Nothing too special has happened since the last post. I'm still editing Lunar Dawn for its printed version. Each time I get done I have to slowly back away from the computer and wipe the sweat off my brow, proof of how intense the action is in this story. Anyway, while I was surfing the net one day I came upon an interesting discovery. It seems young fantasy author Christopher Paolini has decided to expand his Inheritance series by making it a cycle (4 books) instead of a trilogy as he originally planned.
His argument for this was rather interesting: according to a video announcement, which can still be viewed (http://alagaesia.com/kvetha/?detectqt=false&) Paolini says that he felt three books were not enough to fit the entire story into, in addition to not being in consistency with certain characters...um...character. Personally, I've stumbled upon the exact situation myself in writing. Since the description of his choice is still kind of vague, we can only speculate as to what specifically contributed to the spawning of a fourth book.
What also interests me is how Random House seemed to go along without putting up a fuss. All of the Inheritance books so far have a reference to the trilogy printed somewhere on them, whether it be the front cover or the last page in the back. How are they going to handle the inconsistency? They obviously can't re-print millions of copies of both books just to correct that one mistake, and the idea of a re-call is ludicrous. The only practical solution is to drop the word "trilogy" and just call the series "Inheritance" with nothing else attached.
The bigger question concerns the audience. Will Inheritance fans be patient enough to wait for this forth book? It's been almost 3 years since Eldest was first released in hard cover on August 23, 2005, and people are getting tired of waiting on this still-untitled-book III. If he takes any longer on #4, other aspiring authors (such as yours truly) will have an ample chance of stealing the spotlight, thus increasing the competition.
What's funny is the fact that as I type these words, millions of people across the world are groaning to themselves, "Oh $%!#, now we have to put up with that stupid series even LONGER now?!" Insane asylums are being packed full with poor folks who just can't take it anymore, supermarkets are baring the doors and windows to prevent looting, the Nation Guard is stockpiling weapons, and special teams of riot police are being trained to handle the coming hysteria.
Ok....maybe it isn't THAT bad....yet.
After all this time, Paolini had best be able to pull off a really, REALLY good book if he wants to prove that good things come to those who wait. If not, well, I'll leave that up to your imagination.
Power to the pen and those who wield it!