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Brandon Sanderson / A Song Inspired by Elantris ~ Sarene
« on: August 14, 2009, 12:19:17 PM »
I stumbled upon this this morning....check it out.

Scroll down about 1/4 of the way through the interview to find the song.  Is it any good??   Well, my expectations weren't very high, but it was better than I expected.  Reminds me of a late '70s early '80s sitcom theme song.  Perhaps the show Alice if anyone is old enough to remember that show.

Brandon Sanderson / UK Mistborn Cover Art
« on: July 15, 2009, 01:33:19 PM »
Stumbled across this over at A Dribble of Ink.  What do you think?

I like them!  I wish whoever is in charge of designing covers in the UK would come over and work in the US.

Everything Else / Re: Interesting stuff found on the Internet
« on: February 28, 2009, 12:35:51 AM »
I received two videos in my e-mail this morning.  Talk about starting my day off right these were hilarious!

The second video was equally as funny; however, it contained repeated use of the f-word.  So I didn't think it would be appropriate to post here.

[Originally misplaced on the Disturbing thread; so I split the post.  My apologies for the inconvenience - Jade Knight]

Books / A business question about publishing…
« on: February 19, 2009, 03:20:00 PM »
I have read many reviews of different fantasy authors and many of them receive the same criticism when there series is longer than a trilogy.  From what I have read they all get bogged down and are full of filler, many times the author is accused of milking the series for more money. 

I’ve never believed that authors stretch their series to make more money because I don’t think writing bad novels is a good way of making money.  I think that in the long term it hurts their profitability because who’s going to start a new series from an author who’s going to give you tons of filler.
Let’s say an author outlines a series and a publisher buys a ten-book series.   What happens if the outline only gives you six books worth of material?  I don’t believe that authors want to write books full of filler, but they can hardly go back to their publisher and tell them their only getting six books, can they?  I mean that would be bad business wouldn’t it?

I was just wondering if this could be a reason why series tend to always get bigger and slower.  Those authors try to come up with new material for the final four books only to add to much material and over-shoot the projected ten book series.

I’m curious about what other peoples thoughts are…

Shortly after finishing the Mistborn trilogy I read that Mr. Sanderson was thinking about writing a futuristic Mistborn series.  As a history buff, I thought how amazing this overall series could be.  The first Mistborn series basically set the foundation for several religions.  How cool would it be if from there the origins of the world's country were explored, and everything culminating in the third novel.  In other words when the pray to the Survivor it's not just a name, but someone we've met before. When we read in the third trilogy the philosophy of a certain General or King it isn't just a name but someone we've read about.  The detail that you could squeeze into that final trilogy would be amazing, and fun to find.  Here's a real world example of what I'm talking about.

In 1763 there was a bloody Indian rebellion in the Ohio Valley.  That Chief's name lives on today in the form of an speedy American "muscle" car. His name Chief Pontiac.  The logo...a stylized arrowhead.

I'm not suggesting that you write the novel because many authors frown upon fanfiction, but I am curious about where you would take the series if you were at the helm.  What kind of plot would you have?  What kind of characters would you come up with?  Would you bring a character back from the dead?  Would you import a favorite comic character?  Comedy? Opera? Horror?  There really are no wrong answers, I'm just curious.

Since this is my subject I suppose that I should start, though I am running out  of time.  I'll say that my plot and characters would be based on Historical events and figures. 

I would have a minor role for the gods.  I think that you'd have people praying to Kelsier, Rashek, Vin, Elend, Alendi.  All kinds of people, so I think it would be fun to see those characters argue to Sazed on the behalfs of the people praying.  This way we could see the politics of the gods and how there actions affect the people of the world.

I'll have more later.  OK, so what would you do...?

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