9:13 AM PDT, October 5, 2007
Since these comments of mine were received favorably on the Amazon.com fantasy discussion thread "CAPPING OFF THE LONG-RUNNING, UNREMITTING, OVERWORKED SERIES" (caps NOT mine), I will include them here, for diversion's sake. No particular author is singled out, my observations are strictly general, etc.:
Writer creates unicorn, who has many interesting adventures. Readers flock to marvel at this new and fascinating creature.
Unicorn, fattened by adulation, morphs into cash cow.
Cash cow begins meandering aimlessly, tolerated by the faithful but an irritation to those who believe the purpose of the cow is to be eaten, digested and done with, next unicorn please.
Cash cow continues to meander and becomes an irritation to the faithful, some of whom consider seeking another unicorn.
Unicorn is ultimately remembered only as a cash cow, save by a few of the remaining faithful who recall its glorious early days with a nostalgic sigh.