Scarlet is the second book in Stephen Lawhead's Dominion Trilogy.
This series intrigues me. It is the story of Robin Hood (Will Scarlet), the famed myth made famous by Hollywood. Lawhead has built the story around Celtic Mythology, which gives an immediate romantic ambiance, as well as a rich historic setting to draw from. Sound like a good medieval fantasy to you? It does to me.
Mythological characters make for great stories. Besides the obvious King Arthur tales which have been done many times over, there is an enormous amount of other legends to be re-told...rediscovered.
Hollywood has taken advantage of many of these for obvious reasons. The stories are fascinating, and the historical contexts rich. Yet, Hollywood rarely takes its viewers into these characters with any real depth, and that my friends is where the world of books comes in. Robin Hood has been exhausted in the movies, but in books, he has hardly been explored at all. I feel there is no comparison to the experience of the two mediums: novel and movie. Books take us farther, teach us more, and dig deeper into the emotions than most movies are able to achieve. And that's why I'm excited about this series.
One other comparison comes to mind: the legend of Beowulf. Though done again and again in Hollywood recently, the movies haven't compared to the richness of the novels I've read on both Beowulf, and of the monster, Grendel. Michael Crichtons, Eaters of the Dead tells the Beowulf legend through the eyes of an Arabic royal. And in Grendel, written by John Gardner, we have a chance to view the world through the monsters eyes. Anyone who reads this vivid, tragic tale of a creature who longs to be human, can't help but be moved with both compassion. These are examples of how a "legendary" character can come to life in the imagination.
Robin Hood's story, as portrayed by so many movies, (black and white, and more recent ones) have only taken us so far. Stephen Lawhead wants to take us further...
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