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  1. No Philip Pullman? I will be returning with a list later on ?
  2. I realized I hadn't answered the question about whether I had been tempted to (what? Fight?) by a ring or shawl. I didn't really understand the question xD
  3. When it comes to jobs, I handle it well. I know there are always others, as or more qualified than me. They might have been looking for something else. I am sad I didn't get the job, but I don't let it get to me - it doesn't make me doubt my qualifications, or anything like that. Sometimes, on the contrary, I feel as though I am more qualified than the person who gets the job. Then I conclude they might be looking for a full package / combo I can't offer. Romantically, well... does anyone handle that well? Of course, you tackle it. I hate whiners about these things (and guys complaining about being "friendzoned") because I don't think anyone is entitled to love or attention, regardless of how nice they are, or how outgoing, how hot etc. I handle rejection in the sense that I don't get all angry and demand for the person to be with me - I understand very readily that they are not interested if they express it. My main problem is that I avoid rejection, by not expressing it. If friendzone was an actual thing, I could write a book about it - guys always see me as a friend, a buddy (ironically, often the same guys who complain that this or that person doesnt notice them or think of them that way. Wonder how that feels like...). Which is not all bad, I have always had many male friends, and am very happy about being friends with both sexes. Guys also tell me stuff, like about girls they like, asking me for advice etc. Most of the time I don't think about us being different sexes at all. Yet, I never really tell them how I feel. Ask why guys always see me as friend. Tell that one person that I might feel a flutter in the stomach over. I don't want to ruin anything. In short, I think most of them don't even see me as a girl interested in sex or romance with anyone, because I am so private about those things. That is my way of rejecting rejection - just, trying to not get in those situations. Never telling anyone what I feel. I have hooked up with guys, on my own initiative, but never guys I already know. I think there is just a very certain aspect of the male society who could like me in the first place, and I know most of them already and am not interested.
  4. @Faroresdragn You are forgetting that the AOL is in our future. A hyper-modern world. Sure, they relied on magic, but they had cars, planes, tall buildings, you name it, things that show they understood the laws of physics. The Randland in the book is equal to the middle ages, but the age the Forsaken left when the Bore was drilled, was a futuristic one.
  5. I both liked it and disliked it. I dislike that kind of coy disinterest that Faile worked at for a while, and the rigid gender roles she wanted in the relationship. But, if you ask me, the annoying part of the storyline was when they were NOT together. Because then they would constantly think about each other and try to get back to each other. But just the other night, I read a scene in the tent shortly after Faile and the others had escaped the Shaido camp, she and Perrin had had sex and he fell asleep, and Faile was awake, looking at him. That scene was actually really great, it added something to their relationship for me. It was so... intimate, showed a new side of Faile, and was quite relatable for anyone who's ever been in an "adult" relationship. In that moment, I felt that Jordan (or Sanderson, actually not sure who wrote that scene, seems they both wrote some in this book) showed a rare proficiency for writing relationships that seemed real.
  6. It's difficult to choose :P I love the Harry Potter series, and think those will follow me throughout life. Except for that, I'm not sure I can say I have any definitive favourites.
  7. Probably the Blue, but that might be because I love both Moiraine and Siuan, and they were both Blue. I also like they Yellow, though, I respect their attitude to healing instead of destruction and they managed to stay out of a lot of the "drama" in the Tower.
  8. Yes and no - they don't really read that much on their spare time xD but we were always surrounded by books, yes, and thety were very serious about reading for us as we grew up.
  9. I am on book 12 now, and I have to say, I don't really see what everyone hates about book 7-11. A lot of important things happen in those books: Egwene becoming Amyrlin, the battles against the Seanchan really kicking off, the cleanse of the taint, the weather thing... I didn't really find them slowpaced. The prologue to 12 was maybe the worst this far for me :P (also because transitioning to Sanderson's writing did take some time). Sure, there were parts that could've been cut in all those books, but that's true of all the books.
  10. My two cents about the White Tower: - As others have mentioned, they are a conservative institution. And they are NOT interested in enlightening the people. They are perfectly happy with being an intellectual elite. Hell, they don't even want all the sisters to know what there is to know. If they had started schools and shared their knowledge, society would be much more progressive and "further along". But they don't want to. - People forget that human society was basically the same from ancient times until the late 1700s. Of course, this is simplified. But from the moment humans started to settle down in cities and grow the land, their society developed a lot compared to the hunter/gatherer variety they used to live in, but not all that much until the next technological revolution. Which took thousands of years. Of course, it wasn't like society didn't develop at all in this interim. But if you really look at it, there wasn't really that much separating ancient Rome from 17th-century France (except that Rome's military actually was pretty good for a while). The introduction of Christianity and Islam, which united societies that had previously been divided between various small pagan religions, was of course also important for the development of larger societies - much like the Seanchan managed to rule a whole continent through a combo of military force and religious control. - The White Tower know that their airs of mystics and manipulation is what gives them the position they have. If they gave this up to try to work together to create a better society, they would lose a lot of their power. - They have also stagnated. If you look at their records, the WT used to be much more powerful. At the start of the series, their numbers have dwindled and they are essentially "dying" as an institution. Less channeling people in the gene pool because of the Red Ajah's culling, growing distrust of the WT which led to many people avoiding to send their channelers there, and internal conservatism which prevented new thoughts (like Egwene's thought of letting everyone who can channel join, regardless of age or "race") were some of the reasons. Most of the AS alive don't know about their rich history. They have forgotten what a force the AS used to be. Not even everyone in the Brown Ajah knows about some of the feats (and failures) of the tower. The secrecy also shrouds the tower itself. As fewer and fewe AS know about this stuff, fewer and fewer also pass the knowlegde on. As for the rest of society: well, Ishamael, and the nobility's wish to keep their positions were essential. They knew if they let people go about their lives and made sure the poorest also stood a chance to get something to eat, people wouldn't really care about who was in control.
  11. It makes sense that the "point zero" for something, is actually zero. Like temperature. When water freezes, it is a logical starting point. To have that be "32" on a temperature system, that's just odd. :P Why have a system completely different from the rest of the world, complicating things for you AND them? Isn't it good if the "common people" understands what their doctor or teacher is talking about? I don't know, the metric system seems more logical and natural to me, everything so "clean" with 10 as the basis for the metric system, etc., compared to the US system, which just seems chaotic. But yes, I guess it depends on what you are used to. For the same reason, Amerian recipes irritate me - I want precise measurements! I have no idea how to translate a "cup of". Of course, when I've made a dish a few times, I can just try different things, but if it's the first time I'm making it, especially if I am serving it to someone, I want to make sure I make everything right. The American system seems more "sloppy" in a way. But if "a cup" is an actual, verifiable measurement, then I suppose it's different. I always assumed it was less of a set amount.
  12. Hello! I am on my field trip round. I really relate to what you write in the post about the Red Ajah. I have always been myself, unapolegetically. I was the one to always discuss with my teachers and my parents and every other authority figure, yet they somehow ended up liking me, because I showed so much interest! I have never shied from sharing my opinion, or been afraid to stand up for something. What angers me most about this world sometimes is all the apathy in it, all the people not caring, not wanting to care. I am a very principled person, which has rubbed some people the wrong way, even friends. But my principles, morals and ideas represent my core. It is who I am. I have never been afraid to be alone, I like myself, and enjoy my own company. I have always been a feminist, aswell, and don't have much patience with douchy guys. But I never liked the Red Ajah of the books, not just with their misandry, but their general power thirst and inability to understand other people's views (it's possible to understand it, even if you disagree). Then again, maybe the books weren't fair with the Red, but their main purpose in the books was to hunt down men who could channel... who had never chosen to be who they were. It is difficult to get over that book version of the Ajah, even if this version seems great!
  13. I think the magic in some fictional worlds is that they still resemble ours. That's why we can relate to them, even though they're foreign. And that's why the fictional worlds need flawed characters, too. Personally, Harry Potter is probably the one I have gotten the most into. I never really create new stories based on the story I read in books, though. In a way, those are already "perfect". When it comes to TV shows, I create my own "episodes" all the time. Don't really know why one thing feels natural, and the other doesn't.
  14. Hi! I am new here, currently doing my WT/DM class. I have an assignment to post in each of the field trips thread, but I was really happy when I saw this one, because I love books and good stories in general! I grew up with two librarians as parents, so I suppose I was "damaged" from birth (or blessed, as I see it). I love to read a lot of different stuff, if I have any reading new year's resolutions, it would probably be to read a bit more nonfiction. I have a lot of nonfiction books, but every time I begin to read them, I get derailed by all the wonderful stories out there... Reality is great, and this world is fascinating, but why live in this world when you can live in a world with magic and DRAGONS, amirite?
  15. Natalie Dormer. I imagine her mainly as Egwene in some ways, actually, but as a blonde girl she looks more like Elayne or Birgitte. I think she could play both of those.
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