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    The Wheel of Time Series might be closer than I thought

    Yesterday was the first day of filming for The Wheel of Time TV show. They were supposed to start at the end of september, but they're starting now. So perhaps that means it won't be 2021 before we see the show.

    Yesterday was also the 12th anniversary of the passing of Robert Jordan. So there's a bit of a bittersweet vibe for the cast and crew as they get to work.
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    Heh! And here I am, just starting a read-through of the series again.

    Man! Am I so looking forward to this!
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    • #3

      From casting Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, I got a real sense that these folks are really treating this with the respect it deserves.I genuinely can't wait, either!

      I might also start up another reading, but I just did all three Stormlight books, so maybe I'll back off the audiobooks for a bit. At least for the time-being.
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      • #4

        How's the story's plot in the books? I've never read any of them as I've heard a number of them are Peter F. Hamilton-sized doorstoppers. Not really for me to be frank.

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        • #5

          I've read through the whole series three times thus far. Some of them are quite long, particularly the later ones, but there is a lot going on. A lot of characters, plots, and philosophy being woven throughout those books. I would give The Eye of the World a go and see if it grabs you. It's a very different style to PFH.

          If not, you could wait on the show and just experience it that way.
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            I think I'll wait on the show. I don't have time to read doorstoppers much anymore.

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            • #7

              It is a story both of events that effect a world, and a masterpiece metaphor for the human condition. Robert Jordon wove a fantastic story. He created a world unparalleled in any other fantasy novel or series I've ever read. Cities with different cultures, with cultural undercurrents between those cities. He described sword-fighting in a way equally unparalleled, using metaphoric descriptions of sword techniques easy for the reader to imagine. He created a class of ruling mystics that were both revered and hated by the entire world. And then not least, he created a system of magic that has never been equaled - not before it and not since.

              The Wheel of Time series is undeniably the most fantastic fantasy epic of our time. If you love fantasy the way I do, then you'll not regard the books in the series as 'Doorstoppers', but will lament that they are as short as they are, when at last you turn the last page in each one.

              They are utterly captivating.

              I have read all fourteen books five times now. I just started my sixth read-through of the series last week.

              The books are really that good.
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                Originally posted by Little Rick View Post
                And then not least, he created a system of magic that has never been equaled - not before it and not since.
                I really love the way Jordan described the One Power and the True Power. He made a mystical system feel believable, and that's no easy feat. This is one of the many reasons I love The Wheel of Time. 'Magic' as it were, has many faces.

                Originally posted by Little Rick View Post
                The Wheel of Time series is undeniably the most fantastic fantasy epic of our time. If you love fantasy the way I do, then you'll not regard the books in the series as 'Doorstoppers', but will lament that they are as short as they are, when at last you turn the last page in each one.

                They are utterly captivating.
                Hehe, no argument here, though I guess for us it's a bit different because we've got Michael Kramer and Kate Reading in our ears. I know I can listen to an audiobook a lot longer than I can sit and read a paper book. Something about their voices just sucks me in.
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                • #9

                  Today's update is a brief teaser video showing the cast doing a reading of the first episode. Damned if those people don't look happy to be there.

                  The Wheel of Time on Prime on Twitter: "On September 10th, the cast and crew of #WOTonPrime got together to read the first episode of The Wheel Of Time. Production is now on its way and we are VERY excited to see this show come to life! #TwitterOfTime, this is for you.… https://t.co/CaTC3kqWN9"
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                  • #10

                    I have seldom wished for anything more.

                    I am so looking forward to the first season of this, I am beside myself with anticipation.

                    And Rosamond Pike as Moraine...

                    It almost makes me wanna cry with joy.
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                    • #11

                      You know, sometimes you hear peope saying "This person was born to play this role." I don't think that could apply any more to Rosamund Pike. Even in that informal reading she was on. For all intents and purposes, she really is Moiraine.
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                      • #12

                        Oh!

                        Do you know who I think would make a perfect Thom Merrilin?

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                        Yep! Hugh Laurie!
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                          Heh, that would be an interesting choice. He could pull it off, for sure. I wonder if he was available. I can't wait to hear who they did cast for him!
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                            And we've got another addition to the Wheel of Time cast.

                            The Wheel of Time on Prime on Twitter: "“The choice isn't always about what you do, son, but why you do it.” Please welcome Michael McElhatton (Tam Al'Thor) to the #WOTonPrime family.… https://t.co/ls55wEnuH4"
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                            • #15

                              LOL!

                              I hope he makes for a better father in the Wheel of Time, than he did in Game of Thrones! He was murdered by his son in the latter show.

                              I don't think Rand al'Thor would do that here, but heh... maybe if he found out about the Red Wedding in the other show, he just might!

                              Here is a picture of him in character, as Roose Bolton, in Game of Thrones:

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                              • #16

                                Originally posted by Little Rick View Post
                                LOL!

                                I hope he makes for a better father in the Wheel of Time, than he did in Game of Thrones! He was murdered by his son in the latter show.
                                Well, the bar was set pretty low as far as parenting goes.

                                Still, they seem to be getting good people on board. My excitement for the show grows by the day!
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                                • #17

                                  Heh!

                                  And they've still got so many people to cast! There were a lot of titular characters that appeared in the first book, that remained throughout most of the series.

                                  The Children of the Light. The Ogier. Loial in particular - he makes his fist appearance midway through the first book. And so many, many more.

                                  I just hope Amazon gets it right. There was just so much in the Wheel of Time. Amazon won't be able to leave too much out, without spoiling what made the world as great as Jordon made it. But with a proposed budget of 5 to 6 million per episode, it certainly looks promising.
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                                  • #18

                                    Welll, seeing as they're already shooting the show on location, they must have cast everyone by now. I think they're just ribbling the info out. Which, is a bit annoying to people like us that want to know everything!
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                                    • #19

                                      Originally posted by Daryn View Post
                                      Which, is a bit annoying to people like us that want to know everything!
                                      Patience, birdy. You'll get to see everything soon. The same time as the rest of us do. Which will be when they start airing the show.
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                                        Oh yes. This is SO Lan.

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