Thursday, June 4, 2009
Book Extra's and Add On's
I'm just throwing it out there, but do any of you like extras in book's? As in glossary's, map's, illustration's, chapter logo's, dramatis personae section's and anything else of that nature?
I do, so long as the illustrations live up to the work (or vice versa) map's so long as they give a better feel for the story at large and are not ridiculous blobs of ink with even more ridiculous sounding place names (I'm talking to you, Terry Brooks)
I definitely like chapter logo's if they are unique, the best example I can think of at the moment is Robert Jordan's, Wheel of Time series, on the down side of that sometimes you know you are going to read a chapter about a lame character like Nynaeve (she sucks the life out of anything good) Lan should have his own books!
With a book that has as many characters as I have I do think Dramatis Personae section's and glossary's help. As a kid I fell in love with the Tolkien glossary's and I am strongly leaning towards including one if the Publisher will allow it. I am getting a map too, but that's a controversial subject and I am worried it may be better not to have one, than have one I don't approve of-but we'll see.
So what do you, the readers of refined taste think?