Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is perhaps one of the most hotly debated fantasy series of the past twenty years. All over the internet you can read about the ups and downs of the series and why is/isn’t worth anyones time. Since my last post I have read and enjoyed all fourteen of the books in the series. I was initially on the fence, but now I am a total fan girl. So, without further ado, here are my reasons why everyone should read the Wheel of Time:
1. Hope – It took me a while to realise this, but the Wheel of Time is a story about hope. It is kind of like the opposite to GRRM’s A Song of Ice a Fire in this respect. It raises your spirits as you read the story of Rand and his constant battle before the battle within himself. Like real life, it isn’t easy for any of the characters and all they have to keep them going is hope.
2. Complexity – Bad guys are not always one hundred percent bad. Demandred in ‘A Memory of Light’ is not just despicable because of his actions, but because you can see that somewhere deep, deep down this man is fundamentally redeemable. He could be a hero in another life. Also, just because the characters dislike some people doesn’t mean that those people are automatically bad guys.
3. Characters – there are just so many, but you end feeling for most of them. Even the most ‘annoying’ ones. Also, there are strong women in this series, which is always a plus and pretty much ever character (even the more minor ones) goes through some sort of journey. This is not all that surprising though, because there is something like eleven thousand pages in the entire series. There is also a lot of humour in the series.
These are just three of the reasons why you should give the Wheel of Time a shot. Personally, I read all of the books in the series (some people skip certain books) and overall I enjoyed it – but at times I had a love/hate relationship with it. What are your reasons for reading your favourite series? Let me know in the comments below.