posted on Nov, 14 2005 @ 11:57 AM
This makes the whole story line look formulaic
As its supposed to be. Most books out there are forumula based mid-level writtings that are sent out to garner profit. There's a market for the
formulas, and people buy them up.
Look at the fantasy/sci-fi section of a big bookstore, there's probably only a few dozen actual independent storylines there, and then 'subtle'
(and not so subtle) variations of those few themes.
I recall having read one 'space adventure' when I was younger where a Kingdom was replaced with a despotic and sinister republic, with Knights that
have Light Swords and near psychic powers, and one dressed in black badass representing the bad guys. Just a rip-off of starwars, plain and simple.
Or even look at Michael Chricton's stuff. I particularly enjoy his books, but the last several have been the same book, different setting. Jurassic
Park is about a corporation that uses high science to create a crazy theme-park or some other 'common' use. Timeline is the same thing. Instead of
dinosaurs, its time travel, its even to make a 'realistic' theme park. Prey, same sort of thing, instead of dinosaurs, its nano-bots.
Not to knock chricton, i think that in his stuff its a good example of when its not too important if the book is forumulaic, because the really
interesting stuff that he writes, beyond the science, is the human-human interactions and the ways groups work together.
Sorta like how tennis can't be tennis without the same set of rules and progression of stages each time.
But in general most cases of this result in paperback garbage.