So I’m on Book 1 of the 35 books I’ve set as my challenge (for some reason it’s registering it as the second, as I listed finishing A Dance with Dragons right at the beginning of the year, but I don’t count it as I read the majority in November-December). I didn’t want to be too optimistic so I’ve set 35 as a reasonable figure but I hope to beat it. For my first book I’ve chosen to revisit the first book in the Inheritance Cycle series.
I’m currently about 40% through the book having been reading it for a few days. I initially started the book when I was at school a couple of years ago, but I don’t remember finishing the book and I certainly haven’t read any further into the series, so I decided to go back to it.
On reading a couple of reviews on Goodreads when I was starting the book I was remarkably surprised to see as many poor reviews as I did. One review in particular I read essentially slated the book because it had every aspect a fantasy novel does. A naïve hero that goes on to be world changing. An adventure, dragons, names with apostrophes etc…You get my drift. I have to say it’s my opinion you can’t rate a book based solely on that. That entirely detracts from the story and the characters.
I can see why it’s necessary. How can somebody grow to be extraordinary when living an very ordinary life? We all change based on our experiences. If I didn’t study Performing Arts through school I probably won’t have as much confidence as I do today, further still if I hadn’t got a job where I have, where I am comfortable with everybody with different age ranges yet I can still joke with the boss. These are reasonably mundane things, but they make a difference. In comparison, how can a hero destined to save the world grow into their full powers labouring on a farm, or stacking shelves? The fact is, it’s not going to happen. They have to be pressured, stretch beyond their perceived limits in order to change.
I guess I like the diversity within the Fantasy genre. Yes, some stick within the genre and use many of its typical traits (I’m sure this has a specific word, but I’m racking my brain and can’t find it. You know what I mean I hope). Then there’s those that broaden the horizons and introduce new themes to the genre. They have certain things in common that are more standard within the genre, and other things not. There are many different types of Fantasy novels, urban Fantasy, epic fantasy (my overall favourite at the moment) just to name a couple. For me appreciating the genre is appreciating the similarities and differences alike. In comparison consider the Romance genre. To me, disliking Fantasy because it is “cliché” – (to use this reviewers words) is like saying one dislikes Romance novels because people always end up falling in love and living happily ever after.
You see my point..?
Once I’ve finished the book I’ll follow with my full thoughts, and any thoughts or comments to this post anyone leaves (PLEASE DO!!) I will discuss then.
In the mean time… Happy reading!