Is it time to repackage the Conan Books? Aug 17, 2019 7:17:13 GMT -5
Post by linefacedscrivener on Aug 17, 2019 7:17:13 GMT -5
"But, I think there is an obvious problem with the Del Rey Conan books; they're kinda inaccessable to the average reader, unless you're a fan of REH or Conan. I know that's partially the point of the Del Rey volumes, but there's an awful lot of clutter (please excuse the word) with the essays, fragments, synopsis' and even the spot illustrations at times can be off putting to the average reader. I think it's about time to repackage the Conan books.
"Here's some suggestions..."
I like all of these suggestions as I think it is the Lancer/Ace series meets the purist Del Rey/Wandering Star series . . . kind of the best of both worlds. And, yes, you can never stop repackaging Conan because by publishing Conan anew, it helps capture a new audience. This is why Tarzan, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes, among others, are still being repackaged and published every now and then.
Here is an additional idea of which I was wondering what others might think.
When a character enters into popular culture, has an established canon, and a good volume of pastiche books, it is often the case an annotated edition is produced (not the cheap knock offs out there that are often labeled "annotated"). The idea would be for "The New Annotated Conan: The Complete Stories," something akin to the award-winning Sherlock Holmes annotated series:
The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Short Stories
The annotations could include explanations, cross-references to other canon stories, historical notes, etc. The more I read, the more I see these types of articles on the Conan stories are out there, so I think the time is ripe to collect these all into an annotated series. As an annotated series is generally for those who have already experienced the canon, so this would not negate the need for a new series like the one described, just one more way to experience the Conan canon.