I'm not exactly entirely sure how I was inspired to write a post about this. Perhaps it's something that's been stewing in my head since those disastrous STAR WARS prequels made their way into my life a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. Or maybe it was because a friend of mine on twitter happened to say she hopes I get struck by lightning to gain some inspiration. Maybe that "magical" bolt of lightning was the inspiration.
Or maybe it's just my extreme frustration as a nerd.
Now the point of this "nerd rant" is to discuss the true purpose behind introducing the source of a magic. Is this something that should be attempted, or something that should be left to the imagination of the reader? Has there ever been a time when the explanation of magic has even been, how can I put it, NOT CRAP?
Allow me to bring forward exhibit 'A' in my rant, and something that has caused foul language to spew forth from my mouth like the aftermath of three day old sushi binge fest.
But, the brilliantly absurd Mr. George Lucas decided to take it one step further. And what step was that? Why, this of course.
"Midi-chlorians are a microscopic life form that resides within all living cells." - Qui-Gon Jinn
Well, now that's just lovely. Now instead of it just being a mystical energy, anyone who has the force has weird critters living in them allowing them to shoot lightning from their finger tips and force push people off cliffs. THANKS, CRAZY AMOEBAS! Seriously - was this necessary? Did this expand the universe, or just make it take a right turn into the crap heap?
But here's my point - there was never need for a retarded explanation of the source of magic in Tolkiens world. Well, not an explanation that is like George Lucas' midi-chloriwhatthefuck. It's a given. It's a fantasy world. There's magic. Done.