Talk:Terry Brooks

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It was my understanding that he also did the screenplay for Hook, no?

Concerned citizen


The concept of different races working together against a dark lord is not a new plot. Brooks has been considered to be a modern day Tolkien, because his writings are very similar, but hardly plagarism.

  • "The concept of different races working together against a dark lord is not a new plot." -- I'd be interested in hearing of pre-Tolkien examples of this, from the original poster (page history says it's ), or from anyone else. -- 01 November 2005
  • Well if thats the case, hundreds of authors would be accused of plagarism. Perhaps George Lucas and his Star Wars movies is nothing but plagarism because his concept is of different races uniting against a dark force.--Jason Fox 14 December 2005
  • The similarities run deeper than that. A quiet young man and his plucky companion set out on a quest to defeat a returning evil by use of an ancient talisman; in both books, the enemy has been powerful twice before, and his attempt to rise a third time is thwarted by the band of heroes. The plot is literally the same. A small party sets out from the quiet village Shady Vale/The Shire in search of the wizard Allanon/Gandalf (who started their quest in the beginning), stop in a medium-sized city (Leah/Bree - hmm, I never even noticed the rhyme) run into an ancient and inexplicable old man (The King of the Silver River/Old Tom Bombadil), then proceed on, slowed by spirits/Ringwraiths until they at last reach a haven of peace and power (Culhaven/Rivendell) where a team is assembled from different races, sets off on a mission, travels at length to the ancient Paranor/Moria, where the fellowship breaks and the two original characters set out on their own to defeat the Warlock Lord/Sauron while the others go help out in the wars the enemy is initiating all over. The main questers then defeat the Warlock Lord/Sauron with the help of the repulsive Orl Fane/Gollum who is really more interested in the Sword/the Ring than helping them out. I really don't understand what Terry Brooks was thinking. It's one thing to be mildly derivative, but it's quite another to borrow a book's plot and characters wholesale and then sprinkle in some minor changes. - Batkins 02:38, 12 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Don't forget the part where the main character must battle a giant techno-spider/giant spider. And, his location is revealed whenever he uses the Elfstones/Ring of Power. There is a "difference", though. Shannara takes place on Earth, thousands of years in the future, whereas LoTR takes place on Earth, thousands of years in the past. I almost see the need for a comparisons article. --Philipacamaniac 08:56, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
  • I think we should remove the paragraph about Sword's plot similarities to LOTR from this page for two reasons. First, it is discussed in detail in the Sword of Shannara page. Second, Brooks has written dozens of novels, and if this is an issue that needs to be in the opening paragraphs of his Wikipedia biography, then we need to cite legitimate references that show that this was a major and important controversy for its time. I don't deny that there are many, many similarities, but again, is this opening paragraph information? If so, cite the sources. I would like delete it soon unless there are major objections. --sraan 2 July 2006
  • Although I agree that there are many similarites, it apparently is far enough removed that it isn't plagarism because the book has been selling all over the world for over 30 years. By now, someone would have had the money and talent to sue for plagarism and if it was indeed, then it would have won in the courts and there would be no Shannara. Terry Brooks was clearly influenced by Tolkien when he wrote his first book, but since the Sword of Shannara he has paved his own fantasy stories and style in all of his books, enough so that he can now stand on his own.-- (talk) 04:45, 1 February 2008 (UTC)
                • NO!, it is pure plagiarism just like J.K. Rowling. Not an original thought between them.-- (talk) 05:05, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Planned Works[edit]

Terry Brooks's website has a list of future projects with a timetable, only some of which appears here. Would it be good to add the others? Parableman 18:26, 5 July 2007 (UTC)

I would say no, per WP:CRYSTAL. Terry simply changes his mind too often. However, we could certainly include that link. The Evil Spartan 21:05, 5 July 2007 (UTC)[edit]

I went to his official web page today,, and it apparently isn't there anymore. It seems to now be hosted by one of those generic cyber sitting web sites. What happened to his domain? I checked the whois info on it and it says it was leased in 1999 until 2015. This doesn't make any sense to me.-- (talk) 04:48, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

"Second biggest selling fantasy author"[edit]

The claim cant be true:

"He is the second-biggest selling living fantasy writer, behind J.K. Rowling.[1]"

On Terry Pratchetts page you can read:

"Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s,[4][5] and as of December 2007 has sold more than 55 million books worldwide,[6] with translations made in 33 languages.[7] He is currently the second most-read writer in the UK, and seventh most-read non-US author in the US.[8]"

Both cant be true at the same time.

Gomez (talk) 10:24, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

How not? That is just talking about Pratchett in the UK. That sentence about Brooks is talking about the entire world. :) However, if you are willing to look into article this deep, would you like to create an account and help us out here? Cheers, —Ed 17 (Talk / Contribs) 23:22, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
*coughing* if one fantasy author is selling 21 million books and the other is selling 55 million, who is selling more?
Therefore I decided to take the passage "second-biggest selling living" out.
oh, and about that account. Maybe sometime in the future. At the moment I just want to help out sporadically. (talk) 20:48, 15 December 2008 (UTC)

Yep, that claim was untrue. He hasn't sold as many as Pratchett, JK Rowling or Stephen King, which pushes him to fourth position. Stephanie Meyer has also allegedly sold more, and he's about neck-and-neck with Terry Goodkind, David Eddings and Margeret Weis & Tracy Hickman. So no, Brooks has sold massively but he's not in the superleague that the original article tried to put him in.--Werthead (talk) 14:46, 4 February 2009 (UTC)

Film adaptation[edit]

It looks like nothing is really in motion to make a Brooks movie according to his newsletter [1], so I removed the film adaptation section. The adaptation by Mike Newell that was specifically referencing in the section is not happening. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:33, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

Terry Brooks ? My favorite writer of the fantasy genre. He is better than Tolkien. I have read all 22 of his books. Hello from Italy. -- (talk) 10:53, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Good source[edit]

[2] Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:33, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ "Studio plans Shannara film series". BBC News. 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2008-09-07.