Life sometimes feels like a constant uphill struggle, doesn’t it? I would love it if it didn’t…
So I started reading The Belgariad yet again. It has to be at least the 5th time I’ve read the whole first 5 books comprising the Belgariad written by David Eddings.
The story takes place is that ever-present timeframe known as Ren Fair, but the real charms of the story, which it has in spades, are the characters. Each one is fun to read, fun to learn more about and just a delight to see interact with each other. The hero, Garion, is likeable intelligent and just a cutie. I hate stories and movies in which I can’t relate to the heroes simply because they continuously make poor decisions. I’m sorry, but if I think the character’s a moron, I don’t care what happens to them. It’s why I feel the way I feel about Spiderman, but I won’t get into that right now, that’s for another blog post. 😀
I think reading it as a young teen certainly helped shape my love for the fantasy genre. I know I’ve drawn inspiration from its characters and settings throughout my life. It helped me remember that the heroes of these stories are people, and should act like people. No matter how grand and important a person becomes, they’re still that person underneath all the glory. It’s so easy to wash out a character and make them flawless, or so flawed that you wonder how they even make the bed in the morning without killing themselves. A person is always a mix of these things. Never a complete sinner, never a complete saint.
At least in stories. There are people in this world that seriously make me wonder, but they’re the exception, and far from the rule.
My only criticism of the Belgariad, apart from the occasional plot hole and suchlike is that his women are straaange. The author obviously didn’t understand women and perceived or at least portrayed them as fickle creatures of great power over all men and practically no emotional barriers. He certainly doesn’t portray women as weak, or governed by their emotions all the time, but certainly as strange creatures who’s brain is unfathomable. His women are certainly powerful, and rarely are the damsels in distress. Seeing the tiny little Ce’Nedra lead the whole of the Western armies into war is one of the most memorable parts of the five-book series.
The Belgariad continues into the Mallorean book, but I hardly ever re-read that. I like where the Belgariad ends and am good with that, although the Mallorean has some great characters, like Velvet. 😀 Another awesome strong chick.
If you’ve never read it, give it a shot!
The doodle to the right is a scene from the second book, and I really thought it was cute. Garion never gets to give her his answer as he gets interrupted by a travelling companion, and as much as he loves Durnik, he wants to throttle him in that instant. xD