Here comes the first trailer for Amazon’s series The Wheel of Time. Get ready to be disappointed. This one is sure to bring you down. Not that it’s Amazon’s fault. The source material is fundamentally broken. The problem lies in the books themselves. Sorry. You know I’m right, though. Let me explain.
Nothing means anything in these books. The rules of magic keep changing to fit the situation. The author writes a character into a really tough spot. How is he/she going to get out this? The author then inserts a previously unknown power into a magical item and . . . tada! Problem solved.
All too often in this series people are amazed at the “new” powers their magic had. That, my friends, is bullshit. That is why fantasy books have such a bad reputation. It’s cheap, lazy writing. It drove me crazy with this series. So I stopped reading. I didn’t care about anything or anyone. I KNEW they would be okay due to some new power being discovered. Blah.
Kind of feel bad shitting all over the books, but if you’ve read Lord of the Rings you know I’m right. And if you’ve struggled through the Wheel series I know you’ve read LOTR. Tolkien had rules for magic. Wizards couldn’t just do whatever was needed in any situation. That’s why LOTR works. Another thing LOTR has going for it is a beginning, middle and end. The Wheel of Time feels like a series dedicated to side missions for many of the books.
The Wheel series was intended to be a 6-book series. Then it stretched in 14. Why? Because it was popular. The first couple of books showed promise. We all read them. Then the author decided to keep on going. Just keep turning out books. Even if it barely moved the plot forward. Dude was making money. People were buying the books. So why stop? Just keep going.
You can’t blame him. I’m sure every popular fantasy novelist dreams of this kind of success. It’s a big moral dilemma. Service the story? Or your bank account? Check out Game of Thrones. Same thing. Why write the end when you can keep printing money? Although, now with a GOT prequel coming to HBO, I bet the book series will wrap up soon.
The trailer for Wheel looks pretty good. Not great. But good. However, beware. You will be running into some serious BS in the show. You have been warned. Now, will I watch? Probably. LOL! And I will kick myself for doing it. Or I’ll start a column here where I take giant dumps all over the show. HA!
It premiers on Nov. 19.