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On every Wheel ot Time boards you can say abominable things about Jordan and his books, but you try to say even a mild criticism about Sanderson, your comment gets deleted, or downvoted, or you get banned, which I find ridiculous.

Jordan created WOT, and his books and writings vastly superior to anything written by Sanderson, but yet according these forums Jordan was a pathetic loser, who wrote bad and boring books, and basically only Sanderson's books are worth to read.

I'd really like to get an explanation for this inexplicable phenomena.

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4 hours ago, eva.reves said:

On every Wheel ot Time boards you can say abominable things about Jordan and his books, but you try to say even a mild criticism about Sanderson, your comment gets deleted, or downvoted, or you get banned, which I find ridiculous.

You don't? There's lots of negative posts about Sandersons work across the net, reddit, and other fan forums.

 

4 hours ago, eva.reves said:

I'd really like to get an explanation for this inexplicable phenomena.

Maybe you're getting banned from those places not because of what you're saying, but how you're saying it? Trolling? Shit Posting? 

 

Making this your first post on DM doesn't help your credibility in the matter, as it appear to make you look like you're only here only to stir the pot by shit talking.

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I'm not stirring anything. My first post can't be honest?

 

Since the announcing of the TV Show, one can't read anything else on Facebook, Reddit and in similar spaces that the writers of the Show have to re-write the whole storylines, the characters, because Jordan's books are awful. TEOTW is not important at all (nothing happens in the whole book), in TGH (only the battle is important) and similar posts. Not one or two posts but tons of them. There's no need of faithfulness to the books at all. And there are more and more posts about totally skipping half the series, because what Jordan wrote is rubbish, but fully filming Sanderdon's book goes without saying, because he's a master storyteller who fixed WOT. (And there's a 'campaign' to the new readers, especially on Reddit, that new readers should skip even more than half of the series: I saw many suggestion that after TGH/TDR one should read summaries then continue the reading with Sanderson's books, because Jordan's books have nothing just boredom, descriptions, more boredom, more descriptions.)

 

You can try to point out that for example in TEOTW the connection between Rand and Mat is very important, and in 5 minutes you are downvoted to the abyss, and an hour later your post is gone.

 

But back to the books: every time when you trying to point out Sanderson's errors (there are thousands of them), or trying to point out Jordan's much better prose, structure, handling of characters and similar things with many examples, they are deleted in minutes.
 

I think this attitude and propaganda gives false information to the new readers, and they are feed with misinformation right from the start. When they see posts (upvoted to sky) many new reader will believe thes false claims. And seeing recent events (a report published by the Center for Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch suggest that approximately two-thirds of COVID-19 misinformation originates from 12 people), you don't need many people just a few supermoderators and a few aides to spread false thoughts.
 

I don't say that Jordan's books are flawless, they are not, far from it, but seeing all the time the Jordan-scolding and the Sanderson-glorification is really unbearable.

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1 hour ago, eva.reves said:

I'm not stirring anything. My first post can't be honest?

 

Since the announcing of the TV Show, one can't read anything else on Facebook, Reddit and in similar spaces that the writers of the Show have to re-write the whole storylines, the characters, because Jordan's books are awful. TEOTW is not important at all (nothing happens in the whole book), in TGH (only the battle is important) and similar posts. Not one or two posts but tons of them. There's no need of faithfulness to the books at all. And there are more and more posts about totally skipping half the series, because what Jordan wrote is rubbish, but fully filming Sanderdon's book goes without saying, because he's a master storyteller who fixed WOT. (And there's a 'campaign' to the new readers, especially on Reddit, that new readers should skip even more than half of the series: I saw many suggestion that after TGH/TDR one should read summaries then continue the reading with Sanderson's books, because Jordan's books have nothing just boredom, descriptions, more boredom, more descriptions.)

 

You can try to point out that for example in TEOTW the connection between Rand and Mat is very important, and in 5 minutes you are downvoted to the abyss, and an hour later your post is gone.

 

But back to the books: every time when you trying to point out Sanderson's errors (there are thousands of them), or trying to point out Jordan's much better prose, structure, handling of characters and similar things with many examples, they are deleted in minutes.
 

I think this attitude and propaganda gives false information to the new readers, and they are feed with misinformation right from the start. When they see posts (upvoted to sky) many new reader will believe thes false claims. And seeing recent events (a report published by the Center for Countering Digital Hate and Anti-Vax Watch suggest that approximately two-thirds of COVID-19 misinformation originates from 12 people), you don't need many people just a few supermoderators and a few aides to spread false thoughts.
 

I don't say that Jordan's books are flawless, they are not, far from it, but seeing all the time the Jordan-scolding and the Sanderson-glorification is really unbearable.

I see some Sanderson scolding. People like to gripe about Mat. But you are right, I see far more Jordan scolding. This may be because Jordan wrote a lot of the series, so there is more content to complain about, or it may be because Sanderson is altogether more famous because of Mistborn and the Stormlight Archive. 

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Complaining here about a reddit phenomenon?  Interesting.  I don't think Dragonmount mods here can do anything about the subreddit.  And that subreddit is itself enormously more active than these boards, and as such, moderated much less well.

 

But in any event, the easiest rejoinder to your "observations" is that they are anecdotal, uncontrolled and appear to suffer from confirmation bias.  

 

In general, however, Sanderson is treated generously among the fandom for a few reasons.  Most importantly, he completed the series.  That can't be understated.  And he did it with a great deal of respect for Jordan and what he had already established, relying on RJ's notes and Maria's help with research and prior knowledge, and Harriet's editing.  While he did get things wrong, for the most part he acknowledged what he got wrong and worked to fix it through the subsequent volumes.  Throughout the process of writing the ending, and even to today, he's displayed a great deal of humility and respect for the franchise and the fans.  And that earns him a good deal of respect in return.

 

Jordan's works had been criticized for years prior to his death and Sanderson's arrival as well.  Let there be no mistake, here, Jordan is the best American fantasy writer of all time, and makes a good play for being among the best anywhere of all time.  But nobody's perfect either.  His huge, sprawling epic started, well, sprawling.  Timelines got all out of whack.  Characters seemingly forget earlier development.  And uninteresting things that Jordan wasn't as good at writing about began to dominate the story, like Aes Sedai and Andoran politics.  

 

As for the TV show commentary, a lot of people don't seem to understand how adaptations, particularly adaptations that work well, actually work.  I'm aware of no successful adaptation of any work of literature that didn't significantly streamline the plot and prune characters.  And it's simply not realistic to plan on a 14-season TV series.  I am highly pessimistic about the show myself, but not because they will be pruning and adapting the story.  That's necessary.  It's what they prune and how they adapt that determines whether it will be good, or sufficiently honor the source material. 

 

For example, rumor has it that they'll be cutting the Caemlyn palace scenes between Rand and Elayne and Rand and Elaida.  I don't like the idea of cutting that.  That scene with Elaida is thematically too important to cut, and it is important that Basel Gil, who we know has already been cast, have his inn at Caemlyn, for future story arcs.  Rafe has said that Logain will have an expanded role, particularly in the first season, and that the show will write Moiraine to be the main character of the first season.  I don't know how that will turn out, so I'm indifferent to it.  It could be good, it could be bad.  It's also been said that a lot of locations visited while traveling will be cut out.  And that's fine, as long as the cuts are done well, because it's just not realistic for TV show to build that many different sets.

 

 

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2 hours ago, eva.reves said:

I'm not stirring anything. My first post can't be honest?

Certainly appears that way when you completely skip this forum.

https://dragonmount.com/forums/forum/72-introduce-yourself/

 

As for the rest of that post, it's a rant about Facebook and Reddit.

*looks around*

This isn't Reddit or Facebook. Why bring that drama here?

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All those "smart people " who try to portray Sanderson as a better writer than Jordan. Well they are too smart for their own good. Sanderson is not a patch on the literary ability of Jordan. He didn't just spoiled Mat. He destroyed Perrin too. He just basically repeated all the training that perrin had done in Telarahanroid. He just wrote some very pathetic parts. Like in that final book the parts that Jordan wrote and ones that Sanderson wrote were significantly different and Sanderson just rode the coat tail of jordan to stardom. We had a very long discussion back in day with a post titled "Greed". Please if you have go back and read it. Sanderson's lameness was pretty much predicted in that

 

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And now there are hundreds (or even thousands) posts about the Color-shifting cloaks: suddenly everybody has a revelation that Color-shifting cloaks are stupid and pointless, and  they never made sense, and similar statements.

 

I have never heard or read anything bad about the Warders' cloaks on the boards since 1998, but now I know that I was wrong in the whole time.


It looks like Jordan's books have nothing else in them only senseless and bad things.

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10 minutes ago, eva.reves said:

And now there are hundreds (or even thousands) posts about the Color-shifting cloaks: suddenly everybody has a revelation that Color-shifting cloaks are stupid and pointless, and  they never made sense, and similar statements.

 

I have never heard or read anything bad about the Warders' cloaks on the boards since 1998, but now I know that I was wrong in the whole time.


It looks like Jordan's books have nothing else in them only senseless and bad things.

Not at all, and it's amazing that you're speaking as a voice of authority of what hundreds (or thousands) are saying on other sites and bringing it here to vent. (You could just write your rants in a Journal you know.)

Most things I've read (anecdotal, just like what you've read) are disappointment from fans that they aren't going to have the cloaks, and understanding over budget constraints. Never heard anyone bad mouth Jordan's books regarding the cloaks either.

Perhaps it's time you to lay off social media, as all it's doing is triggering your rage, and stop bringing that baggage here?

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1 hour ago, eva.reves said:

suddenly everybody has a revelation that Color-shifting cloaks are stupid and pointless, and  they never made sense, and similar statements.

Where are these statements? I keep pretty close track of discussions on most of the major forums. I haven't seen very many comments at all, much less "thousands" of them.

 

I have heard some people lamenting that the cloaks won't be part of the show. Some people saying (rightly IMO) that its an understandable change given the expense and degree of difficulty. 

 

 

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I certainly haven't seen any trend toward considering Sanderson the superior writer on THIS forum.  There are somethings Sanderson does better than Jordan, pacing for instance.  Overall I'd say Jordan is the better writer by a fair margin though.  That said, Sanderson's writing may translate better to TV.  Not that it matters, because the show will have to be a tremendous success to last long enough to get to Sanderson's contributions.

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1 hour ago, Cheyboygan said:

I certainly haven't seen any trend toward considering Sanderson the superior writer on THIS forum.  There are somethings Sanderson does better than Jordan, pacing for instance.  Overall I'd say Jordan is the better writer by a fair margin though.  That said, Sanderson's writing may translate better to TV.  Not that it matters, because the show will have to be a tremendous success to last long enough to get to Sanderson's contributions.

On this forum in particular, I'd go as far as to saying that the majority of the criticism expressed here goes toward Sanderson: his handling of Mat, Perrin's arc, the timeline of the last battle, Androl's existence. All of these things are discussed here with some regularity. 

 

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On 5/21/2021 at 12:48 PM, SinisterDeath said:

Not at all, and it's amazing that you're speaking as a voice of authority of what hundreds (or thousands) are saying on other sites and bringing it here to vent. (You could just write your rants in a Journal you know.)

Most things I've read (anecdotal, just like what you've read) are disappointment from fans that they aren't going to have the cloaks, and understanding over budget constraints. Never heard anyone bad mouth Jordan's books regarding the cloaks either.

Perhaps it's time you to lay off social media, as all it's doing is triggering your rage, and stop bringing that baggage here?


wondering if I was the only one to notice this person just likes to feed the drama beast...  I do my share of complaining, but based of my own thoughts and opinions - not what “hundreds/thousands” of other people are supposedly talking about. 
 

Takes all kinds I guess. 

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