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The author has successfully translated the entire story into a novel that, although still fantasy, has a more realistic feel than a video game. Longtime Zelda gamers may wonder, “How in the world was she able to do that?” After all, the games are fraught with dungeons, puzzles, bosses, and items that would be tedious and decidedly unrealistic if written out line-by-line. Yet, we as fans would still want an adaptation that feels authentically “Zelda.” The answer lies in a careful balance between what needs to be there and what doesn’t. Parts of the dungeon areas have been logically condensed to keep them believable and to avoid boring readers, but the settings are still very accurate. The storyline itself is faithfully adhered to—there is no major cutting and pasting of the plot’s chronology, and all the important events are present. (And did I mention that the in-game dialogue is always used whenever possible?) The development of supporting characters is necessarily expanded, but even here, Stephonika uses what the game already indicates about each character as her baseline. She does NOT insert her own drastic “fan fiction” ideas, contrary to other so-called game adaptations. Even Link’s potential romantic connections, which are implied in the game and are very popular among fans, are hinted at but left open-ended, so that readers can choose to believe what they want. (read more....)
The thing that most fans reading this are probably asking “how is the main hero portrayed?” and, trust me, it is an important question. In all the Zelda games, Link has never talked (save for "Wind Waker" where he said only a sentence) and the creator of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto himself, stated that Link is kind of a blank slate so that the fans can make what they want of him. And in previous times Link has spoken (the short-lived TV show and incredibly terrible CDi games), he was either portrayed as unintelligent or a jerk. So, what’s Stephonika’s approach to the character?
And there are those who absolutely abhor the whole video game genre, but they still love a good read. Well, I guarantee you that if someone didn't like games and had never heard of Zelda, and you plopped this story down in their lap, they would love it to the very end, even though it's based on a game itself. Twilight Princess has a very rich, deep storyline, and this novel really helped flesh it out. People deserve to know about it and enjoy it, even if they don't like games. This novel makes that possible. (read more....)
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