Legend of the Seeker Misrepresents
Every person can name at least one or five or ten books that have been turned into a movie or a television show. Books such as Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Of Mice and Men, Wizards First Rule, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - though that is a play- and many more. But how many of these productions actually portray the book in the fashion in which it was written. My guess is that the number is very few. People read books because they enjoy them and get excited when they find out that their favorite book is being made into a series or movies. However most of the time it is a huge let down. One such series is called Legend of the Seeker, based on the book series The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind.
Authors take a lot of time, days, months, and even years, to research, and write pages, chapters and eventually entire stories. A fictional writer has two main goals. The first is to entertain the reader. The second, though many would disagree, is to actually inform the reader of things. Authors take a lot of time creating fictional places and people that will teach life lessons in the end. Goodkind is fairly straightforward about some of his lessons where as others are more, hidden. Goodkind introduces many of these lessons by introducing them as "Wizarding Rules". These are rules that every wizard should be aware of and try to follow, though that is not always possible.
There are eleven books and eleven "rules" in Goodkinds Series. The books are each between 500 and 1100 pages a piece. Each of these contain a "Wizarding Rule" as well as other life lessons. The series over all teaches tolerance, differences between people and beliefs, honestly, justice, life is not always fair or easy, and possibly the most important is that the right thing to do may not be the easiest.
Within these pages is an extremely detailed story of an ordinary woods guide, Richard Cypher, who is introduced to an entire different world. He is told that magic does exist and that everything he knew was nothing. His world is turned upside down as his father is murdered, his friend and mentor turns out to be his grandfather, he falls into a forbidden love that is impossible to work and finds out on top of all of this that only he holds the knowledge to stop an evil tyrant, Darken Rahl, from taking over the world. This does not scratch the surface of the adventure Richard has. Zeddicus Zu'ul Zorrander, or Zedd, wizard and grandfather to Richard, has a quote that is very applicable to this story as well as life in general. "Nothing is ever easy." This is said over and over and is very true. Nothing about this series or what Richard must endure is easy. Nothing about real life is easy.
Zedd is the man who mentored Richard as he grew, teaching him almost everything Richard knows about herbs, tracking, and living off the wilds as well as just common sense. Once the adventure begins and Zedd reveals his identity as a wizard he teaches Richard new things. The Wizarding Rules. These rules are true for everyone and most people follow them without knowing. For instance the first rule is that “People are stupid, they will believe something simply because they want it to be true, or they fear that it is true” (Wizard 397). A parent will believe they have a perfect child because that is what they wish, though it may not be the truth. Another example that everyone knows is the second rule, "The greatest harm can come from the best intentions" (Stone 634). A child cleaning up a mess usually makes more of a mess then the original, but they were only trying to help. Have you heard "Mind what people do, not what they say, for deeds betray a lie" (Soul 205)? Well, this is the fifth rule, politicians say they will not raise taxes over and over, but they do. Goodkind may call them "wizarding rules" but in reality they are simple rules that a lot of children are taught. They are morals and sense that people ahve they just...
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Legend of the Seeker. ABC, Auckland, New Zealand. 1, November, 2008
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