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#257288 24-Sep-2019 12:39
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What!? No topic on The Wheel of Time series.

 

I was surprised to get no result when I searched geekzone for a topic about Amazon's announcement that they are adapting The Wheel of Time of novels to show on Prime Video. But I did find a few about World of Tanks when I searched for WOT.

 

‘Wheel of Time’ Series at Amazon Rounds Out Main Cast

 

I was even more surprised when there was no mention that a local (brought up in Lower Hutt; now living in LA?) has one of the main roles:

 

Kiwi star Zoë Robins joins Rosamund Pike in Amazon's Wheel of Time series 

 

Maybe, I am the only one anticipating this premiere. I really enjoyed reading the book series.

 

We only started reading it because my wife brought his "trilogy" home for us to read. It was only at the third book that we found Robert Jordan had written ten books and the series was still being written ... and then he died after book eleven. So about 7/8 years later it was finally completed by Rand Sanderson whose other books we also enjoyed.

 

I also enjoyed Game of Thrones although that suffered from being televised before the book series was complete.


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  #2323917 24-Sep-2019 13:14
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Hopefully better than the Shanara Chronicles adaption...

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  #2323923 24-Sep-2019 13:20
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I also love the books, but am unsure how will it will transfer to TV.

 

If game of thrones could do it then it is possible, but these are long books and will need some solid editing to bring it to TV without losing to much.

 

If they pull it off the we are looking at ~15 years of TV shows to bring the whole series to life. That is also a big ask.


 
 
 
 


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  #2323926 24-Sep-2019 13:24
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Love the books having reading the entire series multiple times (despite the slog from about books 7 to 11) and am quietly cautious about the tv adaptation. Interesting choices for casting though and certainly not what I imagined some of the characters to look like, especially Nynaeve (small white woman), al'Lan Mandragoran (in my mind a granite wall of a man that moves like a ballet dancer) and Perrin Aybara (large and imposing). Will have to wait and see.






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  #2324028 24-Sep-2019 14:47
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maoriboy:

 

Love the books having reading the entire series multiple times (despite the slog from about books 7 to 11) and am quietly cautious about the tv adaptation. Interesting choices for casting though and certainly not what I imagined some of the characters to look like, especially Nynaeve (small white woman), al'Lan Mandragoran (in my mind a granite wall of a man that moves like a ballet dancer) and Perrin Aybara (large and imposing). Will have to wait and see.

 

 

 

 

My thoughts also on the casting, it seems like they're trying to tick some specific boxes there which means my expectations of the adaptation are pretty low. Not that I'm hoping to be plesantly surprised. 


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  #2324032 24-Sep-2019 15:00
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I'm a big fan of this type of book, but for some reason, I have had trouble getting into the Wheel of Time. I always ended up giving up after a hundred or so pages. I'm guessing it takes a while to get going (setting the scene, etc.) and then takes off?


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  #2324036 24-Sep-2019 15:10
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Super excited. It took me a while to get used to the casting, my brother reminded me - the books have them all as about 16 year old kids.


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  #2324047 24-Sep-2019 15:30
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Hammerer:

 

So about 7/8 years later it was finally completed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pffff, amateur. I read the first one when I was 14 so it was 22 years for me!





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  #2324064 24-Sep-2019 16:15
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maoriboy:

 

Love the books having reading the entire series multiple times (despite the slog from about books 7 to 11) and am quietly cautious about the tv adaptation. Interesting choices for casting though and certainly not what I imagined some of the characters to look like, especially Nynaeve (small white woman), al'Lan Mandragoran (in my mind a granite wall of a man that moves like a ballet dancer) and Perrin Aybara (large and imposing). Will have to wait and see.

 

 

I agree about the lack of physical size. I thought that the casting was pretty good otherwise. As they're only in their mid-teens, there is room for the teens like Perrin to build more bulk over the course of the series. That probably won't be an option for Lan's player.

 

But I think that you're confusing Nynaeve's player with someone else because Zoe Robins is not a "small white woman. Zoe "definitely fits the Two River image of dark skinned (Rand doesn't look the others and is pale skinned) and definitely dark haired with dark eyes.

 

 

 

Edit: I've just realised that you probably meant that Nynaeve is white-skinned in the book. I know that the cover art is whiter than Zoe so you're probably right. But I always read Nynaeve as having darker skin as well as the dark eyes and hair she's desribed as having. There was one passage that changed my mind from dark-white skin to dark skin - I just can't remember where I read it.

 

http://www.thedailytrolloc.com/2017/07/casting-wheel-of-time-two-rivers.html

 

 


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  #2324071 24-Sep-2019 16:34
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I read them so long ago I can barely recall what they were about!

 

 

 

I do have a vague recollection that the series started well and then got a bit tedious somewhere along the line. Didn't the author die before they were complete as well?






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  #2324106 24-Sep-2019 17:25
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Ages since I read them, they started out at a pretty good pace, then just slowed to a crawl. To many characters with to many story lines.


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  #2324133 24-Sep-2019 17:54
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For those that do not know about this huge series have a read here:

 

DRAGONMOUNT A WHEEL OF TIME COMMUNITY [fan based]

 

Basically the synopsis of this 14 book saga tells the story of a man destined to face the Evil One and save the world—or destroy it in the process. It takes place both in our past and our future. The final 4 books were ghost written by Brandon Sanderson post Robert Jordans death. There is also Prequel.

 

I have and read the first ten books only. It will be very interesting how amazon handles this epic. I can hear the merchandise tills a ringing.

 

Let the magic begin.





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  #2324154 24-Sep-2019 18:32
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FineWine:

 

For those that do not know about this huge series have a read here:

 

DRAGONMOUNT A WHEEL OF TIME COMMUNITY [fan based]

 

Basically the synopsis of this 14 book saga tells the story of a man destined to face the Evil One and save the world—or destroy it in the process. It takes place both in our past and our future. The final 4 books were ghost written by Brandon Sanderson post Robert Jordans death. There is also Prequel.

 

I have and read the first ten books only. It will be very interesting how amazon handles this epic. I can hear the merchandise tills a ringing.

 

Let the magic begin.

 

 

Thanks. Now I understand. Can you recommend the books? Im up for a long term read fest.


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  #2324166 24-Sep-2019 19:03
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Geektastic:

 

I do have a vague recollection that the series started well and then got a bit tedious somewhere along the line. Didn't the author die before they were complete as well?

 

 

You can say that about a lot of fantasy sagas.

 

Raymond E Feist's Magician springs to mind.

 

Cracking first trilogy. Thirty years and 20+ books later......


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  #2324294 25-Sep-2019 07:28
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tdgeek:

 

Can you recommend the books? Im up for a long term read fest.

 

 

 

 

Yes but you could easily skip the middle 8 books and not really miss out. To summarise them: four women are angry at each other because three of them are in love with the same man, and the other one is just angry with everyone all the time.





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  #2324371 25-Sep-2019 09:36
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SaltyNZ:

 

tdgeek:

 

Can you recommend the books? Im up for a long term read fest.

 

 

 

 

Yes but you could easily skip the middle 8 books and not really miss out. To summarise them: four women are angry at each other because three of them are in love with the same man, and the other one is just angry with everyone all the time.

 

 

This is annoyingly accurate :) I would not skip any of the parts with Perrin or Mat in them though. Especially anything with Mat. Probably my favourite character in all the books.






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