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Video of Brandon reading AMoL opening at LibertyCon


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Here's a video I took at LibertyCon of Brandon reading the AMoL opening again:

http://youtu.be/Vde9xwGImwk

No new text (he actually stops a few paragraphs short) but he does talk about about why he structured the scene as he did. Sorry for the shakiness, it was taken on my iPhone (my arms were pretty sore near the end!). After this but not on video he read the entire prolouge of Steelheart, a novel coming out next year. He seemed real excited about it, saying that it just sold at auction for "a bunch of money".

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So, the last wind scene. I spent a long time thinking about this one, and what I would do with this, because Jim had intended one book, so from the notes you can guess that there was only one wind scene indicated, and I had three to do, because of three books, and it felt very appropriate for me, as I was going over it, to have the wind come out of the Two Rivers. It felt appropriate to me; it felt thematic with the first book—if you go back and look at the wind scene from the first book—and I actually had it blow across the course of book one, basically. We don't get all the way up where book one is, but we head out to Caemlyn, and then they kind of veer off. The point of this scene is kind of...again, it set everything that's been happening—where we are, and what's going on—but I also felt that this is a book of contrasts. This is a book of stark, stark whites and deep, deep blacks. It's named A Memory of Light for that reason, and so I wanted to end the scene at Rand laughing, with warm light spilling out of his tent, and that's kind of what we've got going on there—the contrast that's going on in this land—and there is this pool of light right there, represented in him, and that's our metaphor for this whole book: death, destruction, and the Dragon Reborn.

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Pretty clear now that the title A Memory Of Light refers to Rand. Truly fascinating and kinda makes me feel that this is going to be a very dark and painful book.

 

"He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind, was gone."

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Pretty clear now that the title A Memory Of Light refers to Rand. Truly fascinating and kinda makes me feel that this is going to be a very dark and painful book.

Oh gosh I'm tearing up. Memory of light, memory of Rand. Crap. Bloody hell I'm gonna love this book.

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