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What is the deal with the Egwene-hate?

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Some reasons why I dislike our young Amyrlin, and some cons for balance:

 

I do not like the hypocrisy of flirting and giggling with Aram? (the mentally unstable tinker)and then being pissy with Rand.

Con.: Stop complaining about a teenage girl having fun and being silly.

 

I do not like Egwene's attitude to dumping Rand and letting Elayne be the rebound girl.

Con: it is not easy to communicate such things in any case.

 

I do not like Egwene's attitude to Rand when he wanted to know the location of Salidar.

Con: He was not being subtle about it. Still her attitude sucked imo.

 

I do not like the way Egwene lies to the wise ones, no honor there. She got her honor back only because the Aiel are the most forgiving people in the word if you let them whip you.

Con: she atoned for it so there.

 

I do not like how Egwene treated Nyneave when covering her ass.

Con.: None.

 

I do not like Egwene's thoughts and handling of Mat's Band.

Con.: i dunno

 

I really do not like Egwene's treatment of Siuan after being saved from the tower. Uncalled for, arrogant, uninterested in the motivations and reasons of a woman who was Armylin for years and years, insulting to Gareth and her about their relationship. Foul stuff.

Con.: Maybe she was high on righteousness.

 

I do not like Egwene's treatment of Gawhine.

Con.: He is a little female dog so perhaps it is suitable.

 

I do not like Egwene's treatment of Nyneave during her testing. I would disown and rip the eyes out of any 'friend' who let people do that to me. Con.: dunno

 

I do not like Egwene's perception of Nynaeve's backing of Rand. Con.: I would be paranoid too if I knew ta'veren effects existed.

 

So this is why, by and large, I do not like Egwene. It is not exhaustive and she does have redeeming aspects. Especially Nynaeve suffers at Egwene's hands and since Nynaeve is always motivated by caring for people it grates more.

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I have a theory as to all the Egwene hate.

It is because she is written to life like. She is the girl we all went to high school with who was into everything. She was into student government, probably a cheerleader, decorated at all the dances, she may not have been a 10 but at least an 8, got good grades and all the teachers and staff loved her. Unless you were that girl or in her click you probably couldn't stand her. I think most of the Egwene haters are people who were not in the "in" crowd in high school.

She then left her small town (Two Rivers) went off to college in the big city (Tar Varlon). She continued to succeed due to her smarts and hard work but the because she is being fast tracked people think she is a kiss ass and being given everything they nit pick everything about her and exaggerate her flaws. Any thing she says they believe is arrogant and conceded.

 

So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

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So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

 

Yeah we're all jealous of her. It has nothing to do with her rampant hypocrisy, her disgusting treatment of her friends, her being a personality chameleon with no true identity of her own, her incredibly implausible rise to power or her Mary Sue aura that drains the intelligence of all her political opponents within a hundred metre radius.

 

It's really quite sad because the Egwene-Amyrlin plotline could have been quite interesting if she had had to struggle for it at all. The narrative goes on and on about how she is only a puppet, how she has to move carefully and how all her puppeteers have so much more knowledge and experience than her. And yet she never suffers any serious setbacks except those that are part of her plans to control the Hall, which inevitably worked perfectly.

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I have a theory as to all the Egwene hate.

It is because she is written to life like. She is the girl we all went to high school with who was into everything. She was into student government, probably a cheerleader, decorated at all the dances, she may not have been a 10 but at least an 8, got good grades and all the teachers and staff loved her. Unless you were that girl or in her click you probably couldn't stand her. I think most of the Egwene haters are people who were not in the "in" crowd in high school.

She then left her small town (Two Rivers) went off to college in the big city (Tar Varlon). She continued to succeed due to her smarts and hard work but the because she is being fast tracked people think she is a kiss ass and being given everything they nit pick everything about her and exaggerate her flaws. Any thing she says they believe is arrogant and conceded.

 

So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

 

 

Probably the biggest reason I dislike Egwene is posts like this one. If you don't just luuuuvvvv Egwene, you are jealous/sexist/too young or old or tall or fat to understand her.

 

Utter garbage.

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I have a theory as to all the Egwene hate.

It is because she is written to life like. She is the girl we all went to high school with who was into everything. She was into student government, probably a cheerleader, decorated at all the dances, she may not have been a 10 but at least an 8, got good grades and all the teachers and staff loved her. Unless you were that girl or in her click you probably couldn't stand her. I think most of the Egwene haters are people who were not in the "in" crowd in high school.

She then left her small town (Two Rivers) went off to college in the big city (Tar Varlon). She continued to succeed due to her smarts and hard work but the because she is being fast tracked people think she is a kiss ass and being given everything they nit pick everything about her and exaggerate her flaws. Any thing she says they believe is arrogant and conceded.

 

So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

 

 

Probably the biggest reason I dislike Egwene is posts like this one. If you don't just luuuuvvvv Egwene, you are jealous/sexist/too young or old or tall or fat to understand her.

 

Utter garbage.

 

Come on now, we all know you're jealous of a fictional character, from a fictional world.

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I have a theory as to all the Egwene hate.

It is because she is written to life like. She is the girl we all went to high school with who was into everything. She was into student government, probably a cheerleader, decorated at all the dances, she may not have been a 10 but at least an 8, got good grades and all the teachers and staff loved her. Unless you were that girl or in her click you probably couldn't stand her. I think most of the Egwene haters are people who were not in the "in" crowd in high school.

She then left her small town (Two Rivers) went off to college in the big city (Tar Varlon). She continued to succeed due to her smarts and hard work but the because she is being fast tracked people think she is a kiss ass and being given everything they nit pick everything about her and exaggerate her flaws. Any thing she says they believe is arrogant and conceded.

 

So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

 

 

Probably the biggest reason I dislike Egwene is posts like this one. If you don't just luuuuvvvv Egwene, you are jealous/sexist/too young or old or tall or fat to understand her.

 

Utter garbage.

 

Boom. I knew that was coming the second I read his post. Everyone knows what side of the Egwene debate I fall on but the whole jealousy thing just doesn't hold much weight. I do think how ever many people seem to be resentful at how she has gone about accomplishing everything in a somewhat unrealistic manner. To me that is somewhat unfair when we have others gaining skills from magic wishes and the like.

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I have a theory as to all the Egwene hate.

It is because she is written to life like. She is the girl we all went to high school with who was into everything. She was into student government, probably a cheerleader, decorated at all the dances, she may not have been a 10 but at least an 8, got good grades and all the teachers and staff loved her. Unless you were that girl or in her click you probably couldn't stand her. I think most of the Egwene haters are people who were not in the "in" crowd in high school.

She then left her small town (Two Rivers) went off to college in the big city (Tar Varlon). She continued to succeed due to her smarts and hard work but the because she is being fast tracked people think she is a kiss ass and being given everything they nit pick everything about her and exaggerate her flaws. Any thing she says they believe is arrogant and conceded.

 

So basicaly the Egwene hate all boils down to Jealousy.

 

 

Probably the biggest reason I dislike Egwene is posts like this one. If you don't just luuuuvvvv Egwene, you are jealous/sexist/too young or old or tall or fat to understand her.

 

Utter garbage.

 

Boom. I knew that was coming the second I read his post. Everyone knows what side of the Egwene debate I fall on but the whole jealousy thing just doesn't hold much weight. I do think how ever many people seem to be resentful at how she has gone about accomplishing everything in a somewhat unrealistic manner. To me that is somewhat unfair when we have others gaining skills from magic wishes and the like.

 

The problem is that Egwene gains skills and accomplishments in an unrealistic manner OUTSIDE of the series' magic system. We don't expect a character's development of magical powers to be realistic. We do expect skills such as political accumen, leadership, etc (skills that have some connection to the real world, and should not require the suspension of disbelief) to be in some way realistic. If you think about it, Egwene critics don't get too worked up about her abilities with the Power. No one criticizes her for so quickly developing great facility with the creation of cuendillar, or her ability to delve for metals. It is her entirely unrealistic attainment of abilities that have a basis in reality that are criticized.

 

The same could be said of her, ummm, extremely high self-esteem. Beleiving yourself to be special because you can do magic, or are a ta'veren, or have supernatural luck? Doesn't bother anyone. Believing you have all of the answers, not because you are an instrument of the pattern or because the savior of the world resides in your head, but simply because you are super-extra-special and got some advice from someone who used to hold your job? Problem.

 

Add to that the authors' seeming lack of awareness of the Mary Sue-ness of the character (in contrast to every other character) and it adds up to, for many, a character with little redeeming value.

 

And since the original poster of this nonsence is so interested, no, I was not in fact a cheerleader. But I was all-state in two sports, and did naughty, naughty things with several cheerleaders :) Granted, that was back in my more hirsuite days...

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Egwene is not my favorite character by a long shot, but I do think a lot of the criticisms of her character as a person are a bit overblown. Most of her sins have the character of being the sorts of mistakes a neophyte makes when testing new powers, whether that be powers of the TaR and Saidar varieties, or political and interpersonal power. The other stuff, the nagging and stubbornness when dealing with Rand, is no worse than we see elsewhere, and Egwene usually makes more of an effort to soften her bullying when she deems bullying to be a necessity. She's hardly the most despicable character in the books.

 

I do think, however, that she's among the most useless of the main characters. She does nothing but train with the Wise Ones or politik with the Aes Sedai for way too long. No awesome battles with the Forsaken, no major conflicts resolved. Just training and politics and giving orders to other people who are actually out doing things. She's redeemed herself somewhat from that in the last couple of books by being so awesome by beating up the Seanchan, re-uniting the Tower, then lobotomizing Mesanna. But she's by no means fully redeemed. I still like Faile more than Egwene as characters at this point, and that's saying something.

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She's a know-it-all. Not so much in a knowledge sense (although she does know a lot from Siuan's training), but more as in "I'm right and everyone else is wrong." I hate to generalize, but I would bet that most people in the world are bothered by that. Who here can say they enjoy listening to someone like that? I think the term "know-it-all" pretty much sums it up, and that's why Egwene bothers so many readers.

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Please, guys (that goes for everyone), try to keep this civil. I think this discussion is great and I would hate for it to end up in flaming and bashing. There is no need for anyone to defend Egwene's character to me or anyone; this is a thread to discuss why she is a hated character, in a civil way. I am here to learn and understand, not watch a flamewar. Thank you! :)

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Probably the biggest reason I dislike Egwene is posts like this one. If you don't just luuuuvvvv Egwene, you are jealous/sexist/too young or old or tall or fat to understand her.

 

Utter garbage.

 

So you dislike a character in the book because of how random people try to guess at why you dislike her? That seems a little circular...

 

 

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Boom. I knew that was coming the second I read his post. Everyone knows what side of the Egwene debate I fall on but the whole jealousy thing just doesn't hold much weight. I do think how ever many people seem to be resentful at how she has gone about accomplishing everything in a somewhat unrealistic manner. To me that is somewhat unfair when we have others gaining skills from magic wishes and the like.

 

The problem is that Egwene gains skills and accomplishments in an unrealistic manner OUTSIDE of the series' magic system. We don't expect a character's development of magical powers to be realistic. We do expect skills such as political accumen, leadership, etc (skills that have some connection to the real world, and should not require the suspension of disbelief) to be in some way realistic. If you think about it, Egwene critics don't get too worked up about her abilities with the Power. No one criticizes her for so quickly developing great facility with the creation of cuendillar, or her ability to delve for metals. It is her entirely unrealistic attainment of abilities that have a basis in reality that are criticized.

 

The same could be said of her, ummm, extremely high self-esteem. Beleiving yourself to be special because you can do magic, or are a ta'veren, or have supernatural luck? Doesn't bother anyone. Believing you have all of the answers, not because you are an instrument of the pattern or because the savior of the world resides in your head, but simply because you are super-extra-special and got some advice from someone who used to hold your job? Problem.

 

Add to that the authors' seeming lack of awareness of the Mary Sue-ness of the character (in contrast to every other character) and it adds up to, for many, a character with little redeeming value.

 

And since the original poster of this nonsence is so interested, no, I was not in fact a cheerleader. But I was all-state in two sports, and did naughty, naughty things with several cheerleaders :) Granted, that was back in my more hirsuite days...

 

"Some advice from someone who used to hold your job?", That is a ridiculous over-simplification. There is a PoV from Siuan where she defines her motivation as making Egwene into the best Amyrlin. That's quite a ways above "some advice" from her. As if Egwene grudgingly asks advince now-and-then.

 

Also, Lan takes like five min to show Perrin which was is up on his axe, Perrin hates the thing and never practices, and yet Perrin seems like some unstoppable killing machine in battle. I find that far more ridiculous than Egwene, who may very well be 'suffering' from Rand's Ta'veren ripples -- A'la his statement "I see you've done your part". If Perrin was written more bloodlustly like Fitz Chivalry, where even his allies freak out over his crazy wolf-like-ness in battles, then maybe I'd buy it, but not with only a few quotes about wanting to go for throats.

 

And maybe some of us are overly sick if whiny baby characters who protest "buuutttt I don't wanna' be a looorrrrdddd" all the god damn time. How about someone actually take up the challenge of responsibility for once (like Egwene) and actually believe in themselves as something more than Sheppard, blacksmiths, or useless rogues. There are already enough lame books about cowardly unlikely hobbits... I mean heroes... I don't find it 'wrong' to have a character who's willing to embrace a challenge and believes the can actually succeed.

 

She's a know-it-all. Not so much in a knowledge sense (although she does know a lot from Siuan's training), but more as in "I'm right and everyone else is wrong." I hate to generalize, but I would bet that most people in the world are bothered by that. Who here can say they enjoy listening to someone like that? I think the term "know-it-all" pretty much sums it up, and that's why Egwene bothers so many readers.

 

And what else should she do? She's the leader of the white tower, she needs to make decisions given what she knows (or what she can know based on what some people [Rand] offer to tell her). She also needs to be confident in those choices until something solid comes to her attention to make her doubt.

 

Contrast it was Gawyn, "I Hate Rand" "Why" "He killed my mother" "No he didn't" "WELL I HATE HIM ANYWAY!" That, I can understand hating.

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Perrin has pretty much always had someone with him during his battles. Aram, borderline Blademaster (imo), Loial, who is just...Loial, or an army behind him. I can't think of a significant one on one fight Perrin has that would say he is an amazing fighter. Sure he faces down Aeil, but a strong man with a decent amount of experience in a "wolf blood rage" wouldn't be easy meat, even for an Aeil.

 

Anyway, back to Egwene. It has been said several times, but this series focuses a lot on people learning through failures of some kind, and people that are too self righteous getting pulled down a peg or 13. Egwene has yet to have her peg more than touched. She is going to be one of the best, if not THE best Amerlyn the Tower has ever had, but she needs to be brought off her high horse before she can truly be Aes Sedai and the Amerlyn Seat.

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She's a know-it-all. Not so much in a knowledge sense (although she does know a lot from Siuan's training), but more as in "I'm right and everyone else is wrong." I hate to generalize, but I would bet that most people in the world are bothered by that. Who here can say they enjoy listening to someone like that? I think the term "know-it-all" pretty much sums it up, and that's why Egwene bothers so many readers.

 

I forgot the know-it all thing. I have talked to professors and other active knowledgeable people and sometimes am just amazed and astounded by the the level and depth of knowledge. Imagine having one of those live 200yrs and then meeting a 19yo know it all, brr.... Luckily for her Egwene has an aura of intelligence -40 so this does not happen.

 

Also, I write a whole list of reasons and get not a single reply and Redhandbandman writes a stupid, borderline trolling, post and everyone responds, what gives? *goes and cries in the corner*

 

Seriously though, feedback would be appreciated!

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You asked for it!

 

Some reasons why I dislike our young Amyrlin, and some cons for balance:

 

I do not like the hypocrisy of flirting and giggling with Aram? (the mentally unstable tinker)and then being pissy with Rand.

Con.: Stop complaining about a teenage girl having fun and being silly.

So you don't like realism? I mean every girl is perfectly rational all the time when it comes to boys right? Mmmhmm. Also, she WAS just having fun, it's not like she banged him, or was even necessarily interested. And she knows her own motivations, she can only guess at Rand's. And given his ultimate predicament of three girlfriends, I'm not sure she was far off the mark...

 

I do not like Egwene's attitude to dumping Rand and letting Elayne be the rebound girl.

Con: it is not easy to communicate such things in any case.

Elayne liked Rand... Rand liked Elayne... how dare she do something completely unseflish and help set them up. Pretty sure she didn't sell Rand to her or bribe or blackmail either of them. Everyone had free will in that situation, she wanted them to be happy, and, apparently, they are. This is one of the dumbest Egwene criticisms I see repeated over and over.

 

I do not like Egwene's attitude to Rand when he wanted to know the location of Salidar.

Con: He was not being subtle about it. Still her attitude sucked imo.

Not her secret to tell. Actually, aren't those her exact words? Are you one of those who thinks everyone should bow and scrape to the Dragon reborn? Elayne knew the Andor needed her, and she decided to do something else, and before that, I don't really see why Rand needed to know where they were. He seemed pretty skeptical they were truly on his side anyway. Probably not someone you'd WANT to trust with that information given his lack of enthusiasm.

 

I do not like the way Egwene lies to the wise ones, no honor there. She got her honor back only because the Aiel are the most forgiving people in the word if you let them whip you.

Con: she atoned for it so there.

Aiel are the most forgiving people?! You realize they still hate Cairhiens for cutting down a tree? They waged a war just to kill a single guy, then basically went home and STILL hate the tree killers for being a part of it. They are not forgiving at all, they are honourable. It's not about being spanked/beaten, it's about fessing up and paying the cost. They could have, and likely would have, beaten Egwene for months had she not pleased them in how she conducted herself. Also, Egwene could have left, gone back to the white tower, without any reprisal and no one would have really cared. They would have dismissed her as another uncouth wetlander with no honour and that'd have been it. But she respected them enough that she had to pay the price for what she knew she did wrong.

 

As I've mentioned before, contrast that to Avi suggesting Elayne and Nynaeve pay off their toh to Mat and they scoff at the very idea of being hit in any way, and even the simple act of trying to be NICE to him, something they should do anyway, galls them both. If you want disgusting personalities, look to those two.

 

I do not like how Egwene treated Nyneave when covering her ass.

Con.: None.

Yes that was a wrong-headed motivation, but nothing she said was untrue and Nynaeve admits she was being stupid... At least you're not claiming Egwene raped her.

 

I do not like Egwene's thoughts and handling of Mat's Band.

Con.: i dunno

You'll have to be more specific... I cannot comment on "thoughts", she has lots of them. If you're referring to getting them to follow her... well I don't understand why that was horrible. Talmanes seemed pretty civil about the whole affair, they even made some decent money it seemed.

 

I really do not like Egwene's treatment of Siuan after being saved from the tower. Uncalled for, arrogant, uninterested in the motivations and reasons of a woman who was Armylin for years and years, insulting to Gareth and her about their relationship. Foul stuff.

Con.: Maybe she was high on righteousness.

First of all, your attempts at being balanced are really getting weak. Almost insulting =(

 

She ordered them not to... she's the Amyrlin... if you want to argue how silly that was, then fine. But then again she was on the brink of succeeding.

 

I do not like Egwene's treatment of Gawhine.

Con.: He is a little female dog so perhaps it is suitable.

He's a big boy, he can take care of himself. Some of us like crazy women, keeps things interesting *cough*. Given how stupid Gawyn was being, I'm not sure what specifically you're referring to. I assume the whole "You must learn to listen" thing. Well how many warders question their Aes Sedai in public? Pretty much zero. Gawyn needs to learn to be a warder if that's what he wants, he was doing a shitty job at it by constantly questioning her and having his own personal agenda with Rand. It's similar to what Egwene said to Nynaeve. She insisted Nynaeve call her mother, even in private, for practice. You'll notice she didn't demand the same from Elayne who can do it fine in public and didn't need the practice. Nynaeve will be allowed off that leash once she shows she can conduct herself properly. Even Mat understood how important it was to show deference to Egwene in order to help her out. Nynaeve should be at least as considerate and less so childish she refuses to acknowledge someone's legitimate authority just because she used to spank the girl.

 

I do not like Egwene's treatment of Nyneave during her testing. I would disown and rip the eyes out of any 'friend' who let people do that to me. Con.: dunno

So you think Nynaeve would like to be told she couldn't handle it? Or would like to be pampered, gone easy on, or have someone do her fighting for her? I think Egwene knows her friend better than that. Also, I think Nynaeve knows better than to think Egwene should spend her political capital just to exact some on-the-spot revenge. I'm sure neither will forget what happened, and Nynaeve gains much ji for passing.

 

I do not like Egwene's perception of Nynaeve's backing of Rand. Con.: I would be paranoid too if I knew ta'veren effects existed.

Your "balance" statement seems stronger than your original statement here. Fact: Ta'veren effect those around them. Fact: Nynaeve has spent a lot of time around Rand. Do you honestly believe it's irrational to think she might be pulled? Particularly when the Wise Ones had just agreed that it sounded foolish and said they'd talk to Rand about it, so she had just received confirmation that, yes, it is crazy to break the seals. As most people in the world would also agree. Maybe if Rand had actually reassured her in some way, she wouldn't be so dismissive of the idea.

 

So this is why, by and large, I do not like Egwene. It is not exhaustive and she does have redeeming aspects. Especially Nynaeve suffers at Egwene's hands and since Nynaeve is always motivated by caring for people it grates more.

 

This ridiculousness about Nynaeve as some perpetual goodly mother is damn near infuriating. While I'll happily admit that Nynaeve got better as the series went on, she is one of the most self-centred and pompous characters in the book. And it's Egwene, starting at the nightmare incident, when she really starts to reexamine herself and begins to change. She's lies to herself, blames everyone else for all her wrongs, and is prone to violent outbursts. Yes, her motivations are usually for the good of a handful of others, but so are Egwene's. The difference, is that Nynaeve's 'others' are those kids she swore to protect when she left tTW plus a few more, Egwene's 'others' are now all female channelers, those part of the tower and those who are not. Egwene cannot afford patronage to her close friends or those few she grew up with. She has way more people to look out for now.

 

And I don't feel like proof reading so deal with it lol.

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You asked for it!

 

Indeed, and thanks for the replies, some v. good points. Allow me to reply to some:

 

So you don't like realism? I mean every girl is perfectly rational all the time when it comes to boys right? Mmmhmm. Also, she WAS just having fun, it's not like she banged him, or was even necessarily interested. And she knows her own motivations, she can only guess at Rand's. And given his ultimate predicament of three girlfriends, I'm not sure she was far off the mark...

I agree this is a weak point in any case, I was just going through my memories and this came up, it does not hold up well. I seem to recall both Rand and Egwene wanting to forget this particular thing, so you are right.

 

Elayne liked Rand... Rand liked Elayne... how dare she do something completely unseflish and help set them up. Pretty sure she didn't sell Rand to her or bribe or blackmail either of them. Everyone had free will in that situation, she wanted them to be happy, and, apparently, they are. This is one of the dumbest Egwene criticisms I see repeated over and over.

Is it dumb? I agree no-one was really hurt but there is a callousness and maybe even hubris in planning to tell someone this and then arrange for his pick-up. It is emphasized since Rand actually caught on. Anyway, it goes for Elayne too although I am not sure I would say no to such suggestion in a similar case.

 

Not her secret to tell. Actually, aren't those her exact words? Are you one of those who thinks everyone should bow and scrape to the Dragon reborn? Elayne knew the Andor needed her, and she decided to do something else, and before that, I don't really see why Rand needed to know where they were. He seemed pretty skeptical they were truly on his side anyway. Probably not someone you'd WANT to trust with that information given his lack of enthusiasm.

I do not think she should scrape and bow, nor that she should necessarily tell him. From her thoughts however it seemed she regarded him more as an enemy, or perhaps competitor, than a friend and this is mostly what I did not like.

 

Aiel are the most forgiving people?! You realize they still hate Cairhiens for cutting down a tree? (...). As I've mentioned before, contrast that to Avi suggesting Elayne and Nynaeve pay off their toh to Mat and they scoff at the very idea of being hit in any way, and even the simple act of trying to be NICE to him, something they should do anyway, galls them both. If you want disgusting personalities, look to those two.

I was half-joking about the Aiel, hence the 'if you let them whip you'. They are the only ones, however, who can totally wipe a stain/mistake/error from someones record. Completely.

Re the point on Elayne and Nynaeve I completely agree. The poster asked why there was Egwene hate, not Elayne and Nynaeve hate.

 

Yes that was a wrong-headed motivation, but nothing she said was untrue and Nynaeve admits she was being stupid... At least you're not claiming Egwene raped her.

At least that indeed. Sorry but the rape thing seems a bit of a random here. I do not think Nynaeve admitting her faults excuses Egwene here though.

 

You'll have to be more specific... I cannot comment on "thoughts", she has lots of them. If you're referring to getting them to follow her... well I don't understand why that was horrible. Talmanes seemed pretty civil about the whole affair, they even made some decent money it seemed.

Again it is not her wanting things, but that she seems to not consider Mat a full person let alone a friend. I'll try to get a quote later. Con: I am not sure if Egwene and Mat actually ever were friends.

 

First of all, your attempts at being balanced are really getting weak. Almost insulting =(

She ordered them not to... she's the Amyrlin... if you want to argue how silly that was, then fine. But then again she was on the brink of succeeding.

The attempt at being balanced was meant to be weak here. I can imagine this:

Egwene wakes up: Hey guys, why did you go against my orders?

Siuan/Gareth/Gawhine: It seemed things were very hairy and risky. There was no way to make sure you were safe except going in, that is what we did.

Egwene: Well shucks! I had nearly succeeded. Ah well, I can see that you used your judgment (being a famous ex-Amyrlin, general and spoiled prince-ling) and adapted to the situation in difficult night. We really need to get some remote communication systems going to prevent this from happening again.

as a more balanced response to being pulled out of a war zone.

 

So you think Nynaeve would like to be told she couldn't handle it? Or would like to be pampered, gone easy on, or have someone do her fighting for her? (...) I'm sure neither will forget what happened, and Nynaeve gains much ji for passing.

Saerin called it an outrage and I agree. This has nothing to do with pampering, going easy etc... The Two Rivers and Lan tests were at the end and done by Egwene. Egwene knew what had gone before, an outrage, shameful, vengeful testing and then added this litte tidbit. Sorry, your appeal to "Nynaeve is proud and would want a full testing" feels weak to me in these circumstances.

 

Your "balance" statement seems stronger than your original statement here.

I agree. The original statement is what came when I asked myself what I did not like about Egwene. The second was when I tried to imagine facing someone who can turn people's lives in different directions, including mine.

 

This ridiculousness about Nynaeve as some perpetual goodly mother is damn near infuriating. While I'll happily admit that Nynaeve got better as the series went on, she is one of the most self-centred and pompous characters in the book. And it's Egwene, starting at the nightmare incident, when she really starts to reexamine herself and begins to change. She's lies to herself, blames everyone else for all her wrongs, and is prone to violent outbursts. Yes, her motivations are usually for the good of a handful of others, but so are Egwene's. The difference, is that Nynaeve's 'others' are those kids she swore to protect when she left tTW plus a few more, Egwene's 'others' are now all female channelers, those part of the tower and those who are not. Egwene cannot afford patronage to her close friends or those few she grew up with. She has way more people to look out for now.

A sore point ;-). Anyway, I am not saying Nynaeve is a saint. Indeed the point above about her and Elayne apologizing to Mat comes to mind. So a good point here. Still, by and large, Nynaeve is more a healer and Egwene a rather ruthless politician who does not treat her friends like friends. I think, of the top of my head so excuse me for missing bits:

Rand: "You care for my people"

Nynaeve: I care for any who need it"

covers her main trait. Still I can see why you feel Nynaeve can take and maybe deserved (some of?) what was coming to her.

 

 

I hope it is still followable without the original text, but it gets too long else. Thanks again for your reply, I thought it was fun anyway and am now at least somewhat more positively (a little) inclined towards Egwene.

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Aiel are the most forgiving people?! You realize they still hate Cairhiens for cutting down a tree? They waged a war just to kill a single guy, then basically went home and STILL hate the tree killers for being a part of it. They are not forgiving at all, they are honourable. It's not about being spanked/beaten, it's about fessing up and paying the cost. They could have, and likely would have, beaten Egwene for months had she not pleased them in how she conducted herself. Also, Egwene could have left, gone back to the white tower, without any reprisal and no one would have really cared. They would have dismissed her as another uncouth wetlander with no honour and that'd have been it. But she respected them enough that she had to pay the price for what she knew she did wrong.

 

As I've mentioned before, contrast that to Avi suggesting Elayne and Nynaeve pay off their toh to Mat and they scoff at the very idea of being hit in any way, and even the simple act of trying to be NICE to him, something they should do anyway, galls them both. If you want disgusting personalities, look to those two.

You are comparing apples and oranges here. Why should Nynaeve and Elayne accept Mat to beat them just because that's the Aiel custom? Neither of those three is Aiel, and this was a really dumb idea anyway. "You two were ungrateful to him so you should allow him to beat you up as compensation.". This doesn't make any sense.

 

On the other hand, Egwene freely agree to obey the Wise Ones during her training and then repeatedly and intentionally broker her promise to the Wise Ones, which is a really big deal in Randland, especially among the Aiel. Totally different situation.

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You asked for it!

Some reasons why I dislike our young Amyrlin, and some cons for balance:

I do not like the hypocrisy of flirting and giggling with Aram? (the mentally unstable tinker)and then being pissy with Rand. Con.: Stop complaining about a teenage girl having fun and being silly.

So you don't like realism? I mean every girl is perfectly rational all the time when it comes to boys right? Mmmhmm. Also, she WAS just having fun, it's not like she banged him, or was even necessarily interested. And she knows her own motivations, she can only guess at Rand's. And given his ultimate predicament of three girlfriends, I'm not sure she was far off the mark...

 

Where did he say he didn't like realism? Just because Egwene does something realistic doesn't mean it can't count as a reason to dislike her. If that were true, we'd have to like everybody in the real world because they're all acting realistic.

 

He basically she said in this circumstance she acted like a hypocrite which is one of the reasons he dislikes her. That can't just be written off as an unfair reason because the reason happens to be realistic. I don't hate Egwene, but there was the scene where Rand tells her he doesn't love her and she thinks to herself (paraphrasing) "Oh, how sweet, he's pretending he doesn't like me so I don't know how hurt he is at losing the most wonderful woman in the world--me." That's a realistic response someone might have, but it still made me want to bonk her on the head.

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I don't hate Egwene, but there was the scene where Rand tells her he doesn't love her and she thinks to herself (paraphrasing) "Oh, how sweet, he's pretending he doesn't like me so I don't know how hurt he is at losing the most wonderful woman in the world--me." That's a realistic response someone might have, but it still made me want to bonk her on the head.

If I recall, Rand thinks more or less the exact same thing about Egwene right before (or after). It made me want to bonk both of them on the head! But then, that happens pretty often to me when I read the Wheel of Time, so I got used to it a while ago ;p

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Ok, can a mod come close down this thread now? Thanks mostly everyone in the last page and a half for ignoring the OPs wishes of a non-bitchy-flaming discussion thread.

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Ok, can a mod come close down this thread now? Thanks mostly everyone in the last page and a half for ignoring the OPs wishes of a non-bitchy-flaming discussion thread.

 

Don't feel too bad, they all start heading that direction sooner or later. Honestly I was happy it stayed constructive for as long as it did.

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But I thought people had dozens other threads to do that... I just wanted an explanation, not a flame-war *sighs*

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[. . .]

 

Dude I miss your posts on this subject. Honestly the Egwene-bashing threads just aren't any fun without your participation. I'm not joking when I say that any thread I open here I always press ctrl + f and search for your name.

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Well if you want an explanation, here's one:

 

Rand is the HERO. We get mostly his PoV's at first, then we get mostly his PoV's in every situation he is. We see almost everything from his PoV for a few books. From the PoV of a guy who is going mad.

 

Lots of people never really manage to see the series from any other PoV, not really. They get stuck there.

 

Now Egwene dares think bad things about their hero. How COULD SHE?

 

Conclusion: Egwene = BAD. So let's start finding the reasons why.

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