One of the things I realized at GenCon last week is that on some level, I’m prejudiced. That there’s a part of me that thinks of gaming fiction (Forgotten Realms, etc.) and other media tie-ins as somehow lesser than original fiction like my own.
I’m not happy with that realization. I’m not sure where that prejudice came from, but I’d like to finish eradicating it now, please. In part because I have a number of friends who write gaming tie-ins, such as …Ed Greenwood and Peter David and so on… And in part because, like so many prejudices, it’s stupid.
So I’m trying to break down the roots of this prejudice. A part of it, I believe, comes from the idea that if I’m making up my own original world, I’m being more creative than someone who works in a pre-defined world. Maybe that’s true, maybe it’s not.
Kudos to Jim for the honesty.
A while back, we asked “Are Media Tie-In Novels Trash?” There are good and bad media tie-in novels just like there are in any subset of books. The trick is finding the good ones. I know that Dan Abnett’s Eisenhorn series comes highly recommended…
Do you know of any others? What media tie-in books would you recommend to people who dismiss them out of hand?