I’ve been a lurker for a while, and just got LJ so I could join in on the Hobb discussions, even though it seems a bit quiet here these days.
What would you like to be called?
Where do you hail from?
Rainy old England
What age are you?
Which is your favourite series?
And which is your favourite book?
Oh blimey, I don’t know. Probably Mad Ship.
How did you find out about the books?
I spent about three weeks when I was twelve or thirteen whining to my mother about having nothing to read, until eventually she threw Ship Of Magic at me. I read the first page and was hooked.
What made you love the books?
Kennit. He was the first Hobb character I ever came across, and he’s still my favourite character now, from any author. I don't condone a lot of the things he did, but I liked him anyway.
In Farseer, it was Nighteyes and the Fool.
What's the most memorable part of the books for you, and why?
Probably the negotiations between the pirates and the Satrap. I spent the whole Liveships series rooting for Kennit, and I was so happy when he finally got what he wanted, especially when Kennit was just asking for everything under the sun and all the bratty Satrap could do was sit there and sulk while Malta tried to save his pride.
Was there any part of the books that you yawned your way through?
The Farseer Trilogy. I didn’t enjoy it at all, and I’ve pretty much skipped it on subsequent rereads, because I just struggle through it and that's no fun. Also, I haven’t read the serpent-POV parts of Liveships since my first read, because while I can see that they are essential to the storyline, they're dull and I didn't enjoy them.
Which bits kept those pages turning and turning?
The Kennit parts, the Wintrow parts, the Althea parts, the Paragon parts…also anything with the Fool in it.
Who is your favourite pairing?
None of my favourite pairings were completely cannon.
*coughKennit/Wintrowcough* even though it makes me feel guilty because Wintrow's so young. And Kennit/Sorcor for some weird reason. Sorcor puts up with Kennit's rubbish, and they're about as close as Kennit is close to anyone, and he lets Sorcor talk back at him, so my dreadful mind just had to slash them.
Also, Fitz/Fool even though I don’t like Fitz.
But canon...Althea and Brashen. I did want Althea to get together with Kennit, up until Ship Of Destiny, when that pairing actually happened. It was just so opposite to how I imagined them getting together, and after that I just couldn't imagine her doing anything but hating his guts, perfectly justifiably, of course.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Kennit. It’s probably obvious from the rest of the post. He is the best-written character I’ve ever come across, ever. Plus I seem to have a thing for emotionally-damaged characters – Paragon was one of my favourites, too – and Kennit’s backstory made me spend the whole three novels wanting to hug him and make it all better. Plus he was funny, I loved watching him get sarcastic with people, and he was just so easy to pair up with characters he shouldn’t have been with *ahemWintrowahem*. Which was all for the better.
Who is your least favourite character and why?
Probably gonna get some flack for this, but Fitz. He whined all the time, and he was so stupid in terms of the decisions he made, and there was always something wrong with him, and I just didn't link with him on the aw, you poor thing level like I did with Kennit. He wasn't funny either. And he spent way too much time pining after Molly, who I didn’t like either.
In Liveships, it was Igrot. We never actually met him, but I spent the whole time wanting to stab him with a fork for what he put Kennit through.
Or Kyle. But Kyle was a love-to-hate character for me, I didn’t mind reading about him. I just disliked him as a person.
If you could change one thing about the books, what would it be?
I’d stop Kennit dying. That honestly made me cry. I’d just have him make it up with Paragon instead. Although that would probably be far less dramatic and climatic than Her Hobbness’ ending.
Was it a cop out ending?
I think so. I wanted Fitz to end up with the Fool. I really didn’t like Molly in any of the books, but I didn’t like Fitz either, so I guess they go well together. I just wanted the Fool to be happy, and it seemed like him disappearing conveniently so Molly and Fitz could get together was just…bleugh. No.
Know where we can find some good fanworks?
Um, no sorry.
Know of some good websites we all might be interested in?
DeviantArt has a decent collection of Hobb art, and there’s thePlenty.net
Any last words?