Topic: Star Wars Authors
I thought I'd start a thread (if there isn't one already), to discuss the authors behind EU novels...opinions about writing style and creative direction, and the like.
In part due to an inquiry as to my problems with Karen Traviss...which I will elucidate here, along with my opinion of three big name Star Wars authors that have contributed, for better or for worse, to the Star Wars Galaxy.
Yes, I have a problem with Karen Traviss; basically the same one that anyone who disliked the page from Bloodlines posted in a different thread. Personally, I was not one of those individuals who particullarly enjoyed the Republic Commando novels...I found the writing, while rife with great millitary references and presenting the Commando's as a real tactical unit, to be subpar...the storyline of Triple Zero at least. I admit it has been a while since I read that, and I have not read the other one published, but I don't exactly have a high opinion of her writing style...though it is better than some others, I admit.
Though really, I'd have to say the reason I dislike her, almost to the same level that I loathe Troy Denning, is how she has seemingly twisted the character of Boba Fett to meet her creative ideas regarding the Mandalorians...herself having been given full creative direction with their once-mysterious background. When reading that portion of Bloodlines, I could see the alterations clearly; references to Kamino, the cloners...tying himself to the Mandalorian connections behind the clone Commandos she created.
But more so...the dialogue between Fett and his prey, including his personal thoughts, does not reflect the Fett we've come to recognize from other source material; Tales of the Bounty Hunters, Bounty Hunter Wars, and the like. While it is really a matter of opinion....I just don't like the way she's going with the character, and don't particullarly enjoy her writing style. Though I may change my view after reading Bloodlines and the e-novela; yet I doubt that will happen.
Troy Denning, now. I despise his writing. As simple as that. More even so...the way that he promotes his own creative material above everything else, including characters that really should never have been kept around...his precious trio of Squibs, which we will no doubt see in his contribution to the Legacy arc.
When reading Denning...I don't know how he manages to do it, but he can suck all the life and vigor out of the story...what little story he has, anyway. It's odd, I don't find that with much star wars authors, but dialogue feels impersonal, disconnected...I'm not sure why, maybe it's just me.
After he wrote "Star by Star", which sadly, many fans consider to be the best novel in the NJO, he was summarily given a chance to write his own trilogy; I have no clue how he managed to wheedle that one in. For those of you who have read the Dark Nest arc...mediocre at best. Story wise, and writing wise. But all my opinion, yes.
Finishing now with my absolute favorite author...perhaps some of you have read his work. Matthew Stover, author of NJO: Traitor, Shatterpoint, and the novelization for Episode Three. He is truly remarkable among all Star Wars authors; while creative styles and writing techniques vary only slightly amonst most SW authors, with the exception of a few superior and inferior creations, Stover is on a completely different level. He writes incredibly different from the rest.
I can't say that it is easy to describe...you would have to read it to know what I'm talking about. Suffice to say, Traitor (besides Allston's duology), is the only NJO novel I find myself rereading, because I enjoyed it that much. I've probably read it eight times now, sadly. Shatterpoint was amazing; as much as many here dislike the infamous Mace Windu, I would recommend it as well.
And the Episode 3 novelization...wow. He took an (arguably) mediocre script and did something awesome with it. So much more than what happens in the movie...and I finally understand why Anakin fell to the dark side, after reading this.
Definetely my favorite; I only hope that he get's recognized for it, and contracted to write some more.
Now...opinons? Any SW authors you have a beef with/ enjoy?