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  1. I'd say...both? There's definitely foreshadowing built in, but let's mine Rothfuss for easter eggs has become such a thing that people are undertaking breathtaking levels of mental gymnastics to convince themselves they discovered something.
  2. I can't source it, but I see it repeated all the time.
  3. Absolutely. Leak didn't need to come from there though. Could have come from the publisher, for example. While Rothfuss doesn't update us, presumably there is a circle of people (Publishers, Lionsgate, etc) who are in the know about how things are coming along.
  4. There was a rumor that circulated a while back that the feedback from his beta readers on the ending was not good at all. If true, this is a tidy explanation for the massive delays. All of the foreshadowing and easter eggs make it [as you pointed out] difficult to pull together in the first place, but if you have to change the ending....
  5. Of course not, just pointing out that when you're a rich white guy in America, it's really easy for complaints about how tough you have it to come off as obnoxious. And yeah, fame and success add pressure. But he's complicit in that. No one made him do a TV and movie and video game adaption etc etc etc. He chose to do all those things. He has plenty of money. He could easily choose to live his life the way he says he yearns to: more time with his kids, less responsibilities. My sympathy is extremely limited here.
  6. Having thought about it, I think what rankles me the most is the "woe is me" fishing for complements he does. That's not to say rich and famous people can't have problems - of course they can. But there are lots of people out there who have very similar problems who don't have the benefit of a loving family, financial means, tons of adoring fans, etc. I find his public complaints about how tough he has it...unbecoming, and somewhat of an affront to the people who have it much tougher and lack the advantages he has. As my grandmother frequently said, it's important to take a break while feeling sorry for yourself to count your blessings. PS - If I have to hear him say once more about how much happier he was when he had less responsibilities, I'm going to scream. HE IS THE PERSON WHO IS ADDING ALL OF THESE EXTRA THINGS TO HIS PLATE. Stop choosing to add responsibilities when you've determined it makes you unhappy, dipshit.
  7. I hear you. It's almost as if Sanderson said to himself, "I'm going to write a 10,000 page story!" without bothering to stop and think if his story required 10,000 pages to tell.
  8. It won't just be Odium. He'll get defeated/marginalized and someone else will rise to take his place. My real concern is character development. We're now three books into Kaladin beating him self up because he can't save everyone. I'm not sure how much more brooding about it he can do before it becomes a joke like Jordan's braid tugging.
  9. @IllusiveMan I think you're spot on in so many ways here.I caught myself skimming as I read,and that's never a good sign.
  10. Sure, but why saddle her with that trope? Sanderson struggles with characterization, and this is a tool in his toolbox that's a bad one that he uses too often. His attempt to write sexual tension between Kaladin and Shallan falls miserably flat because it's just "lets have them say mean things to each other because secretly they like each other". What are they, 12 years old? Sheeesh. EDIT: Bottom line, it's an unnecessary add that diminishes Shallan and cheapens the story by making it read like fanfic. (If you couldn't tell, I'm not a fan of this.)
  11. This. He needs to be reined in, but it may just be at this point he's to big to control. MASSIVE amounts of the Dalinar flashbacks could have been pruned. Yes, he did bad things in the past and it haunts him. WE GET IT. It's ok for things to happen off-screen. And while I'm complaining, why do Sanderson's female characters have to be torn between being in love with two people? He leans on this trope too hard, and it reduces what should be strong female leads to absurd levels. Men deal with saving the world, women spend their time trying to decide which man they like the best. Ugh. /rant
  12. Couldn't agree more. I'm mystified why people buy things like this. But then again, I'm sure there's plenty of stuff I buy that causes others to scratch their heads.
  13. I'm too dumb to quote in multiple blocks like that. As far as frozen out, they used to get the updates, now they don't. Through no fault of their own. Feels unfair to me. YMMV. I think you're minimizing the amount authors discussed to make your point. In any case, it hardly matters because many authors do it now, and that's become the new standard that everyone is held to. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree about the satisfaction trolls get and the frequency at which they comment. Rothfuss complains about it on his twitch feed all the time. But, as you said, "regularly" is open to interpretation. As for your last point, I think all you're really saying is that you don't value them. Which is fine! But other people clearly do. Cheers
  14. OK, in order: 1. "Frozen out" doesn't imply entitlement. I don't know where you're getting that. 2. I'm not sure fans getting direct information from authors is that recent at all. SciFi authors have been going to cons for decades and relaying exactly that sort of information. What's different now is social media, and the ability for more fans to get that information, albeit not face to face. 3. Of course it it the author's right not to give any updates. 4. If there were zero communication from the author, what you say about the trolls not getting what they want would be true. But that's not the case. Authors like Martin and Rothfuss regularly comment about how people being mean impacts them and their actions. This is the response internet bullies are looking for. 5. As for what fans get out of updates, I think that's an individual question. But I think the fact that SO many people are asking and want them is prima facie evidence that they have value.
  15. Of course he did. People are assholes, and there will always be dissatisfied people no matter what you do. If comes down to a choice for the author about how they decide to interact with their fans. Do they: (a) Continue to treat people the way they'd want to be treated, recognize that there will always jerks, and try to rise above the internet trolls, or... (b) Let a vocal asshole minority dictate the sort of relationship they're going to have with their fandom by responding to the internet trolls and setting up an antagonistic dynamic. In this case, the 95% of nice respectful fans get treated in a way they don't deserve (frozen out) and the assholes get exactly what they want: attention, and an indication they're getting under the author's skin.