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    Heroic Warrior InThe80s's Avatar
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    Would you BUY a MOTU novel?

    This subject was brought up in a recent (Oct 3rd, 2019) episode of Roast Gooble Dinner. Would MOTU fans support the novelization of He-Man? The limited time poll they did a few years back split the community 55%(yes) to 45%(no).

    An argument had been made that MOTU is purely a visual medium consisting of toys, cartoons, and comic books. I doubt this is an accurate representation of the opinion of fans. There has been support for a He-Man novel going back to 2005. Let's try this again with a proper long term poll on the forums.

    Would you personally BUY a MOTU or He-Man themed novel:

    - Yes

    - No

    - Maybe

    - Only if it had pictures

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    I would absolutely buy MOTU novels, but I would prefer that they had about 5 spot illustrations.
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    If they’d get an audio publication I’d 100% buy them with my credits on Audible! (Assuming they’d be at least 7-11 hours per book)

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    Interesting question. I don't really see the argument that it's just a visual medium; we MOTU fans already seem to be a pretty broad church, no reason we couldn't expand to text...

    That being said, what kind of novels are we talking? My guess is that it would come out rather like the Star Trek pocket books novels that I used to spend all my money on in the 90s. There were some great authors in there, but an awful lot of it felt like phoned-in trashy stuff, and I don't feel I'd be likely to get into that sort of thing for MOTU.

    Oddly - given my usual insistence that MOTU is best served with a tongue-in-cheek style, embracing its inherent silliness - I actually think that the best approach for a MOTU novel series might be a darker, heavier interpretation.

    Answer to the question - a qualified yes, I might.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenMorton View Post
    There were some great authors in there, but an awful lot of it felt like phoned-in trashy stuff, and I don't feel I'd be likely to get into that sort of thing for MOTU.
    This is the crux of why people do not want novels; they do not want bad fan fiction becoming canon.

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    Yes I would. If it was well done and had a audiobook version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam_Prince of Eternia View Post
    This is the crux of why people do not want novels; they do not want bad fan fiction becoming canon.
    Ideally it would be a professionally written novel of high quality based on existing canon in the same vein as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Perhaps the author would be given access to notes left by the writers of the comic books and the TV show. A lot of ideas end up having to be cut or left out due to time and budget. Novels generally don't have that restriction and can go into character development and sub plots.

    Part of why MOTU is not taken seriously is because it lacks any type literally background. People think it is only about selling toys. A good story has value in its own right.

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    As someone who has written over 1,200 episodes of television and published seven novels, I can tell you that there are huge benefits to a novel over TV and film -- namely being able to get into the heads of characters in a way that a television show or a film never can. It's one of the reasons why Stephen King's brilliant novels often don't translate well to film -- i.e., he gets so much into the heads of characters in his novels that, with notable exceptions, many of his works fall flat when studios or broadcasters try to adapt them as film or for TV. Salem's Lot is a good example.

    As for a MOTU novel, Gawd how I'd love to really get into He-man and Skeletor's heads! I'll bet we'd find out things about them that we never knew.

    Quote Originally Posted by InThe80s View Post
    This subject was brought up in a recent (Oct 3rd, 2019) episode of Roast Gooble Dinner. Would MOTU fans support the novelization of He-Man? The limited time poll they did a few years back split the community 55%(yes) to 45%(no).

    An argument had been made that MOTU is purely a visual medium consisting of toys, cartoons, and comic books. I doubt this is an accurate representation of the opinion of fans. There has been support for a He-Man novel going back to 2005. Let's try this again with a proper long term poll on the forums.

    Would you personally BUY a MOTU or He-Man themed novel:

    - Yes

    - No

    - Maybe

    - Only if it had pictures

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    Only id it isn't campy

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    This subject was raised in a recent episode of He-Man.org's Roast Gooble Dinner, and one of the points they discussed that I wanted to address is concerns with regard to quality.

    The difference between a novel and animated series, for example, is that a novel is often a sole or joint work of authorship, whereas an animated series is a collaborative work. With a sole or joint work of authorship, if the vision or direction is bad, there are few or no dissenting voices. And considering Mattel approved every single Classics biography Scott wrote, I do not trust them to be good gatekeepers of the brand.

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    I voted "Maybe".

    I wouldn't mind a MOTU novel, or even a duology or trilogy, especially if it's written by a decent author - an R.A. Salvatore or Paul S. Kemp, for example. My worry is that we'll end up getting an open-ended series like Dragonlance, Ravenloft or Forgotten Realms. Now, I used to love some of those novels, but there's a lot of dross mixed in with the gold. I'd hate to see MOTU debased in any way, and there's a good chance that could happen.

    Of course, there's also the other side of the coin with a series like the Deep Space Nine relaunch novels. The ones I've read have been phenomenal, and many people consider them to be season 8 of DS9 because they're so good. So, there's a chance that a series could work.

    I know I'm all over the place with this, and that's why I voted 'Maybe'. There's potential for some great work, but there's also the potential for fanfic-y nonsense. I'd hate to see the latter find its way into MOTU.

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    I'm of the same mindset as Penny Dreadful. I think it would just be another "elseworld" for us to read. It wouldn't hurt existing properties, but it would give the fanbase something other than looking at the same stuff all the time. It doesn't have to represent official "canon". At this point, I don't think it's possible to have one official canon that defines everything. There's been too many different variations already and this would just be another one. I'd purchase one and if I didn't like it, then a small amount of money was wasted. But, if I liked it, we all win.

    I do understand there's been fanfic that was bad, which is what a lot of it is, but there's been some good ones, too. I write as a hobby and occasionally do fanfics, but have seen more bad ones than good ones. I hate many of them, especially the ones who write themselves into the character and change the entire character's personalities while focusing on 'ships and stuff like that. We don't need that, but something focused on the world of Eternia and the lore behind it would be good. I've been tempted several times to write something MOTU-based, but it takes a lot of research for the characters, for which I don't always have the time. But, they would just have to choose a good writer. New ideas and perspectives isn't always a bad thing, even if it fails. They can learn from a misfire. But, you've already failed if you don't try.

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    I would buy ALL the MOTU novels.
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    Absolutely! If get them for myself and my kids! Mega Construx had gotten them into MotU.
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