Let's see how many times I can misspell Allanon, shall we?
When an evil scary undead lich bad guy Druid threatens the Four Lands, the last heir of the line of Shannara has to retrieve the only thing capable of defeating him: a magic sword. Unfortunately, said magic sword is being held by the bad guy himself. So the good Druid Allanon assembles a team of would-be heroes to sneak into enemy territory and steal it.
This is a fantasy classic, so I'm glad I filled my Fantasy Geek TBR requirement (Achievement Unlocked!). I originally grew interested in the series after watching the MTV adaptation, which takes place some 20+ years after the events in The Sword of Shannara. I didn't go into the show with high hopes, but I was pleasantly surprised -- it's up there with my favorite filmed fantasy, and it was a skillfully done adaptation.
|I didn't even mind the teen love triangle, for once. It was kind of cute.|
Part of this is a medium thing. Actors can do things in Shakespearean monologues. The camera can do things in film. Monologues are about performance. Luckily, I had Scott Brick to perform it.
But my issues with this section weren't limited to writing. I could tell the decade this was written from the anti-war and pro-environment messages. Which was fine. I could also tell the decade by the marked difference between this and the show: in The Sword of Shannara, the Druid Council is made up entirely of men, while the show adaptation goes out of its way to explain that it was a gender-inclusive council. The show also includes female characters in government, in the military, and as two of the three main characters.
|*looks knowingly into the camera*|