Asking about Kingkiller Chronicle Book 3 constantly ain’t always the greatest.
Being a creative on any level isn’t always easy. Success is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have tons of fans who love reading your work along with (presumably) a solid income with which you can support yourself. I know there are millions of creatives out there who would love to make enough money to live modestly comfortably and keep producing their work. But all of a sudden, there is a mountain of expectation and the need to produce content regularly in order to keep your fans happy.
George R.R. Martin has had this problem for many years and fans are fairly ruthless about asking for The Winds of Winter. But he isn’t the only one. Patrick Rothfuss, the other of the Kingkiller Chronicle books, has had a similar problem. He wrote The Name of the Wind several years back and published The Wise Man’s Fear in 2011. Since then, fans have been eager for book three, The Doors of Stone, and they’ve made it known.
As it turns out, it seems like this has taken an emotional toll on Patrick Rothfuss himself. In a recent Twitch stream, Rothfuss discussed the need for clarity when interacting with people. He even went so far as to explain the subtext of some comments that rub him the wrong way.
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“What you try to say is, ‘I hope that you write a book before you die.’ And I’m like, what you’re trying to say is, ‘I really like your work,’ but what you actually said is, ‘your life is meaningless to me other than if I produce something that you desire.’”
Rothfuss then went on to discuss the interactions most directly revolving around The Doors of Stone.
“Or you say, ‘God, I’ve been waiting for book 3.’ Again what you’re saying is, ‘Oh, I’m so excited about that because I really love your work.’ But for me, yeah, I’ve been waiting a long time for book 3 too. I feel really bad about the fact that it isn’t done yet.”
Just some food for thought for fans out there. Yes, we want our books and movies and we want them in a reasonable time frame. However, we can’t forget that these authors are people too and they likely get a lot of interactions that can lead them disheartened and upset. With that in mind, it makes sense to be mindful of our interactions with these creatives.
Because you don’t want to be that guy who puts the author’s work above the person themself, do you? Nah, no one wants to be that person. So, sit back, pick up another series, and be patient as Rothfuss takes his time closing out Kingkiller Chronicle.
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SOURCE: Patrick Rothfuss (via The Eolian)