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Why Do Many Fans Not Want To Read the Books?

TX_TREKKER

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Report this Feb. 06 2011, 10:36 pm

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wow looks like we have a troll....
Reported for a personal attack. I like classical literature and non fiction more than Trek books.


Yes, and reported as well for trolling in the numerous topics you have. Have a nice day!

Matthias Russell

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Report this Feb. 10 2011, 3:00 pm

I would bet more fans would read the books if there were a Matthias Russell character. According to Star Trek online, he is just a boy where the 24th century books are at but his parents go to Andor often. Any authors out there, how about an MR cameo?

Matthias Russell was born at Amundsen-Scott City, Antarctica, Earth in 2370, the second of two children. His parents (both human) studied polar or sub-freezing environments, his father being a meteorologist and his mother a polar biologist. Travelling regularly as a child to other worlds to study polar habitats, he gained a love for the stars and various cultures. While accompanying his parents on a research trip in the Weddell Sea at age 14, he encountered the wreckage of the HMS Endurance, which was lost in 1915. Being bored on the submarine, he researched the wreck and learned about the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by Shackleton’s example, by the time the submarine surfaced again, he decided he wanted to be an explorer and a ship’s captain. Logically, the best way to do this was to join Starfleet.
He told his goal to a classmate at Amundsen-Scott, Cody Williamson, who had never left Antarctica in his life where his grandfather was a chief mechanic of Antarctica’s polar life support systems. The two studied starship design and warp theory in hopes of escaping never ending cold on a Starfleet Engineering Scholarship.

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Report this Feb. 11 2011, 5:00 pm

Quote: AuH2O 64 @ Feb. 06 2011, 5:10 pm

But sometimes i actually enjoy "wasting" my time!


LOL. Sweet.

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Report this Feb. 11 2011, 5:05 pm

Quote: AuH2O 64 @ Feb. 04 2011, 10:38 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Feb. 04 2011, 4:33 am

>I would recommend "Crossover" by Michael Jan Friedman and "Ship of the Line" by Diane Carey.

Thanks for the recommendations! Crossover sounds like it would be something i'd like to read. Although, i might actually pick up the audio version instead... apparently it's read by Jonathan Frakes!


I got that audiobook. It's all right. Good story. Although I get the feeling that Frakes is a better director than he is at reading audiobooks! He also reads "Imzadi" (which is on my ipod as well.)

I quite like the audio version of "Warped" which is read by Rene Auberjonois.

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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 3:48 am

The post above made me think of something. I have never listened to an audiobook - not because of some prejudice - just never have.

If you listen to audiobooks, what are your reasons for doing so?

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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 6:07 am

Waiting for my trek books to come in (: bought a lot of 12 cannot wait to start reading !


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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 6:44 am

Quote: Data Logan @ Jan. 23 2011, 10:59 pm

I can understand how it can seem pretty daunting to Star Trek fans who thing about reading books. There have been over 500 books published, plus over 500 short stories in various anthologies, plus about 20 manga stories, plus over 700 comics, plus 6 books&records, plus about 10 audio-only stories. It takes a lot of resources (money and time) to find these works and read them (or listen, as in the case of the audio work). Where do you start? Like iBorg13, who stated above that s/he just bought the first 10 TNG novels and is working hir way to Destiny. Even if you limit yourself to just TNG novels, s/he still has about 90 novels to go. Ask other for advice/recommendations. We're happy to share the joy with other readers at forums like this. Different people have different interests. Some people just don't enjoy reading Star Trek as much as others. IDIC.
I really enjoy the audio books on car trips

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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 5:42 pm

sorry if this one was already mentioned (don't have the time to go through all the posts on this thread), but i think that it has to do with the fact that for so many years the books didn't fit in with actual canon.


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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 7:49 pm

Quote: Camorite @ Feb. 12 2011, 5:42 pm

sorry if this one was already mentioned (don't have the time to go through all the posts on this thread), but i think that it has to do with the fact that for so many years the books didn't fit in with actual canon.



That's what turned me off. I got back in once I heard there were better editorial controls and continuity. That, and I had got a longing for fresh stories.

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Report this Feb. 12 2011, 7:53 pm

Quote: Lieutenant_Jedi @ Feb. 12 2011, 3:48 am

>The post above made me think of something. I have never listened to an audiobook - not because of some prejudice - just never have. If you listen to audiobooks, what are your reasons for doing so?


 


I do so for time reasons. I have an hour commute so I get a lot of reading done this way. Also if you are an audio, rather than visual memory person, it makes the book more memorable. When the reading is done well, it also makes the book more alive.


 


When you get to Stone and Anvil in NF, I recommend getting the audio book (I found it at my local library) because the actor who reads it puts good feeling and accents into his reading and there are sound effects put in so the book REALLY comes alive. I think the book set the standard for Trek audio books, not that any have been made since, I believe.


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Report this Feb. 16 2011, 3:58 pm

Quote: Lieutenant_Jedi @ Feb. 12 2011, 3:48 am

The post above made me think of something. I have never listened to an audiobook - not because of some prejudice - just never have. If you listen to audiobooks, what are your reasons for doing so?

Well I kind of like them as a different medium to actual books. It has the feeling that someone is telling you a story. And they are more convenient to have playing at work. I also have audio of a lot of Agatha Christie short stories and "Tale of Two Cities", and am thinking of getting "Midwich Cuckoos" on audio as well. I just have really good memories of being read stories, and of listening to audiobooks as a kid.

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Report this Feb. 16 2011, 9:04 pm

Quote: Matthias Russell @ Jan. 23 2011, 4:15 pm

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>I used to read Trek books a lot 10+ years ago but had to cut back to a few authors because there were too many.  Then I gave up altogether because I got tired of the lack of continuity and contradictions.  But a year ago, a friend convinced me to give them another chance.  I read Destiny  and have been hooked on the relaunch novels since, even picking up pre-Destiny books to get caught up.

>With there being little chance of future prime universe shows or movies, the books are our only link to the prime universe.  There are better editorial controls in place now and fewer authors so the books are easier and more enjoyable to follow.  The relaunches are also full of good continuing story for our favorite characters.  Even the books I don't like have good story and provide excellent continuity.  We see members wishing Tripp weren't dead, wanting to know what happened to the Voyager crew when they came home, does Sisko ever return, what is the origin of the Borg , etc.  I keep encouraging them to read the books as they answer the questions quite well and are very entertaining but many refuse to give them a try.  I've also said, if you want more Trek, buying the books helps show CBS that there is profit to be made in Trek, but nothing.

>So, why do many fans have no interest in reading the books?

>How can/should we encourage readership?

>Now that the "relaunch" books have better editorial controls in place than the old books to prevent contradictions, are they more respectable to fans?  (And for possible authors-) Do the "relaunch" books have more respect within the franchise so we wouldn't expect them to be contradicted by future screen material?

>If you don't read Trek books, why?

>If you do read them, what keeps you coming back?

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I just love Star Trek. I wanted to know what happened to the characters I came to love after the tv show or movies ended.


 


I also enjoy reading, that heps as well.  lol


 


I have a friend who's a huge Trekkie, and yet he never reads the books. He says he reads enough as it is (grad student) and that nothing cathces his eye. (even though hes a super huge TNG fan)


 


It really dpends on the person. I personally xan't get enough of them. 

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