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    WHEEL OF TIME officially optioned for television

    Well, considering in this thread alone fans are already talking excitedly about what material should be cut/condensed, I think having too much of Wheel of Time would be disappointing to most book fans. Hey, we all like our Wheel of Time, but despite all the good stuff it had to offer it was a deeply flawed series. I see one of two things happening in the most ideal circumstance where the network that broadcasts it goes all the way and the show isn't prematurely cancelled. 1) It gets the serious adaptation, and the show runners try to be as faithful as they can to the material. In this case it will not exceed 100 episodes, and almost certainly will be in the range of 70-90 episodes. 2) It goes to a channel that embraces the "more is more" philosophy, and it gets like 22-26 episodes a season. These channels don't give a shit about quality programming and there's basically no chance that they'll be faithful to the material. It will get the Legend of the Seeker treatment, where you have more episodes, but they basically have nothing to do with the books. No chance at all, however successful the show turns out to be, that it's faithful and manages to be more than 100 episodes. If you're pinning your hopes on 150 episodes or more, then I think you might as well let yourself accept that the show will disappoint you.
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    WHEEL OF TIME officially optioned for television

    They could certainly make the show as long as they want to, for sure. They don't need to spin their wheels and add filler because they can take as much of the filler from the books as they desire. Although they would probably opt to put in their own filler instead. Anyway, this turning out to be anything more than a loose adaptation would be shocking, and it's almost assured not to get the kind of reception GoT has, just based on the type of story it is. People have complained about Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones taking too many deviations, but I'm pretty sure those have been the most faithful to the source material by far. Look at what happened to Legend of the Seeker and Shannara Chronicles, for instance. If Wheel of Time gets the sort of faithfulness that Game of Thrones has it will be a small miracle. At any rate, the novels are remarkable in the way things fit together so well, and the painstaking plotting that RJ did, but no one can accuse the story of WoT of transcending the generic fantasy story. All the stuff that gives Game of Thrones acclaim - multidimensional characters, a deep plot of intrigue, the white-knuckled uncertainty of where things are headed, the exploration of the nature of power - none of these things apply to Wheel of Time. It's a straightfoward story that we've essentially already seen in the likes of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Still, I do hope for the best, despite how stacked the odds are against this show seeing more than two seasons and actually being decent.
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    WHEEL OF TIME officially optioned for television

    They wouldn't need to have at least 200 episodes. They could probably get away with 80-90 episodes. Maybe less. The books are long and numerous, but quite a bit of it involves characters pointlessly dilly-dallying around. They could probably cut Crossroads of Twilight out entirely and not miss a beat. A Song of Ice and Fire may have a smaller word count, but it has much more substance in the writing. That's not to say Martin doesn't put in a good amount of filler in his books; but it's nowhere near to the extent Robert Jordan did.
  4. Hey,


    Just wanted to say your posts in the Stannis thread were excellent. I really enjoyed them

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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Yes, and he goes on to express that games, by virtue of their format, are incapable of producing the quality storytelling that books do. I guess he comes from the literary Roger Ebert school of thought. Don't get me wrong, I'm not upset by his opinion. Every storytelling medium has its limits, and it's fine if the limits of one medium are far preferably to you than others. But when you state it as though it's an objective truth, and go on to talk about precedence of excellence and influence your own books have set while attempting to diminish the influence of the adaptive version, it comes off as arrogant. And the author is very blunt with his opinion, which exacerbates matters.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I'm guessing we're both using his recent interview about the games as context for our opinions. I'm not going to quote specific parts of the interview because I'm using my phone, but it seemed to me the author was praising the praise of the gameplay and graphics the game received and was extremely dismissive of of a game's ability to tell a story. Which is why he very emphatically rejected the game's story as having any connection to his own, not even in a spiritual sequel sense. My impression was that he viewed the game as grossly inferior fan fiction wrapped up in highly praised graphics and gameplay, and his own books as an awesome untouchable cornerstone of the literary world.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    It is true. The author himself has a hilariously supercilious attitude about the games. He apparently, like Goodkind, perceives his work as Important Literature and above such vulgar things as entertainment for its own sake.
  8. I give this a nine. My one problem with this episode is I felt the excitement of the climax was deflated somewhat by some hinkey CG. Actually I have another problem, that being Done. An anticlimax to an underwhelming plotline. Everything else was great. Episode for episode, I'd rank the seasons in this order: 4,1,3,5,2. Which is remarkable because I felt that books 4 and 5 were a significant depreciation in quality, whereas I found season 5 to be simply on par with the quality with the rest of the series. It had more cheesy moments (Dorne, hissing crowd, Dany riding the dragon) than other seasons, bit it had a load of great sequences too (everything at the Wall, Hard home, Tyrion, Shireen's sacrifice). I don't see this season being the best, but depending on the next episode it may yet climb a notch to be number three. Such a great show, though. Especially when you consider the hilariously bad fare that fantasy used to offer (Buffy and Angel, Xena, Spartacus - well, Spartacus came first but it still fits as an exple of the cheesy alternatives out there).