Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Edgar Rice Burroughs - Highly Imaginative Fantasy Books
What an imagination he had. 140 years old today, I believe.
His books were amazing in their day and surprisingly easy to read today. I loved the Mars series and his imagination knew no bounds. There was usually a theme, guy meets girl, girl gets abducted and guy spends novel trying to rescue her. However, there was some seriously good imagination in all his books. Tree creatures with blood sucking hands, giant white apes, creatures morphed form separate head and a body creatures.
Tarzan was a great creation and spawned many, many films. Yet the book is far better than any film and so far the film industry has failed to recreate the magic of the books.
Of the recent John Carter film...one reviewer said that he'd seen it all before and there was nothing new. Edgar R Burroughs wrote this book in the early 1900s, well before modern fantasy authors were even born. ERB must have had a hand in the birth of the fantasy genre. To say his work had nothing new is a travesty and lacks understanding of these epic books.
Great books...and so many to chose from.