Author Christopher Golden answers all!
Last week the PlayStation Access community were given the chance to grill the author of upcoming fan fiction novel, Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth, on all things Uncharted. We put five of the best questions to Christopher Golden, the author of the book which follows the adventures of our favourite daring thief Nathan Drake as he searches for ancient ruins, priceless artifacts, and untold riches.
Caroline Tremble: Do you feel it's easier or more difficult to write for an already constructed fictional world, with defined characters? What were the challenges in writing for Uncharted?
CG: Hi Caroline. The answer to your question is that it's both, really. I love the games and it was easy for me to immerse myself in the characters and their voices and in the lore and history that Naughty Dog have steeped Uncharted in. The game creators' frame of reference has a lot of spillover into my own. I knew a lot of their inspirations before we ever spoke, because many of them are also my inspirations. What was difficult was having the handicap that always comes with media tie-in work, which is that you're not really allowed to change anything or to reveal anything about the lives of the characters that hasn't already been revealed in the games. Since we don't know a lot about Nate and Sully, really, there were strict limits on what I could do with them. It's great to get to play with other people's toys sometimes, but you've got to put them back into the box the same way you found them.
Ben Leslie: Where is this set in the Uncharted series? And does Sully appear in the book?
CG: Yes, Sully is there. I don't think I could write an Uncharted story without Sully in it. Well, maybe I could, but I wouldn't want to. As far as where it's set, we all fet it was important to not nail that down too specifically. It's probably a better question for Amy Hennig, but it's safest to think of it as taking place prior to the first game.
Sarfraz-Nawaz Ibn-Shah Khan: Since all Uncharted stories are based on real life characters and well known myths and legends, what process did you go through to find inspiration for the book and how have you been able to stick to the Uncharted formula of fact blending into fiction?
CG: The best thing about doing research for a project like this is the way you stumble over bits and pieces that all seem to come together serendipitously. Reporters talk about pulling the string and unraveling the ball, or something like that. Following the thread. For THE FOURTH LABYRINTH, I began to do research on a couple of different things that interested me, most especially ancient labyrinths. I'm not going to say anything about what I found, but the way that research led to weird connections with other historical myths and legends and truths made me very happy. I created a lot of the connections myself, but some of them were there already, and all of the things that I was connecting were real.
Christopher McDonald: With the series so immersed in rich historical mysteries and legends, how much of an interest do you hold in history yourself and if so what time period most fascinates you?
CG: In college, I double-majored in European History and Creative Writing, with a minor in Classics. Across the spectrum of my career, you'll find a ton of history in my novels, all the way back to my very first novel, OF SAINTS AND SHADOWS, whose protagonist is a vampire who is also the bastard son of the last emperor of Byzantium. So, you see, this is my wheelhouse. History and folklore and adventure all mixed into one amazing series. As for what time period is most fascinating to me, that's impossible to answer, though of course like so many others I find Victorian England intriguing.
Michelangelo Adebajo: If you had a daughter, would you let Drake date her? :)
CG: God, no, but not for the reasons you'd think. Drake isn't some Lothario. He's a decent guy in a shady line of work. Sure, he flirts, but he's not capricious in relationships. He's pretty sincere. The trouble is that his life is absurdly dangerous. I wouldn't want my daughter in the line of fire.
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