Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trilogies

Im currently reading Towers of Midnight and am enjoying it. I'll post a review eventually, but today though I was struck by an irony. Let me explain: most fantasy series have been organized around trilogies since Tolkien. Fantasy is still enamoured of the form, and even though writers like Abercrombie use the form to expose cliche's many fantasy novelists still work with the trilogy as a basic organizational principle. Jordan himself even admitted that the Wheel of Time began in his mind as a trilogy then "grew with the telling." While most fantasy series are limited to trilogies, how many of them actually end in a trilogy? Because splitting a Memory of Light into three books, although I understand the need given the amount of material, is essentially ending with a trilogy. A fitting way perhaps to end one of the most influential fantasy series of a generation. A series that overturned so many cliches, and broke new ground, not least of which was stretching beyond the traditional three book structure, its slightly ironic that the last three books can be thought of as a trilogy.

Just saying...

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