Once upon a time, the author Terry Goodkind wrote a series of epic fantasy called The Sword of Truth. Within these 11 books (there are books being added), Goodkind builds an astounding world and weaves his stories around you.
The series has many characters, every one of them leaving a distinct impression. Some appear only briefly and others sticking around long enough to become our friends (this is if you are like me and you become very attached to fictional characters). The two “main” characters, Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell are incredibly deep, constantly growing and blow my mind on a very regular basis. The stories are under the epic fantasy genre, including mythical creatures, medieval like scenery and government. (There is a reason it’s called epic fantasy).
Goodkind’s ability to build characters, world build and intertwine plots are among his greatest writing skills.
I’m telling you about Goodkind’s books because they were the basis of a show called Legend of the Seeker. The show aired for 2 seasons and to my horror, was cancelled.
Legend of the Seeker was among the rare (even rarer now) epic fantasy shows on TV these days. We have reality shows, sci-fi show, game shows, cartoon shows…but where are the fantasy shows? I’m really not sure why there is so little epic fantasy out in the TV world, I’m even less sure why they would cancel one as good as Legend of the Seeker. It had everything a good fantasy show needs.
I really hate to think that people are more interested in watching crap like Toddlers and Tiaras then in watching enveloping stories that spark imagination and whimsy in the hearts of the watchers. What is the world coming to when reality is watched more than Fiction? We live reality, why watch it again on TV?
Legend of the Seeker might have been cancelled, and that sucks. I can only hope that epic fantasy finds its way back onto television and sticks around.