I really, really, really, really like Monsterpocalypse.
I mean, really.
Just wanted to be clear on that.
Also, my CREATE A TITLE FOR A SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIE contest is over. I had a ton of great entries. So many that I think I’ll end up having a winner and two or three runner ups. I’ll be posting a list of all the titles as well as my choice for the lucky winners in a day or two. So stay tuned.
But enough of that. While striving to come up with an interesting topic for my latest blog post, I was fortunate enough to have a recent comment provide that topic for me.
Do you read books written by other writers who write in the same kind of themes and tone that you write? Examples above being Michael Rubens sci-fi novel The Sheriff of Yrnameer, and John Connoly’s The Gates.
Do you feel like there is competition or animosity between writers who have similar styles of writing in terms of theme, tone, and character?
Have you ever one a single game of Heroscape using Brunak? He never seems to work well for me, despite the fact he looks super awesome.
Well, Bradley. Thanks for the questions first of all.
To answer your first question, No, I don’t really read “similar” writers with “similar” styles. I put the “similar” in quotes because, as I’ve mentioned more than once, I don’t really consider myself a comedic fantasy writer despite the fact that nearly every other sentient being in this universe does. Heck, even my dog thinks I’m funny.
Frankly, I’m not just a fan of most “comedic” fantasy. Most of it just doesn’t do much for me. I don’t think that’s a flaw in those books as just a personal thing. There’s plenty of great comedic fantasy out there. I just don’t read much of it. But, and here’s the truth, I just don’t read much fiction anymore. Somehow, I slowly transitioned into a non-fiction reader. I don’t know why fiction stopped holding my interest, but I think it just has to do with the fact that I don’t read a lot.
(I know, I know. I’m a writer. I’m not supposed to admit that. But I’m a busy guy. I have games to play and world domination to plot. I do actually read quite a bit, but very little of it is fiction of any genre, much less my own.)
To your second question, I can’t speak for other writers, but I don’t bear any animosity toward other successful writers, whether they’re “similar” to my style or not. (Sorry. But I gotta throw in the quotation marks because perceptions of style are so individual that I find them hard to take seriously.) When my first book, Gil’s All Fright Diner, came out I was compared to Christopher Moore. An Amazon review even criticized me for aping Moore’s style too closely. Yet, up to that point, I’d never even heard of Moore. Since then, I’ve read some of Moore’s work, and I don’t think we write very much alike at all. But that’s just one guy’s opinion.
And that’s something I realized a long time ago. People are going to draw comparisons. If the comparisons are meant as a compliment, then I take them as such, regardless of if I agree with them.
The flip side is that it’s quite possible to end up in a losing battle with comparisons. The Christopher Moore comparisons are perhaps the most common ones I come across, and not all of them are positive. Just because someone is a fan of a “similar” writer, doesn’t mean they’ll like my work. But, again, that’s not Moore’s doing. And, if it wasn’t Moore (or Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchett) it’d just be someone else. Nothing exists in a vacuum. You just can’t get around it. So you just deal with it, good and bad.
Finally, have I used Brunak? Yes, I have. Not many times, but I have about a billion Heroscape units (give or take), and I always like to try new combinations. The units I use most reliably are probably The Venoc Warlord and Major Q10. And I do love a good ol’ fashioned HORDE OF ORCS! Mwahahahaha! Suicidal, bloodthirsty, raging orcs charging fearlessly into the jaws of death! Truly, that is a beautiful thing.
Thanks again for the questions, Bradley.
Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,