We have all books we love that could have been just a little bit better. Plenty of time and energy has been wasted on arguing over how to improve an existing work of art. Marlon James, the Macalester College professor and Man Booker-winning author of A History of Seven Killings, has been there. He told a magazine that:
I realized how sick and tired I was of arguing about whether there should be a black hobbit in Lord of the Rings.
So what is James going to do about it? He’s writing his own multi-part fantasy series set in Africa. He calls it “an African Game of Thrones“:
African folklore is just as rich, and just as perverse as that shit. We have witches, we have demons, we have goblins, and mad kings. We have stories of royal succession that would put Wolf Hall to shame. We beat the Tudors two times over…
The first book will be called Black Leopard, Red Wolf. Watch for it.
And in the meantime, take James’s advice: If you see something that needs to be written, why not write it?