The Eye of Argon is a legendary work of bad fiction (you don’t have to trust me, just read a page or two), but we have to be fair: its author did not try to publish it, didn’t try to tell the world that it was the greatest work of fantasy ever, and didn’t brag about his book and movie deals.
That modesty is not a property of Gloria Tesch, author of the Maradonia Saga, a series I was introduced to just this past weekend. It may not be as badly written as Eye of Argon (although it comes close), but the ego of the author is astonishing.
The book has a trailer. A very badly acted and unbelievably staged trailer.
Note that this is an entirely self-published, vanity project. I can’t imagine that any publisher would want to be associated with it. But hey, how about Hollywood? They’ll buy the rights to the grandest crapola.
Nope. However, the Tesch family is making a movie, directed by her father, Gerry Tesch, who has no film making credentials at all, as you can tell just by watching a bit of it.
So they’ve got a movie in the works, a 3400 page fantasy series, and, most importantly, lawyers who will avidly go after anyone who criticizes their delusion. They’ve tried to shut down some, but the hilarious dismantlings go on.
It’s kind of sad, actually. She seems to have ambition and persistence, which is good, but it’s all coupled to a major inability to accept criticism…so her writing will never improve.