The Wheel of Time TV Series

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I never actually finished this series, but I found the first 5 or 6 books very compelling. By the 7th I felt it was meandering a bit and I never read any more, intending to come back to it when Jordan finished writing it. Of course, Jordan died before it was completed and Brandon Sanderson (I believe) completed it from his outlines and notes. Honestly, this feels like a much more likely successor to "Game of Thrones" than the Amazon "Lord of the Rings" does. Any fans?

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The fantasy epic is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine believes that one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it. The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, most notably the cyclical nature of time found in Buddhism and Hinduism.
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I'd nearly forgotten about this. Amazon seem to be all in on the Fantasy Series!

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I seem to think I read the first book back when I was in... maybe middle school? I have exactly zero memory of anything in the books, which means I'll probably like the series :rofl:
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We just finished the first book and are getting started on the second. It's not my favorite series by far, but it's kind of interesting in a Tolkien derivative sort of way.

I wonder why the description in the first post says that Moiraine is the one the story follows? It's pretty obvious that Rand is the protagonist in the books.
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Hmm. I would say that Rand is the "hero", but Moiraine is the mover and shaker. Sort of Aragorn vs Gandalf.
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Is that something that becomes apparent in later books? It really seems like 80% of the scenes are done from the point of view of Rand, with the others done from his friends' points of view. I don't recall one of Moirraine at all. I can't go back and check, though, because we are doing audiobooks, of course.

And as far as character equivalencies go, here's how I see it:

Moirraine= Gandalf
Lan= Aragorn
Rand= Frodo
Mat= Merry
Perrin=Pippin
Thom=Tom Bombadil
Padan Fain= Gollum
Myrddraal= Ring Wraiths
trollocs= orcs
Mt. Dhoom = Mt. Doom (OK, a place, not a person- but it was still distracting from the story to have the names the same.)
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I would *NOT* be able to read such a derivative! I’m glad I didn’t try!!
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Maria is trying to show the equivalent archetypes. It really isn't much like LotR at all.
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It's different enough that I can stand to listen to it, but still it's very distracting to have so much be so similar. The two stories are so much alike that towards the end of "Eye of the World" I was saying to my husband, "They've hit every major plot point so far, except an army of the dead." And then.....
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At least Jordan sprinkled plenty of female parts into the tale. Those roles don't twang my "plagiarism!" nerves.
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https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/07/ ... on-series/

First series completed, second series greenlit, and now 3 Prequel Movies announced. Amazon betting big on this.
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Almost seems like they are competing against themselves with this and the LOTR series. But maybe it is like having two Starbucks down the block from each other.
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Yeah, I think most people interested in one will be interested in the other.
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Having never read the books (I was unwilling to start a series that looked like it wouldn't end in my lifetime), I'll be able to watch the video adaptation with no preconceptions. I think it'll be fun!
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I haven’t read the series, either. I don’t remember why I decided not to.

It wasn’t like GoT, where I read the first one and decided to stay far-far away.
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I think I remember it being discussed around the boards, and the reaction was generally unenthusiastic, so I didn't bother.

For those of you that have read it, does the series finish with a satisfactory conclusion?
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I have only read the first 5 or 6 books, which I bought on Honeymoon 25 years ago so I'm hardly an expert, but I enjoyed them at the time. Certainly much better than Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series which was around the same time, around the same number of books, and seemed to steal liberally from Wheel of Time.

I'm looking forward to it because there was enough quality and depth there to justify a major GoT style tv series, and I don't remember enough spoilers. :)
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Jude wrote: Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:10 pm For those of you that have read it, does the series finish with a satisfactory conclusion?
I haven't finished the series, but I do know that Brandon Sanderson wrote the last few books and I'm a Brandon Sanderson fan, so I'm pretty sure I'll like those if I ever get that far.

So, I'm guessing it'll be a satisfactory conclusion.
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Trailer is out

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