Frankly, FotJ has frusterated me in a few ways since the beginning. Now, I haven't read the whole series yet- I just
saw Vortex today in paperback for the first time- but what I have read I have a lot of mixed feelings about. It started really interesting, with the whole thing of finding-what-happened with-Jacen. Too quickly, thoguh, it jsut got wrapped up in mystical mumbo-jumbo I really dislike and find deluding. It always seems to take away from a story to me. The Jedi Vs. Government thing was a classic SW conflict, but I consistantly feel it's done badly. It was tiresome in NJO, and it's tiresome here. The fact that they're keeping it up is just frustrating. LotF is the only one that I felt did it right. Speaking of LotF, thus far I've really enjoyed it more than FotJ. The thing that really made it work was the fact that this big dillema was happening with this amazing war in the background, which is something that's really classic-SW, and worked perfectly. Each book had changes/advancments in both the war and the Skywalker/Solo family's situation. FotJ doesn't have that background, instead it has this political mess which is tiresome, and thus far has only seemd interesting to me in Backlash
. Also, LotF brought in a lot of old charecters we hadn't seen in a long time, as well as other classic elements of SW- grand space battles, npic duels, etc. FotJ was written almost right after LotF ended, thus the whole 'bring back charecters' aspect was lost. As well, there's little-to-none of the elements mentioned being incorporated.
I'm really hoping they don't do another 9-book series of novels, but if they do, they better do the following.
1. Don't Get Denning.
Denning's books are generally dry, dull, and boring. And he ruins stuff. Keep Allstan, because he's great author, as well as humorous, keep Golden if you want, but lose Denning.
2. Remember That This is Star Wars, Not World of Warcraft
. Make it feel like Star Wars. Use a full cast of charecters, Jedi and not. Bring in space battles, and duels and stuff. But do not, do not
make it some lame mystical fantasy that we don't care about. Do not incorporate magic, or say 'A wizard did it!'
, because that's also lame and cliche.
3. Make a Good, Interesting Background
. And this one ties into Number 2. If you don't care about the background, chances are, you won't care about the foreground. Again I say, LotF was great because it has an interesting background which complented the foreground. The two were connected and itnertwined, yet it was still obvious which was which.
4. Don't Mess up Charecters
. Which ties into Number 1 in a way. Don't mess up a charecter's story, not ruin the charecter and general. And if you're going to kill the charecter, do it well. Give it emotion, not a few cheap pages which ruins the charecter anyways. And, just because there's no real better place to put it, don't use the whole 'Luke Heard it on Dagobah' gag. It's been used a painfully numerous amount of times, and using it again in FotJ just about does it for me.
5. Have Fun With It
. Exactly what it says on the tin.
If you don't have fun writing it, we won't have fun reading it. Plain and simple. Make it good, but make it fun as well. SW have always been fun movies, and it's books should be as well.
Now, I realise DelRey probably never comes over here, but I felt like stating this anyways.