In college I had a part time job as a security guard, which meant hours upon hours of sitting around not doing a single thing. My boss at the time suggested I check out Robert Jordan’s Wheel Of Time series. I wasn’t, and am still not, a huge fan of the fantasy genre but since my boss and a few of the people I worked with were reading the series I decided to give it a try. About half way through the first book I was hooked and it felt like the first time I had discovered the combination of peanut butter and jelly, but to keep with a horrible analogy by book six I suddenly became allergic to peanut butter.
I believe Wheel Of Time suffered from something I like to call, “Holy Shit These People Really Like My Series And I Am Making A Lot Of Money, But I Only Planned For This To Be About Four Books Long, So I Guess I Better Spread The Story Along So I Can Make A Bunch More Books -itis“. The first3-4 books were great and seemed to come to a logical conclusion until suddenly the big evil turned out NOT to be the big evil because there was a bigger evil!
With each story more characters were introduced and for some reason we had to follow their storylines until you could go through an entire book and realize that the “main character” had only accomplished the equivalent of finishing his morning coffee and then the story was over.
Also the author Robert Jordan LOVED his descriptions. So much so that pages would go by where the only thing the reader was doing is reading the description of the room and what everyone was wearing.
Robert Jordan unfortunately died before he could finish the Wheel Of Time series but I was told that someone is finishing for him. I cannot say for certain because I jumped off the Wheel Of Time train a long time ago.
I can understand if it seems as if I am being mean and hateful, because I am. I felt like this series had a ton of promise and could have been something great, but that greatness careened off a cliff never to be seen again. I use this series as a prime example of knowing the story you want to tell and doing it in a timely manner. Not doing so can take a great story and turn it into crap, and then pouring that crap onto the heads of your dedicated fans.
Bitching and complaining over……………for now
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