Gerald Morris Message Board
Marion Rowe posts on 3/6/2006 9:03:26 PM
I believe Gerlad Morris is an amazing writer.
He has all of those references to Shakespeare and Sir Thomas Mallory because it's his own private little joke, people. He is making fun of them for himself, and for anyone else who has ever read Shakespeare before. He's not trying to copy them, he's just having a little fun.
If you would like to talk to him, I suggest emailing him. I've emailed him twice already, and he has replied within a day.
SharBidoru posts on 2/21/2006 2:49:05 PM
To the person who wants to write to Mr. Morris, send a letter to his publisher, who is now I believe Houghton Mifflin. They'll send it on to him. It might take a while, but it's possible he'll write back! He wrote back to me, at least. ;-)
I'd have to argue that Morris's work is literary. Very accessible, very funny, and very carefully themed. It does sometimes seem to me as though the theme is often similar, but it's the sort of message a person has to hear a lot. And in any case, there are plenty of variations on it. What's everyone's favorite one of his books?
Mine is The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight. The only book I've ever seen that makes me like Lancelot. And I think in it he hit the perfect balance between humor, pathos, and his growing-up theme. The Lioness I'm also intrigued by. Rhience I like in both his guises, and I adore the Right Holy Hermit of the Hunt. Yvain is my favorite character in legend, and finding him caricatured here was a little painful, but the pain was assuaged by his comments to the effect of 'For someone who was not at all stupid, he did remarkably senseless things...' He's starry-eyed and flawed, but he's good, and smart, and has a conscience. And sometimes people do things that don't seem to be good for them, and people who care can only stand by...
As for the Shakespeare reference -- it drove me crazy until I realized what it was from, so familiar -- and at that point I started loving it. It's a little bonus thrown in for those of us who read Twelfth Night! Morris is clearly a highly educated man, and he's encouraging us to continue our educations as well.
I'd say his major flaws as a writer are time-passage, and, as people here have been noting, the tendency to have certain 'types' of characters appear. And yet, isn't the world filled with certain types?
I recommend his books to any and every who are curious, and just about everyone who takes me up on it adores him.
These are excellent books, and he's a brilliant, accessible writer. Here's hoping he's just at the beginning of a very long career.
Nina posts on 2/12/2006 3:40:33 PM
i want to write to gerald morris and ask him why he wont make a movie on his books. so if anyone has his adress please tell me
DramaticFanatic posts on 2/11/2006 12:05:41 PM
Maybe the Shakespear stuff was put in there as an extra bonus for people who will see it. It's true that the characters are very cliche, but it still makes me laugh.
Burrahobbit posts on 2/8/2006 3:30:43 PM
I don't really like how he has the "smart" characters and the "stupid" characters. I know it's just suposed to be fun, but sometimes his humor doesn't get me. I get it a little more now that I actualy read the original La More D'arthur (and you don't want to get me started ranting about that. I mean honestly, how could so many great books have stemmed out of something so.... so GRRRRRR!)At any rate, yes Rhience is better as a fool than a knight. Even if he does steal direct conversations from Fieste, the greatest fool of all time. Did anyone else notice that? Not only was the tyranical steward named MALVOLus, but there was the whole "Take the fool away" "Did you not hear, take away the lady" I detect some major Shakespearian plagorism here...
Lady posts on 2/5/2006 5:31:40 PM
i don't remember terence that well because i haven't read his books in several years. burrahobbit, do elaborate, what didn't you like about him. i'd say his biggest weakness is perhaps how similar his female characters are. but the lioness one made me laugh a lot. i liked what's-his-face better as a fool though! i can picture a more relish-able transformation from him, and a better sidling into amiability from the girl. oh well.
DramaticFanatic posts on 1/29/2006 3:37:48 PM
I also really love this series. I started it a few years ago, and even though it is a bit of lite read now, I still love them and just finished Lioness. It was really good!
Terence is the absolute coolest character, I love him. There isn't enough of him in the new book!;)
JD QUEEN (JOHN DEER QUEEN) posts on 1/1/2006 3:13:33 PM
Gerald Morris's books are awesome.I love reading them infact I have read each one about 2 or 3 times and the Squire's Tale about 4 time since it is the only one I own.He si a FANTASTIC writer.You guys said their is another coming out?Cool Can't wait
Band Director posts on 12/29/2005 11:38:20 PM
I'm a big fan and have read all of the Squires Tales. I'm anxious for the next book to be published. I had the "Lioness" the day it was published. All of the Squires Tales are well written and very fun to read.
As a school teacher, I recommend these books to the students. The one who actually take my advice and read the "Squire's Tale" come back to read the following series as well.
I hope the next book comes out soon!
chicalista posts on 12/15/2005 3:37:31 PM
His books are soooo much fun to read! I especially love the humor! Aaaah, I think I will read one right now...
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