It’s come to my attention (yet again) that fantasy stories make up some of the most well-renowned tales but they can sometimes be the most polarizing at the same time. For instance, take The Lord of the Rings and The Shannara Chronicles; LOTR took the world by storm after J.R.R. Tolkien released it back in the 20th century, so much so that it (and its preceding novel The Hobbit) are still having adaptions and products released decades later, including those little Hobbit house shoes I’ve been hearing about.
Shannara has been received well and also criticized for its similarity to Tolkiens work. While I have started the Shannara series and not yet finished it, I can see why critics may gripe, somewhat, but I feel as though fantasy is a fickle genre to create enough, without people comparing novels to each other.
I’ve had ideas for a fantasy novel too and you’d better damn believe they all include those pointy-eared sexy beasts we call elves! While I may not have the capacity to construct a high-fantasy, medieval-themed story revolved around mythical creatures, I don’t think that I, or anyone else, should judge authors and their stories simply because they have similar elements to others.