A few weeks ago, @soupytoasterson asked me if I’d be willing to write a bit about Greg Rucka’s novel A Gentleman’s Game for Comics! The Blog’s letter section. Today, that letter ran, in the feature Um, Actually. The actual letter is at the end of the section. I’m not sure it closes with the power of
My letter discussed how I discovered the novel, some brief thoughts on it, as well as where I was going from here. In short, I like Rucka’s comics, spy books are cool, and I’m going to read some comics.
What I didn’t talk about in the letter was my historical reluctance to ‘mix media’ with universes that I really enjoyed. When I was younger, I consumed many, many books in the Star Wars expanded universe. What I slowly, but surely realized, was that these books were ruining Star Wars for me, so I stopped reading them. But, from about that point on, I can’t recall a single universe that I followed in one medium, then picked up in another.
It should be noted that in this, I’m not counting books made into movies. I’m talking about the EXTENSION of a universe, not a RE-IMAGINING of one.
I don’t know what changed in the past year or so, but I’m going to say that because of some of the books in my comics file being so far off of what I’d pick on my own, I’m more willing to give (borderline) looking books a try. On top of that, there were some damn good Star Wars books (in addition to the stuff I didn’t like), so, why care about the medium in which the story is being told?
If I stuck to my old ‘one medium per universe’ mantra, I’d be missing out on some really awesome looking stories in Queen and Country, a bad-ass origin of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, and of course more background to the Mass Effect universe. Frankly, that’s an injustice to me, a fan of these series. Absolutely, there’s stuff I don’t want to explore in other formats (for instance, the Firefly, Battlestar Galactica RPGs), but damn, I’d love a sourcebook for playing as a CTU Agent in the world of 24.
Not all expanded universe material will be good. I KNOW this. But, by letting the stuff that I subjectively found uninspiring/uninteresting overrule the stuff that’s amazing, I’m pretty sure that’s letting the bad-guys win.
So readers, I’m going to read/watch/play in the universes I love. I’m going to follow my favorite characters. If a storyline doesn’t interest me, I won’t interact with it (I certainly won’t start a petition to change it).