I stumbled upon some interesting information this past weekend: The author and screenwriter of Dances with Wolves, Michael Blake, has written a follow-up novel and is currently working on a screenplay adaptation for it. The Holy Road (2004), another epic tale, picks up where John Dunbar (Dances with Wolves), Stands with a Fist, Three Bears, Wind in His Hair, Kicking Bird and Smiles A Lot left off — deep in struggles with the white man in an effort to save the Sioux way of life.
I have to admit to having mixed feelings about this development. While a part of me is seriously interested in buying this book, another part shrinks at the thought of reading the kind of novel Blake must bring to the table – one of struggle upon struggle, of terror and eventual diminishment for the Sioux. Really, do I want to sign up for such an unhappy story, regardless of how beautifully it may be written or its promise to reunite me with beloved characters? Or am I just brainwashed by the Cinderella Syndrome with its promise of happily ever after? What does an author owe readers, anyway? [Read more…]