Before Dishonour....seriously?!

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by sosolidshoe, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. MattWallace

    MattWallace Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    I used to enjoy PAD's work but lately it's like he comes up with a bunch of jokes and then twists the plot and characters to fit them. I don't mind the other books mentioning the Excalibur or it's crew just so long as PAD stays in his own corner of the sandbox where I can safely ignore his books. There may be a crew similar to the NF bunch in the novelverse but I imagine that the NF books actually occur in a parallel universe, much like how the movie & TOS are similar but not the same.
     
  2. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    How many people blackbanned the book? If you check the VOY thread, and the one where they were setting questions for Kristen Beyer to answer at her Shore Leave panel, you're talking about 20 to 30 fans max. And some of those did come around to trying "Full Circle" and beyond.

    So Margaret Clark's "bonehead move" pissed off about twenty people but intrigued possibly hundreds to pick up the book, and then read the refreshed relaunch.
     
  3. MatthiasRussell

    MatthiasRussell Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle
    They may have win the battle but lost a war. Many Voyager fans refused to read trek lit after Before Dishonor. Maybe the publicity helped the one book, but it didn't help subsequent books. There were many trek readers who wouldn't read voyager because they hate voyager, now you have voyager fanatics who won't read voyager despite the quality of Beyer's work and her working with the hand she was dealt. The gain was not greater than the loss.

    Killing off main characters just pisses off fans. It was true of Kirk, Data, and Trip. Not sure how people reacted to Spock dying.
     
  4. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    But, as many of them admitted here before, they didn't read Janeway in any of the licensed tie-ins before (except "Mosaic"). Like the TOS fans who got off on Kirk/Spock relationships began to write, publish and buy slash fanzines when they couldn't find enough homoerotic scenes in canonical TOS and movies and licensed tie-ins, the so-called "Janeway fans" touted that they much preferred their own online fanfics to the way Pocket (and Paramount) had always mistreated their heroine. Of those angry people we met here several times, only a few had read VOY novels in the past when they announced their boycott on non-Janeway VOY novels.

    Sales must be up, though, 'cos Kirsten keeps being contracted for more, more, more!

    Just Google it, but ST II was assumed to be the last ST movie at the time, some fans went into deep mourning - and, not that long after, we got one, then two sequels out of it and several decades of new ST. Leonard Nimoy himself launched a new profile as a movie director and even wrote "I Am Spock", almost retracting his previous autobiography, "I Am Not Spock".
     
  5. MatthiasRussell

    MatthiasRussell Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle
    Beyer's books sell because she is incredibly talented and writes Voyager better than the television writers ever did. The lack of Janeway simply shows all the more how good she is. Had Janeway not been axed, her books may sell even better even if Janeway was riding a desk at Command. As it is, we probably wouldn't have gotten Eden if Janeway were around;though Eden is far more interesting, she isn't the commander Voyager fanatics came to love. Were they reading before Before Dishonor, maybe not but they sure don't want to read now. I think they are being silly and fickle, but the franchise should have known that and not made the bonehead decisions they did in killing characters in Generations, TATV, and Before Dishonor.

    Spock's death was done so much better than any other character. Plus at the time, fans probably weren't expecting any more trek anyways.
     
  6. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    And Christie Golden's VOY books also sold extremely well - that's why she got the Relaunch gig - with a few of the Janeway fans even saying that Golden was the only Pocket author they liked.

    So has there been a loss for the franchise or a win? Are you going to try to please just VOY fans (or just Janeway fans), or the more general ST fans? Seems to me the more general ST readers prefer Beyer to Golden.
     
  7. MatthiasRussell

    MatthiasRussell Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle
    I won't argue who the better author is. My point is killing Janeway was not wise. That act didn't help the franchise and only pleased the more fanatical Janeway haters. There was more gain in not killing Janeway than killing Janeway. Same was true for Kirk, Data, and Tripp. THAT is my point.

    Hell, I'd say DS9 would have been better if they didn't "kill" Sisko.
     
  8. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    Location:
    The Black Country, England
    You've got to take into account that some people that wouldn't be reading the Voyager novels after plodding through the utter drivel written by Christie Golden have been brought back on board with killing Janeway (who I disliked) and Kirsten's excellent work...

    For example, me !

    :)
     
  9. Therin of Andor

    Therin of Andor Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2004
    Location:
    New Therin Park, Andor (via Australia)
    But it did! VOY novels were in a slump (or non existent), but now they're not.

    Well, I did dislike her "Dark Matters" trilogy and "Captain's Table" entry, but enjoyed (but had reservations over) "Homecoming"/"The Farther Shore".

    I find it interesting that many in the "Janeway should never die" camp liked Golden's approach and refused to read/support most other ST books. Not to mention if no character is ever allowed to die, it really starts to stretch believability. As in, No matter what disaster befalls the UFP, every important character will always survive unless already killed off canonically.

    Not so sure I want my heroes to be immortal.
     
  10. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2003
    Location:
    Tacoma, Washington
    Dash Rendar faked his death in Shadows of the Empire.

    Nonsense. They attracted more readers by killing her off than they drove away. There is no such thing as bad publicity, and all the protesters did was raise awareness of the series and raise sales. Speaking for myself, I was completely done with Voyager at the end of Spirit Walk and picked up Full Circle only because of the events of Before Dishonor. Now, Voyager is one of my favorite Trek book series.
     
  11. MatthiasRussell

    MatthiasRussell Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle
    They could have had the same effect killing Chakotay. Killing Chakotay would probably done a better job overcoming the mediocre state of Voyager at the time. And I doubt the Voyager fanatics would have complained about losing Chuckles. He was more involved in the Voyager books at the time and wasn't the icon Janeway was.

    But killing characters wouldn't be necessary at all with quality stories and authors. The good publicity of Beyer's high quality books would have rejuvenated interest in itself. I'm in a similar state in that I'm done with Ent. I still like Ent, but I wouldn't go back unless they get a decent author and story in there. No need to kill Archer.
     
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  12. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2011
    Location:
    The Black Country, England
    That about nails it for me too - not on my own then !

    I find it somewhat disconcerting. Is it some bizarre sexual thing like the slash wierdo's that I completely failed to pick up on ?

    My problem with Goldens work was that I found the writing worse than amateur and the plots truly pitiful - particularly Spirit Walk. Noting that this appears to be largely taken as fact on these boards, there has to be something in those novels that I missed...

    Any ideas ?
     
  13. Turtletrekker

    Turtletrekker Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2003
    Location:
    Tacoma, Washington
    Nah, killing Chakotay wouldn't have had the same effect. Remember the outrage and controversy when they killed Scotty and Selar? Yeah, me neither. Killing Chakotay would have been the same kind of thing. From my perspective, it certainly would NOT have brought ME back into the Voyager book fold.
     
  14. MattWallace

    MattWallace Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    It`s easier for the authors to stuff Janeway into the fridge than Chakotay. This way they don`t have to deal with a female captain unless it`s one that they put in place (Ro, Ezri). Female characters usually get the short end of the stick unless they`re the star of the show like Buffy, etc. In an larger group, even though one or two characters may be more like a traditional leading character, women usually end up on the losing end as time goes on.

    Part of the problem is that most of the writers are men and generally don`t do as good a job writing women as they do men. The reverse is usually true as well. This is of course a general observation and there are authors of both genders who can handle characters of the opposite equally well.

    I`m not a fan of how they killed Janeway. That doesn`t mean that I would be opposed to the character dying, just not in the way she did (or didn`t, considering the huge EXIT sign they hung on it by bringing in the Q). It makes the death meaningless if she can return at any time with a sanp of the fingers. Ì`m much better now. It was just a case of 24 hour death.`
     
  15. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Location:
    #istandwithcbs
    If they killed Chakotay, I doubt anyone would notice. It would be right up there with killing Travis Mayweather, or the second nameless redshirt from "The Apple"
     
  16. MattWallace

    MattWallace Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    Then they`d be facing cries of `racist`for killing off the native character while leaving the multitude of white characters alone.
     
  17. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    Have you actually read the books? Janeway was replaced with a female captain, Afsarah Eden.


    Not in Trek Lit. We have tons of central female characters. Kira has been the commander of DS9 since the start of the post-finale novels. Ezri Dax is captain of the Aventine now. In SCE/Corps of Engineers, Sonya Gomez was the commander of the SCE team and the lead character of the series. The Destiny trilogy focused largely on Captain Erika Hernandez of the Columbia. The current command crew of the Enterprise in the post-Nemesis TNG novels is mostly female. Over on Titan, Captain Riker's chief advisors -- his first officer and his wife/diplomatic officer -- are both female, and so is his science officer. And the current President of the United Federation of Planets in the novels, one of the most popular recurring characters in the line, is a woman.
     
  18. MattWallace

    MattWallace Lieutenant

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    Thanks for responding Christopher. Love your work on Titan.

    I guess you missed the part of my post where I said ``This way they don`t have to deal with a female captain unless it`s one that they put in place``

    Kira was in command of DS9 at the end of the series and now, unlike her male counterparts, has gotten herself to a nunnery. When was the last time Picard resigned and became a monk?

    Ro is now in command, a position she was placed in by the authors of the books. Again, see the bold portion above. This also applies to Afsarah Eden.

    I didn't say that there were no female characters. I said that they usually get the short end of the stick as compared to their male counterparts.

    The TNG crew of late has been such a mess that we don't know what will happen with them. However, T'Lana was the most promenent member of the crew to oppose Picard, essentially commiting mutiny.

    I did not inter my comments to mean that there are no well written female characters or that all male characters are well written. However, comparing the two, the females are treated less well by the stories than their male counterparts.
     
  19. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2001
    I was so distracted by the outrageous and insulting accusation that Trek Lit writers would not want to "deal with a female captain" of any sort that I didn't notice the rest of the sentence.


    Captain Sisko went on indefinite leave and embraced his role as a Bajoran religious figure for several years while Kira commanded the station. Now, 4-5 years later, those roles have been reversed. Kira was the commander of DS9 in well over a dozen novels; she's been in a monastery for exactly one so far.


    I don't understand why you think we'd care whether it was our character or someone else's. Why would we only be selectively sexist?


    Define "of late." Sure, there was a lot of crew turnover in the TNG novels published between September 2007 and August 2008, but the command crew that was in place as of Greater Than the Sum has only lost one member in the ensuing three years of real time and two-plus years of story time. Whatever "mess" there may have been for a brief time is well in the past.


    Well, strictly speaking it was Picard who was committing mutiny, and Kadohata, with the cooperation of T'Lana and Leybenzon, who was obeying Admiral Nechayev's orders to relieve him of command.


    I don't see why you'd think that. If anything, although I haven't counted, I daresay that the majority of original characters created by Trek novelists in recent years have been female. (For instance, the majority-female TNG crew came about because Keith DeCandido, David Mack, and I all independently decided we wanted to add new female characters to the cast.) So the idea that we'd have some resistance to "dealing with" female characters of any rank or any origin is bizarre.
     
  20. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    How so? The command crew has been pretty much steady for 7 books, and 4 or 5 years of story time at this point and I haven't seen any reason to believe that will change. We did lose Kadohata in Losing the Peace, but that was fairly minor compared to the books before it, and her leaving was completely voluntary, so I wouldn't be surprised if she popped back up eventually.
     

Share This Page