to pick with her is that #1, I'm not a huge fan of her style and the motivations she's given the characters in the Commando books. Up to the point I've read so far, she has in my opinion failed to write for multiple characters. She is instead basically writing a 'Save The Clone's' propaganda piece without any other real drive or motivation for anybody else. Every main character she's written perspective through *other then the Mando villain in Hard Contact, and with a little time I have no doubt he would have fallen into line as well had he survived* has turned to mush on the subject. Not that I'm saying that it's not a worthy cause in the least, and were I my Mando character I don't know that I wouldn't agree. HOWEVER, this is not why I bought a story about Republic Commandos, nor do I find it believable that the EVERYBODY she's writing for would come to the Exact same conclusions so quickly. This is, I think, a flaw in her writing style. I find that a great deal of the time she 'tells rather then shows,' a grave error in the writing business. Hard Contact was a Great book! But since then she doesn't seem to want to try as hard to show us her character's 'true colors' with actions, instead just telling us that they usually act one way, and then letting them contradict this supposed Bad@$$-cold killer persona that she tells us they have to give them a nice cuddly feel all through the book. I find it all very contradictory and unbelievable
And Second, I dislike that sheÃ¢Â€Â™s taking a culture that was kept alive by a huge fanbase of people and molding it to fit her own personal tastes with little to no input by the people that are paying her bills. I agree with Sev, she has done some great things with the MandoÃ¢Â€Â™ade: she gave us a language, sheÃ¢Â€Â™s brought the Mandalorian culture higher and exposed it to a newer multitude of fans who otherwise might never have known about it. However, I personally feel that sheÃ¢Â€Â™s taking swings at the culture that are far too encompassing. As a writer, I understand that you need to create backstory, history, and roots for your characters, and in this case since there was so little canon material for the Mandalorians she had to create it herself. But I feel that she went overkill and is, purposely or not, drowning any hope of anyone besides her influencing the Mandalorian culture and what it is. She didnÃ¢Â€Â™t create the Mandalorians. She wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t the first to write about them. And she was certainly not the only voice in keeping the Mandalorian culture in existence up to this point. Yet she has taken it upon herself alone to not only create a intricately detailed and mapped out society, but also destroy almost any hope of injecting any other ideas or hopes for what he hoped the Mandalorians should have been or what they might be.
I feel that this is a tragic moment for those fans like myself who wanted to be part of creating the culture that has been a huge piece of our lives for so long.
"You set a code to live by. I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted...I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other men, and I require the same from them."