September ASK TERRY Posted

terry-brooksFor many years the only chance a fan had of speaking to Terry was to meet him at tour events or conventions.

With the establishment of this website in 2000, Terry began accepting two questions from each fan per month. On the last day of the month, five questions are randomly drawn. Terry answers these five questions and they are posted monthly for your enjoyment.

Below are the questions selected last month and Terry’s answers! Enjoy!

Note: This section may contain spoilers!

Dear Readers,

Your faithful author is weathering the bitter winds of those living south in LaLa Land who keep insisting on reinventing the wheel. So far, I am holding my own, but I make no guarantees that they won’t plow me under. I keep trying to explain the importance of consistency and common sense in the creative part of storytelling, especially with fantasy.

But I control Ask Terry too, so I will take a break to reply:

Scott Dobbin writes: Mr. Brooks, since you are ending the Shannara saga will you ever reveal more of the changed world? You have revealed Parkasia, and the islands in the Blue Divide, but what is beyond Eldwist and what other places are in the Southland? I would love to see a map of the new Earth what it looks like now.

Terry Brooks replies: You will get one more major revelation, for sure, which will probably require another new map. Maybe at the end of things, we will have a more comprehensive picture via a new map of what the changed world looks like. This time, I think, we will look East. Still a few years off, but I am working on it.

Anonymous writes: Are there plans/dates of a Genesis of Shannara trilogy being published as an omnibus edition? Also, Legends and Dark Legacy in the future. I love the single volume collections. Thank you very much!

Terry Brooks replies: I haven’t heard anything of date relating to Genesis. I will inquire about this and try to remember to get word to my faithful Web Druid so he can post something about this. I have wondered this myself, but have not followed up. I know we will continue to package and print Omnibus Editions of sets, but I am not sure what else is in the works at this point.

Alan Wolff writes: In the “final” Landover book, will Abernathy finally be returned to his human form?

Terry Brooks replies: That would be telling. Besides, I am not quite ready to declare the next Landover the Final, Final Book in that series. Also, do we really want to know if Abernathy changes back again or do we just want to imagine whether he does or not?

Frank Sexton writes: What is the most lethal evil in the original trilogy?

Terry Brooks replies: Lester del Rey. Ha, ha, just kidding. Seemed like it sometimes, though. I thought the Ildatch was pretty soulless for a book. That creeps me out. Even more so than the flesh and blood and shade creatures. An evil book can be terribly frightening. And often hard to recognize. I ward my books with Brooks magic to keep them from become evil. So far, so good.

Sokota Ireland writes: I am truly looking forward to Elfstones on film! My question is this: Has MTV taken more of an “adult” fairy tale approach to the project (ex. something like Game of Thrones) or a milder more PG-13 approach, ( Peter Jackson’s LOTR)?

Terry Brooks replies: Well, the mandate is for a “Game of Thrones for the Whole Family” approach. But there are some harsh moments with violence and menace, even in the books. We seem to be staying clear of nudity so far. But you know Hollywood – they love to take their clothes off down there. So all I can promise is that I will try to help those poor folks remember how this all started out and to not drift to the dark side. Mostly, I think we will follow the PG-13 model.

All good wishes for Thanksgiving and the remainder of the year. Hope to post some pictures online as we go along of what’s happening with the TV show. More soon.

See you next month,

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5 responses to “September ASK TERRY Posted”

  1. Without creating unneeded/speculative drama here, I could find it believable that Terry might to educate (train) other creative folks about the importance of discipline regarding the “consistency” he mentions in his “Why I Write about Elves” essay. It sounds like he learned about it the hard way.

    Thanks, Terry and Shawn, for all the great info here on 🙂

    Looking forward to the next Landover book!

  2. It’s this consistency that leads to the richness of the great worlds in fantasy that we all enjoy so much. (find so completely engaging) Middle Earth, Shannara, “a galaxy far, far away” 🙂

    Ok, I’m done. lol

  3. I have always enjoyed Mr. Brooks consistency in world building and writing. His “Sometimes the Magic Works” is still very entertaining and I read it nearly every year. Thank you for continuing the “Ask Terry” feature. Looking forward to the new show.

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