Friday, November 19, 2021

Amazon's The Wheel of Time is out

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time
For those of you who want another Game of Thrones, but without the senseless violence and pornography and torture and betrayals so regular they cease being a surprise coupled with the lesson that to survive you must needs be a heartless killer, this is the show for you.
"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. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”
However, and this is for my fellow The Wheel of Time fans, this show WILL be different from the books. Brandon Sanderson, who posthumously completed the series after Robert Jordan died and has been closely tied to the production of this TV show, has said repeatedly that this is the next turning of the Wheel of Time; that it is the same core events that we read in the books, but seven Ages later. Same story, but different variations. A fact we should neither be surprised at nor upset about seeing as it would be quite, quite impossible both logically and financially to turn a 14 volume series into a fast-paced TV show while treating each page like a piece of script; particularly since the books themselves are not always fast-paced. This is a TV adaptation and, like Peter Jackson's justly acclaimed The Lord of the Rings movies and HBO's Game of Thrones, changes will be made. 

"Ages repeat, like the spokes coming around again. Each time an Age repeats it is the same in great things, but different in smaller ones, as two huge tapestries, when seen from a distance, appear identical, but when seen close up show differences of detail." - Robert Jordan

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