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Books / Re: How has your views on WoT characters changed over the years?
« on: January 30, 2008, 04:24:24 PM »
I really don't agree with moving this topic.  Its an issue Brandon brought up on his own blog.  Wouldn't it make sense to discuss it in the Brandon Sanderson forum?  Plus, he's made more than one post about it and he is finishing the Wheel of Time, like it or not to those fans/friends of his, some of whom obviously don't seem to like that fact.

As for characters who have changed my feelings about them, there are several, but the boys especially.

Rand:  Started as sympathetic, but his close minded nature makes him less likeable.  Of course, it could be the taint changing his personality along with the stress of leadership, so I'm willing to cut him some slack.

Mat:  Gone from my least favorite of the boys, to my favorite character period.  He did his best to shirk responsibility in the beginning, but the transformation for me took place in the fifth book.  It wasn't until we got into the later books when Mat was readily accepting responsbility that I noticed thats where the change in attitude started happening.  He still had immature moments in book five, but from book six foward, he's the best.

Perrin:  Almost the opposite of Mat, but can't stand him now.  He has become too whiny for my taste.  He's no longer the slow thinking, deliberate acting person.  Before he was almost like Loial, the gentle giant.  Faile has brought out the worst in him.  Now he almost loses his temper as fast as Rand, and without the taint to blame.  When I re-read the series now, I now have future knowledge of what he's going to do, and it makes it more frustrating to read him early.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:21:46 AM »
fine bruce, i won't

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 17, 2007, 03:24:58 AM »
I have to agree about the sexuality aspect of the books.  Its perhaps the one thing that maybe won't and can't transfer between certain authors writing styles.  If I read Min's vision of Aviendha correctly in Winter's Heart, Aviendha is going to have quadruplets with Rand being the father.  Since she isn't pregnant now, that pretty much means she has to have sex with Rand in the future, and is perhaps the remanent of the remanent of the Aiel that shall be saved.  It is most likely the reason the Wise Ones were so insistent that Aviendha start sleeping in the same room as Rand.   Even so, its not as though Robert Jordan went into such explicit details that it can't be mentioned in the books.  In Far Snows in Fires of Heaven where Rand loses his virginity most likely with Aviendha, it wasn't as though he described their couple hour romp in the sex igloo.  The Far Snows Dance written online a year or so later did that, and it got through threatened with legal action and was taken down.  It is mentioned, but never described, so I hope that Brandon will continue to mention sexual occurances, even though he doesn't have to describe them.  I think certain children from these couplings are fufilling a few prophecies so have to take place.  If all of a sudden Aviendha shows up pregnant without at least a mention of Rand spending a few hours alone with her, that will be a little disappointing.

But as to that, I think all the WoT transfers to this board need to lay off what should be and what shouldn't be in the books.  RJ left an outline and notes.  Brandon's job is to flesh it out.  I know he said Perrin is his favorite character and looks forward to finishing out his story.  I can say that Mat went from being my least favorite to most favorite character over the life of the series and look forward to his expanded role in the Seanchan Empire.  The fact is, Brandon has been entrusted to the series, so Brandon shall write the series, and no amount of pleading would have swayed RJ, so there is no reasong to sway Brandon.  He has done a masterful job on his others books, and I've enjoyed reading Elantris and Mistborn.  Took me a day for each in my days off work, and look forward to reading Well of Ascension once I get my next day off.  Keep up the good work Brandon, and have fun with this.  Hopefully your other book sales have skyrocketed over this news announcement.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 12, 2007, 08:40:20 AM »
Just finished Elantris after buying the book last night.  For all other WoTers out there, buy it and read it.  Its great, and I haven't even started Mistborn yet, which Brandon says is his better work.  Look forward to getting involved in that as well.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:34:01 AM »
Thats ok.  You can only get better as you go along.  Look forward to starting on Elantris, thanks.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 11, 2007, 07:19:55 AM »
Hey, first time here.  Just wanted to say congrats on being tabbed to finish the series.  I went right out and bought my local barnes and noble out of your books for myself and to give to other friends who are fans of the series.  I look forward to getting familiar with your work and look forward to seeing you finish the series.  Good luck with everything.  Should I read Elantris or Mistborn first btw?  I think I will start Elantris tonight.

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