The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

Robert Jordan

I just can’t today. My reviews are piling up, but I do not have the concentration to turn them into a full-fledged blog post. The Wheel of Time teaser was released, and I am so blown away. I need this series to be good. It doesn’t have to follow the books scene for scene, but man do I need it to be a decent adaption. It wasn’t until I saw the trailer and all the beloved characters of my childhood brought to life on screen during the teaser that I realized how badly I need this to be epic.

I love my fandoms, and I have many. I read so many books, and watch so many shows that I can’t help it. But many of you can relate to having that one thing that stands above all the others for whatever reason, that one thing that you grew up with, that one thing that got you through the hard times and was there for you, that one thing that means so much to you and lives inside you. This is mine.

It was 1991, I was 15 and often frequented the Border’s bookstore in the mall. On one trip, I picked up The Eye of the World, and it was one of the biggest snap decisions I’ve ever made in my life. I still have my copy that was printed in 1990. Faded, but still beautiful. Every time a new book was released, I would start rereading from the beginning. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book, but I do have many notes written in the margins of quotes and little foreshadowing tidbits that drew my attention. Y’all… No joke, but I think I remember characters and scenes from these books better than I do some of the stuff I’ve written myself.

I followed Jordan on his Dragonmount blog religiously, so I knew of his illness, but Harriet, Wilson, and even Jordan himself stayed so positive up until the end. Seeing Wilson’s post about his death broke my heart, and that did affect my enjoyment of the series. It took me a very long time to pick the books up again and finish them knowing someone else had written them. However, for those already familiar with my blog, you know that Sanderson is one of my favorite authors now, and that is due to his work on this series. (But that is an entirely different topic.)

I can’t even describe what I was feeling when I watched the trailer. Finally seeing it on screen was glorious, and this was just the teaser. I knew the places and the characters as soon as they were on screen. The dagger, the ajahs, the Amyrlin Seat! I might even have gotten weepy eyed with how magnificent Tar Valon looks with Dragonmount standing behind the White Tower. It was almost surreal seeing Moiraine wield the one power, and watch Lan being the badass he is. That screaming fade is definitely the stuff of nightmares, and then hearing Michael McElhatton as Tam Al’thor just drilled everything home. AND Rafe has already said there’s going to be another trailer coming. I might explode.

November 19th, y’all.

I am so there.

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