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Nick Trano

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  1. You're kind of screwing yourself, man. Stormlight Archive and Mistborn are some damn good pieces of fantasy - assuming of course you break that I-don't-care barrier you find at the start of every fantasy book. One really cool thing about his stories is that they're all connected in an overarching universe, and one character actually appears in every single one of his stories manipulating events for his own ends. There's also, of course, the fact that Sanderson actually knows how to write a working magic system that's logical and not overpowered. Unlike a certain somebody we all know and love..
  2. Education has always been a bit wonky in Wheel of Time. The fact that Egwene learns how to be smarter and better at everything than women who've spent decades if not centuries plotting and learning, and in less than two years, should tell you that. Best way to look at it is to just accept that Robert Jordan left a few holes here and there. Also, "only 3000 years ago." lolwat?
  3. I hope all people who like Egwene get these tattoos. Fair warning for the rest of us. :P
  4. Not really. When I'm reading, I usually just read in my own voice. Olde, don't worry - you're mostly normal.
  5. Meh, they're just kind of boring looking. If you're self conscious about being seen reading a book with a merry band of adventurers on the front, just take the dust jacket off your hardcover and boom - mature, respectable-looking reading material.
  6. I think the hating Rand thing was actually rather realistic. It's hard to let something go when you've been holding onto it for so long. Hell, it's the same reason that when people are presented with contradicting evidence of their beliefs they don't immediately drop them. You keep believing what you believe because you're used to it. Eventually Gawyn was hating Rand simply because Gawyn hated Rand - his mother was a thin justification. We all do it, it's just easier to recognize in others.
  7. Heh. My name's Nick Trano. And I wanted a typical fantasy name. We're all a bit narcissistic.
  8. Really? I'd see Bill Adama as being Gareth Bryne. Mat's totally the Starbuck from the old series though.
  9. Rulers expect to be obeyed in matters of state, yes. Good rulers don't expect even their closest friends to be slaves to their every whim and desire. There's a difference between Stalin and Roosevelt.
  10. Heh, the sheer number of LOTR movies and video games, as well as the fact that a giant chunk of modern fantasy literature is in some way or another derived from it makes it a bit difficult to compare with Wheel of Time. Wheel of Time is one series, Lord of the Rings is practically the entire fantasy genre. But even so, Lord of the Rings has had a ridiculous amount of new content added. And these forums are very slow.
  11. You know Randlander, I rarely find a man worthy of respect around here. You are one such man. I salute you. EDIT: Although I don't think Gawyn is so much stupid as experiencing the unfortunate results of his ridiculously retarded upbringing.
  12. I'll admit it was a bit of a hyperbolic term, but I think the argument in its entirety didn't really lean in the direction you were interpreting. *eye roll because I'm clearly the smartest guy in the room*
  13. Yes you did. See, I said most fan fiction writers, as they get better, move into creating their own worlds. What I didn't say, is "most current writers were once fan fiction writers but they got better." I don't think the difference is very subtle, but if you want I could go smack my face into a brick wall a few times and then come back to check. :P
  14. When did I ever say it was a crucial stepping stone, or at least imply that it is unique in that aspect or of particular importance over other forms of writing? If you're implying that practicing dialogue and description is somehow bad... well, that's a bit strange. Any form of writing is a crucial stepping stone to writing. Fan fiction is writing with water wings. They can come off when you learn how to swim. Here's a list of authors you're probably aware of who wrote fan fiction, found it on Google pretty quickly. Orson Scott Card, among others, wrote several works of fan fiction. He
  15. George R. R. Martin is the quickest example. Although, his route was a bit less fan fiction in the modern sense. He wrote a few original stories and then was hired to write stories about real super heroes. I suppose I could go root around for other examples if you care enough. EDIT: Also apparently Orson Scott Card on a quick google search.
  16. Yeah, you missed out on some choice insults. I think you defeated your own argument though - most fan fiction writers as they get better move into creating their own worlds. That's really the biggest reason I care about the issue. Fan fiction, like role play, is a kiddie pool where you learn before diving off the deep end. It is important for communities, and the original author's vision doesn't matter one bit to me if somebody else's is better, but the best defense of fan fiction is as a training ground for the authors of tomorrow. I don't particularly like fan fiction, I just keep being
  17. [Removed]. Of course Mat is going to notice Elayne's breasts or Aviendha's legs. He's a dude. And a total horn dog at that who finds a new chick to bang in every village. Just because he notices, "Hey, the queen of Andor is kind of hot," doesn't mean that he's planning on stealing Rand's wife away from him. *This post emasculated by the jerk who spent the whole series hiding in Shara*
  18. You're not making any sense. Fan fiction does not hurt authors, it just doesn't. It's the literary equivalent of people making fan-made trailers for movies they like. If you come across a fan trailer (or fan fiction) and like it without seeing the original source material, nine times out of ten you (if you're an intelligent, normal human being) will go read the original. I've already purchased all fourteen (well, sixteen counting New Spring and the encyclopedia) Wheel of Time books. If someone writes decent fan fiction and I read it, I have not stolen any money from Jordan's widow. The simple
  19. So wait... "Fans may be better writers than the original author, and this is dangerous." How is that a bad thing? If I can read a better version of Wheel of Time damn right I will. I'm loyal to the story, not the author.
  20. RJ was just really, really bad with spelling names. No native English speaker would pronounce this stuff the way he does.
  21. Pretty sure Damer Flinn loses an entire arm, not just a hand. In the last battle.
  22. I actually like Shawn-chan, personally. Oh! Fail. Not Fuh-yeel. Let's be honest, my pronunciation speaks more to the character anyways. ;)
  23. The black tower, post last battle. Least pretentious place in the world, with the best healthcare and standard of living.
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