Keep in mind that you DID ask for individual opinions on the books.
Because I don't like them and I don't like the direction Halo's overall story and direction have taken. The original books are military science fiction with the hint of mystery told competently by excellent authors who didn't have socio-political axes to grind and performing character assassinations to do it, too far up their own butts to see how terrible they were making the Forerunners by pulling the curtain away, or simply not that great.
Halo has always been military science fiction with the hint of larger mysteries that were always left for the player/reader to draw their own conclusions. It had characters that yes, did monstrous things but with good intentions. It didn't protray the Covenant as a bunch of pants on head aliens or incompetent human officials being needlessly nefarious and mustache twirling for their own good. Or giant meta-physical faster than light constructs because the author was so up his own butt about how creative he could be and no one thought to stop and say 'dude, maybe this is a little much'.
We did not need the Precursors, we did not need the curtain pulled back on the Forerunners, and we definitely didn't need Ancient Humanity. Glimpses were what help make Halo and it's story what it was. There was always the primary story, the human vs Covenant, the drama in humanity's struggle to survive against terrible odds while in the background there was always the hint of something greater at work.
And let's also be honest here. Before 343i got their hands on the franchise and started needlessly complicating the story and, frankly, ruining it by allowing certain authors known for drastically altering characters to suit her own socio-political agendas, most people could grasp the lore of Halo. Even new fans could pick up on it pretty quick without much need to explain it. Now it is so needlessly complex that trying to explain it to old fans, let alone new ones that are not horribly invested in figuring it all out is a exercise in futility before you end up just directing them to Halopedia.
343i has made so many mis-steps with the franchise, the books included and turned Halo into a science fantasy where EVERYTHING has to be explained or blown up to such huge, galaxy spanning proportions. Not to mention artificially inflating the UNSC and weakening the Covenant factions simply so they can have their stupid big ugly ship of destiny fly around while saying "We're the giants now" only four years after a one-sided genocidal war in which the UNSC only survived via a technicality and had for all intents and purposes LOST as it had no more worlds left "Earth is all we have left" and even then Earth was OCCUPIED by a superior force.
You will not convince me of the so-called quality of the books under 343i's direction, not when they've done such a terrible job with the franchise. 343i does not and has NEVER understood Halo.
Remember, you asked and I answered.
Thats quite an answer! Thanks haha.
Got tot disagree respectfully. I love how they took it from just military sci fi - the grind, the power fantasy, the bits of mystery - and blew it wide open. We have military sci fi stories and non-military characters finding their ways. We have young adults learning the hard way of what came, and what they deal with now. We also still have Spartans doing Spartan things. I think the Forerunners and Precursors and Ancient humanity are a great addition. No more mysterious alien who is worshiped by other aliens is constantly under wraps. They have their own levels of depth. Their own universe defining characteristics to add to the games. Not to mention all the philosophy.
Its far more than I imagined a videogame universe of books becoming. There is no way it sticking to the formula of the first four books would keep it fresh. Literally would be the same style of story told over thirty books. By expanding it past what you love, it creates so much variety of storytelling. All that with the gritty military science fiction found in much of it.
So thats my two cents. I do want to add: I have seen a few posts form you in other threads recently. I suggest you not toss out other players' opinions by making your point as clear as you are. You say no one will convince me otherwise is awfully stubborn. How you word responses can
come off wrong. It really just sounds like you won't be a little open to the good parts.
Remember Bungie didn't care so much about the expanded universe. 343 did. Yes, there are certain character choices that are bad. Bad to the point of ridiculous. Same with social political things. I find some of the more recent socio-political drama are both warranted and a bit much.They got lots of criticism for early additions. Just like from Halo 4 and Halo 5. Not all their choices have worked.
They are, in my opinion, allowing the universe to breathe and us to see more. Mystery remains. Only not as much. Sooner or later you have to explain in order to expand.
I like your love for the old lore. Its simple power fantasy we all enjoyed. Re-readable; I might have re-read them at least once or twice growing up. Chief and Blue Team on Reach and Unyielding Hierophant however its spelled.