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Discussion in 'The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three' started by LRIrwin, Jan 3, 2014.
I was reading The Wind Through the Keyhole last night and it is pretty good
I've read the series twice. I
I read the series twice. The first time something tugged at my neurons but didn't wake me up to the east-west issue. Then I read it the second time and was like "did he really screw that up?" I actually read this part a third time, drew a map, and confirmed that , indeed, he got a bit confused. My first instinct is to not downplay the series, but to ask what the hell editors get paid to do??? Just seems impossible to miss, especially by a team of people. Hmmmm
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....Mid-World has moved on...literally...it explains the screwy geography...
Probably an error.
I mean it might not be, but since SK falls more on the non-outlining side of writing I assume it is. Most fantasy writers are usually heavy world builders spending hours and hours crafting. Ya know? The heirs to Tolkien and all. Not all fantasy is High fantasy of course but that detailed world building. Some folks really just have a talent for it. A lot of them outline as well I've noticed.
Stephen King never struck me as a heavy rule-based world builder. Which isn't bad at all. I'm no great rule-based world builder in the writing. His most obvious gift and skills is more in small-town building, out of the box ideas and characters.
Mid-World is a kick ass world but it is not like the most structured developed world. It is more like a crazy out of the loop kinda place and very vague in some areas. Hmmm what's a good comparison? SK fantasies are more like Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and old Fairy Tales with his own touches obviously. Very Americana. Compared with Westeros, Brandon Sanderson novels are much more detailed in how they function as a society. Both cool, but very different.
Mid-World has some of that but it is far vague in some respects. It is a wasteland by the time the story starts, though.
So, probably just an error or not. Either way doesn't matter. Drawing of the Three is a great book! We are bound to find errors in a couples books every now and again.
Any writers books.
...it does mention in the Canon somewhere that geography had gotten "fuzzy" or something to that effect.....
Without beating a dead horse, I'd bet the farm it was a mistake. With so much focus on the direction of the beam and the locations of the twelve gods around the tower, I feel that it was a slip up. With Roland traveling North along the Western Sea, he could've only seen rocks to his right, or the east. Just saying.....
he was walking backwards people, duh!
Hooray! It looks like I'm not the only pedantic reader. Every time I re read The Dark Tower series, this little item of direction scratches my sense of logic. I get the fantasy world scenario, and the plasticity of geography, but I have found that SK's stories are usually very logical, and even graceful in their movement from one scene to the next, but this particular glitch just doesn't work.
Didn't stop me from galloping through the rest of the series, though, and loving it.