Jebus wrote:Kill Devil Hill wrote:Gravity Defier wrote:waffleman wrote: Bean's view does not introduce us as much as brings a whole new angle to the story of Ender and his biggest moment in life.
No. It completely retcons the entire character of Ender, making him into some helpless idiot who gets by on Bean's behind the scenes intelligence. More or less.
Which is partly the reason I rank ES so low in my standings. Most of Ender's huge accomplishments were, apparently, only because of some action Bean takes.
I think you're gonna fit in well here.
You don't think Ender could have successfully commanded an army of vets?
The revelations about Bean in ES doesn't really diminish Ender as a hero. For one thing, Andrew Wiggin didn't have to listen to Bean, but he would be an idiot not to listen. So Ender should get credit for that. Second, I believe Bean dreaded the idea of taking Ender's place at Command School because he didn't think he could do what Ender did. Third, and most importantly, Bean's intelligence , and possibly his place in Battle School,was the result of genetic manipulation, while Ender's was God-given.