Ser Greguh Posted August 22, 2007 Share Posted August 22, 2007 I disagree to an extent that the story "Got away from Jordan", although I see what the people who say that are getting at. I think that Jordan simply managed to direct the story smack-dab into his weaknesses as a writer. As already mentioned, he simply cannot write women well. The majority of the early books focused on Rand, Mat, and Perrin, so this wasn't so much a problem. In fact, reating tEotW, I found myself having the thought that the female characters all seemed fairly simple and poorly-done, but wrote it off to the fact that I was seeing things (more or less) from the POV's of male characters that failed to understand women themselves. As the books have progressed, though, the female characters have gained center stage, and Jordan's weaknesses in writing them have become that much more clear. That's one complaint. The other is Jordan's bizarre choice to describe every inch of action, every last ass-scratch of every last character in every last day of their little adventure (except when the characters do something minor, like decide to have sex). I swear, the dude has a macro on his word processor for whenever Rand grabs Saidin; he just presses ctrl-alt-c (for "channel") and boom, up pops a paragraph. Enough already. He could have conveyed everything he needed to convey in Perrin's search for Faile in 2, maybe 3 chapters. Instead we've gotten blocks and blocks of them for book after book after book. I stopped caring if he ever found her somewhere in book 8 (okay, let's be honest, I quit halfway through CoT and haven't picked up Jordan since). But because the journey takes a long time, we get chapter after chapter after chapter. I like a great deal about his series: the epic worldbuilding, the rich sense of history, many of the characters, and much of the writing is quite good. Perrin's organization of the defense of the Two Rivers in Book 4, for example, and the climaxes of books 5 and 6 were very evocative, approaching Martin even at times. But the series just seems to have consumed itself, lost in its own minutae. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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