Hey I'm not sure how many readers they are on this site, but I decided to post anyway so I could get an accurate response. (I posted this on other forums too). Anyway is it bad to have fight scenes in novels? Like sure theyre some but in the ones I read they aren't very long- at most 1000 words. Personally I think its a little disappointing they don't milk the action but I guess books arent for that purpose -_-
Like for example in harry potter the fights are few and not very long. And in vampire hunter D they're alot of fights but theyre pretty swift *much like the movies*
So my question is are they any novels u know of that have long fight scenes? And do you as readers or fans of other media like/ hate long fights in books?
I read a James Patterson book. It was an Alex Cross where James did a great job of building the final meeting between Alex and The Mastermind. Anyway by the time they fight it out, Cross has Mastermind on his ass in no time what so ever. Even breaking his nose. So I agree with you on swift fights. I'm trying to think a book that has long fight in it though.
so were you disappointed by that confrontation? I mean I know patterson is a thriller guy so he builds hype before the final conflict occurs- heck I think all writers do that one some level- afterall it keeps the pages turning....
But do you as a reader; feel that if an enemy is so intimidating and fearful that the final fight should be long enough to highlight this?
I liked the Harry Potter fights. Especially in the last book, Deathly Hallows. Its like they were stuck out in the woods for a shit long of a time and the fight scene made up for it..Or I may just be a nerd. Also in Ender's Game the fights scenes are great. You should read that book. It is a really good book and a pretty quick read.
Although fighting sequences in novels are good for adding suspense, they don't do a lot for character development. Also, considering that a book is not a form of visual media (like TV, movies, or comic books), a long, drawn-out fight can seem downright tedious if it's all words on a page.
No, fights/battles between characters are primarily utilized as culmination/release of tension that exists between the protagonist(s) and the antagonist(s), which is perfectly fine. Take Return of the Jedi, for instance, where Luke and Vader battle it out at the end as Luke tries to stop the Emperor from killing his friends. Would it have been better if Luke and Vader had, instead, had a heart-to-heart father and son talk, embraced, then walked away and let Oprah kill the Emperor? No. That would have been so anti-climactic.
nah i agree with a fight being had to ease the tension and add a climax. But usually these fights leave a lot to be desired. Especially for characters that are hyped up so much in the story that when its actually battle time they end up finishing the fight quickly. This especially pisses me off when that hyped character is killed swift in a fight.
Never read star wars novels but I heard theyre pretty detailed and long fight wise. I trying to find novels that have fights of a lengthy caliber- I guess I need to check more novels or just get over my action addiction lol.