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    Evil and Dark Lords in fantasy

    What are optical illusions? They are quirks hard-wired into the vision processing parts of the brain. What are cognitive biases? Quirks hard-wired into the decision processing regions of the brain? What are gods and “anti-gods”? Man-made stories which the brain is hard-wired (pre-disposed) to find meaning in. Since pre-historic times man has continuously told stories of great good ones and great evil ones. The human brain is cognitively biased to find these stories interesting... just as the brain of a dog is biased to serve it’s human master loyally.
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    Most Adaptable Works of Fantasy

    “Adaptability” is probably low on the priority list of studio executives who decide what shows/movies get made. ”Profitability” tops the list. Managing the marketing expense is one of the keys to profitability. How to market cost effectively? Adapt the books with the largest readership. Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, Lord of the Rings, Stephen King novels... So which fantasy novels will be headed to the screen next? Probably something from Brandon Sanderson... not because it is “adaptable” but because some studio executive believes it might be profitable.
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    Most Adaptable Works of Fantasy

    Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, Andrzej Sapowski’s Witcher books and Patrick Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle are currently being adapted for the screen. Not to mention Westeros and Middle Earth spinoffs. Seems like there is way too much fantasy headed to the screen... the bubble will eventually burst. Many or most of these series will not survive into 2nd or 3rd seasons. Starz’s Camelot series only lasted one season. Too much competition in the TV field these days.
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    Evil and Dark Lords in fantasy

    Hero worship and leader vilification are deeply rooted in how the human mind works. When the US attacked and invaded Iraq, the propaganda never blamed the Iraqi people (even though they ended up suffering the most because of the invasion). The propaganda always focused on the great evil one Saddam Hussein. And guess what, for the most part the propoganda worked. That’s just how the human mind works. Similarly, the story of Christianity would never have taken off without the great good one, Jesus Christ. So, don’t blame Fantasy authors for endlessesly creating Dark Lords. It simply works. Just look at how much money Marvel has made off of hero worship and great evil ones. Similarly with Star Wars, etc, etc, etc... It’s all a quirk of the human mind....
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Geralt is always referred to as a monster hunter. But I think it's more accurate to refer to him as monster detective/hunter. The structure of the first two books reminds me of the Sherlock Holmes short stories (and I've read ALL of the Sherlock stories). Sherlock also hunted "monsters" in several of his stories. Sherlock was also a very capable fighter (and he used these skills on several occasions), albeit not on Geralts level. Dandelion chronicles and popularizes Geralt's deeds much like Dr. Watson for Sherlock. Incidently, Dandelion is also a well-educated scholar (Oxenfurt).
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    Nobel Prize winner Salman Rushdie once said Game of Thrones was a piece of trash. I strongly disagree. I will also disagree with anyone who thinks The Wheel of Time and/or The Witcher series are trash. I really wonder if Salman Rushdie actually read A Game of Thrones. Incidently, have you actually read any of the Witcher books?
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    The books were translated a decade or so after they were originally written. Nobody reads translated Polish novels... at least not before the Witcher. It was completely off the radar of main-stream fantasy.
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    The first two books are actually just a collection of short stories about Geralt of Rivia. The next five books are one large story about Ciri and Geralt. The large story has it's root in one of the short stories about Queen Calanthe of Cintra and her daughter Pavetta. Ciri is the daughter of Pavetta. It's pretty easy just to read the short story about Calathe and Pavetta. That will pretty much let you know if you like the author's writing style. The large story has many similarites to ASOIAF.... war between many kingdoms, an external force (The Wild Hunt, vaguely similar to The Others), etc... I find the interpersonal relationships between characters to be much more realistic than GRRM's (which often feel artificial and just not realistic). Also the dialogue is much more entertaining. There are scenes with just dialogue. The action is completely described by just the dialogue. Also, the way the story is told keeps changing to keep things interesting. Fir example going foward and backwards in chronology.
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    Underhyped masterpiece, IMHO.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Very much in tune with history of Eastern Europe over the past few cenutries. Conflicts, wars, racial hatreds.... I find it amazing that the humor translates so well to English. In fact just about everything in the books translate so well that I would have never guessed it was originally written in Polish. The humor is spot on. I think GRRM's humor often misses the mark... The interaction between characters arealso extremely entertaining. For example the interactions between Geralt and Yennefer. Much more interesting than the interactions between Jon and Ygritte... or Dany and Drogo.
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    Rand and Perrin are pretty dull characters. Matt becomes much more interesting in later books. Overall, Robert Jordan's characters aren't that interesting. RJ's strength as a story-teller is in his vivid descriptions of action scenes. The best action scenes in WoT are better than the best action scenes in ASoIaF. For interesting characters read the Witcher series. Quality over quantity. Only a handful of characters but they are far better developed than the thousands of characters in WoT and ASoIaF.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I just started reading the Witcher books recently. Absolutely amazing! The characters are more entertaining than GRRM's characters. Overall the books are more upbeat than ASOIAF... even though they never shy away from showing the brutal atrocities of war. Dandelion is so much more entertaining than Samwell. Ciri even beats Arya in my opinion. No character in ASOIAF comes close to Geralt.
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    Attempting Wheel of Time series...

    First two times I tried to read Eye of the World, I gave up after a few hundred pages. Many years later I tried listening to the audiobook. That's when I got hooked. Ended up going through half the series in less than a month. Then I got bored because the story really slows down, much like ASOIF around A Feast for Crows. In terms of story telling ability, Robert Jordan can be amazing. That is, when he is at his best. Much better than Brandon Sanderson who I find to be extremely overrated.
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    ASOIAF becoming a GOOD VS BAD story

    There might be two sides to every story ... err, two sides to every war, but telling both sides of the story would be narrative suicide because it kills the sense of tension. In the real world, wartime leaders always portray their conflict as GOOD vs. EVIL. It's simply Psychology 101. How do you motivate your people to fight and kill good people? Hence, the enemy is always EVIL.. wink, wink. For example, what would happen if the Nazi leaders said "We're good people and our enemies are good people also. So let's just go out and murder them by the millions!" Errr... no that definitely does not work. Instead, the Nazi's said "We are the good honest people. Our enemies are SO SO SO EVIL that we need to kill all of them. ALL OF THEM!" So when George Bush the younger says "Our enemies are an AXIS OF EVIL." You just know that he's preparing for war.
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    The Fate of Shireen TWoW

    Stannis's "final orders" to Justin Massey is a clue of where GRRM is heading with this. Stannis orders Massey to set up Shireen to be win the Iron Throne. Hence, highly unlikely he would then later order her sacrificed no matter how desperate... Because he is already at the brink when he gives this order. Stannis also tells Massey to ignore potential rumors of his demise. Hence we should apply reverse logic here (GRRM is tricky like that). We should actually assume that the coming rumors are actually true and that Massey be forced to ignore the rumors. Why you ask? Because this forces him to fight with Melissandre for Shireen's life. Why does Mel want to burn Shireen? Perhaps not to revive Jon but rather to revive Stannis. The WTF moment is that Jon revives rather than Stannis.
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