Even Super Villains need advice… including what to read.
Reviewing books I haven’t read so you don’t have to read them either.
This book on how to be a supervillan was recommended in the following Google+ post:
So, getting past his merciless attack on the art book “Art of War” let’s look at his choice of super villain training book in the way of this blog: by reviewing “The Book of the Five Rings” without reading it.
I get the idea of fan fiction. Fans want more of their favourite books, movies or shows. And other fans want to exercise their creativity. Some people have even used it as practice to become actual writers, like comic book writer Devin Grayson or Howard Weinstein turning his fan short story into the animated series episode “The Pirates of Orion.”
But, personally, I don’t find it interesting. I’m sorry. I’m sure some of it is great. But a whole lot of it isn’t. So I can’t be bothered.
I understand the urge. Like everyone else I read the poem in The Lord of the Rings.
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne…
And I noted the missing odd number. What happened to five? Who got the Five rings and why aren’t they mentioned. But quickly I got passed than and waded deeper into the story.
But obviously, other at least one person had the same thought but couldn’t let it go. Someone who clearly had to write a book telling that story. Someone who clearly couldn’t think of a better name for the book then The Book of the Five Rings.
No doubt, to get the book published, like the Spanish fan fic “writer” El James some changes had to be made to avoid copyright claims. It seems that they changed the setting the book to Japan and then travelled back in time 1645 to complete cover his butt.
If you’re a total Tolkien obsessive and love fan fiction definitely give it a go. Otherwise avoid it.