Tuesday, January 5, 2016
And a Happy New Year!
...but really, the last three months or so of 2015 was wholly dedicated to that galaxy far, far away. I've played the heck out of Star Wars Battlefront, having fun along the way; I've read several of the tie-in novels for The Force Awakens, devouring them eagerly; I've made space on a shelf to display some of my old Star Wars toys, in short I was truly a fanboy again for a good while. My son and heir did enjoy Episode VII a lot more than his dad, though, but I'm trying not to say anything bad about it, as this Star Wars is for him and his generation. It was an extremely fast-paced, entertaining and witty Star Wars film, no doubt, and it absolutely crushes the prequel trilogy in almost every department, but whereas George Lucas went too far away from what made Star Wars great, J.J. Abrams stayed too close. The plot was and is wafer-thin, and it was precisely a new, fresh and interesting story I most wanted to succeed with this new trilogy. I can't believe how contrived the plot is, and yes I know you could say the same about the original movie, but there's a difference - The Force Awakens was a continuation of a story that began simple enough but took on epic proportions; I feel that simply reskinning the original film with some additional bells and whistles was a very weak decision, but, seeing the spectacular success, I'm sure it was a good decision marketing-wise. Artistically, though...that being said, the first twenty minutes is a home-run, it was enrapturing, powerful, and most importantly, different yet Star Wars all the way. All the new characters were top notch, and I would not have minded the original trio's complete absence, as Rey, Finn, and Poe have more than enough screen presence on their own. Blah blah ramble ramble.
And then...George R.R. Martin updated his Not A Blog.
I was actually on a trip when Martin made his post, and someone messaged me: "GRRM is in the news!" And I was like, "Whoa! It has been announced!" Then I told myself to not expect that much, so I wasn't really disappointed when the news was that The Winds of Winter is not done.
HOWEVER, the post Martin wrote is exactly the kind of post I have been asking for on this blog for the longest time. It is a post that shows a more humble author, it is a post where honesty seems to prevail, and it is a post that does not frustrate. In fact, it elicits some sympathy instead (so I have to wonder, did someone ghost-write the blog post from this otherwise curmudgeony author?!) and makes the wait for The Winds of Winter a little less hard. We'll probably have it by the end of the year, all I have to do is to avoid everything related to HBO's Game of Thrones. I can live with that, season five wasn't grabbing me anyway (the only season I haven't re-watched at least one episode of).
So finally a semi-proper update. To celebrate I'm going to refurbish this blog, and get back on track with my re-read of A Feast with Dragons. My New Year's resolution is to finish the re-read this year (I never said I was good with resolutions).
May the Seven be with us all.
Posted by R.J. at 1:02 AM