Well good questions. letsee here
Been a Conan fan for a number of years now yet my whole fan base is on the movie CTB.? Since I've never read any of REH work it the only incarnation of Conan I have to go off.
Just wondering is anyone else in the forum in the same boat as me?
I keep telling myself I will get round to getting a copy but being my last year at uni time is limited for non uni reading.? But I will get hold of copies.?
Will my image of Conan be destroyed or enhanced?
Did anyone get into Conan via the movie then read the books?
If so does Millius's Conan still stick in the mind or is REH Conan a much stronger character?
Still WHEN I do read REH the picture in my minds eye of Conan will be Arny.
I came from the movies first, then the Decamp edited howard and pastiches (paperback compilation books), to the newer Tor pastiches (Paperback novels), to Howards original Conan. I have only a few Comics of Conan.
I love all versions mostly. although there are somethings that one might have that the others do not that I like or dislike.
It would be very worth your while if you are a fan of the genre (and the movie Conan for that matter) to take up reading the books. I highly recommend exploring where the character came from with Howard, then reading the pastiches, comics, etc and see what others have added/detracted from this original concept. It has been an interesting experience to me. I sometimes see Arnold as Conan but I like Frazettas paintings (on the covers of the old compilation/edited versions) very much too. I also love Howard's description of his character. I have combined them in my head so to speak.
Sure, the novels are the starting point, but every other take on the character are worth watching for what they are : vision and interpretation of our Cimmerian hero. And thus, reading the novel will give you another view on the character....
......And so, if you like Conan, you'll surely enjoy reading more adventures from him. Sure, you'll see differencies, but that's what fun to see, feel and enjoy when you look the legacy of a character that have become an icon. In any case that's what I like.
I got into Conan from the movie.? .......? I think, if you are open-minded enough, you can enjoy both variations.? It depends on what you like about Conan, as to whether the books will be better.? .............Regardless, you will take what you will from the stories.? Don't be swayed by ANY opinions you read here.? Judge them yourself.? That's the only way you can enjoy them.
Edited by grim cimmerian, 08 November 2005 - 02:32 AM.