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  1. I agree with Thrasymachus, as they described Rand`s sexism. I also agree that the whole world of tWoT is full of various form of sexism and it is one of important aspect of “culture” in book. But that's also the problem I have with OP. Rand was raised to this perception in an environment where women showed their strength differently than on the battlefield. It's not his fault, that he carries such a view of the world with him. When we look at other characters of WoT, some of them with the ugliest possible approach to the opposite sex, why is Rand the one that OP chose as sexist?
  2. I will repost here my list from older version of this thread: https://dragonmount.com/forums/topic/55044-your-favourite-characters-top-ten/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-3949630 1. Rand al'Thor – "What kind of need would be great enough that we'd want the Dragon to save us from it? As well ask for help from the Dark One." Great character arc, honest and loyal in heart, sometime behave like moron, however, I understand me in most of such situation. 2. el'Nynaeve ti al'Meara – “Come over here a moment. There`s something I think you should see“ It appeared to be a bucket of extra water by the washstand. „Here. We`ll both kneel down so you can look.“ Elayne did, but there was nothing in bucket but her own reflection in the water, …. Compassion, loyalty. She remained herself, evolve only in wisdom. She was also the biggest women “badass”. 3. Elmindreda Farshaw - "Oh, no, sheepherder. Not good enough." She wriggled round on his lap in a way that made him clear his throat, and pinned a finger against his chest. "I want tears in your eyes when you say it. I want drool on your chin and a stammer in your voice. You needn't think I won't make you pay." Intelligent, independent, honest and caring. She was “ordinary” women, as well as special one. She save word more than in one way with her intelligence and caring, without army or one power. Some time I wish, Rand could avoid Elayne and Aviendha, when go for Nynaeve to Caemlyn. 4. al'Lan Mandragoran - “I am just a man,” Lan whispered. “That is all I have ever been.” He is Rock. I like how he disarm every bully when he just stand and look. As Min support and complement Rand, He support and complement Nynaeve. 5. Moiraine Damodred - "The wheel weaves as the wheel wills." Mystic, knowledgeable, She was intelligent, powerful and knowledgeable and fact, that she was able find limit of her power and knowledge do her the most intelligent character of WoT, do you agree Socrates? Space and weaving 6. Matrim Cauthon – I disliked him at beginning, but when Talmanes, Tylin and Tuon (3T) take him in “care”, I found his POV amusing and I can know him better. 7. Siuan Sanche – She keep fight until end found her “prince” before death. 8. Davram t'Ghaline Bashere – when The Wheel need some general for mad Dragon, It have to be somebody unique. Talmanes because his humour, Tam because his steadiness, Rodel Ituralde because small wolf cunning, Dobraine Taborwin because loyalty was so rare in land of Carhien.
  3. I labelled Halima base on sentence: “I remember this from the 90s) fear that straight men had that transgender women were going to somehow ‘trick’ them.” I don’t know enough about this problematic, to specify any name myself. I had to maybe avoid second word altogether.
  4. Characters spent a lot of time traveling in first book. It gives us time and space to get to know them, but it is also means less events. The WoT start to use switching between groups to skip less interesting traveling and when Rand find how to travel with saidin, it changes dynamic of books completely. Time spent with Rand and Mat gives as important pieces for their personalities, but It can be tedious at first, when you don’t look at such depth of character.
  5. I don’t think, that mistborn82 asked that Egwene should suffering PTSD from captivity. It serves more as example, where can Egwene arc get some humanity in. Egwene Mary Sue characteristic, and lack of empathy for her friend at the end, dehumanized her. It serves well for picture of Amrilyn, but It serves ill for her character arc. We see Nyn and Rand struggle with their demons, and it give their characters human side. Egwene miss this flavour and experience with Seanchan could serve here as well as something else.
  6. Nyn is in picture, not only because of her deeds, described in OP. She is second also in character development (after rand). Bela as creator can has accomplished most, but she didn’t developed, when she started already perfect. It takes her out of picture from the books point of view. Egwene accomplished a lot, but against mortal enemy, not against dark one or probability itself. Egwene also go in negative way of character development. She lost more then she took by her way.
  7. I would choose Highlander, but I had to go with Bayle Domon's aged grandmother. It was near enough.
  8. I like Moiraine and Siuan character, blue color and Blue Ajah moto as well. So, my answer is clear.
  9. I would point out to the author of OP that LTT led armies of light against the dark and totally screwed it up. If you put in Rand place somebody like Arthur, he'd screwed it up as well. Rand has a lot of weaknesses, but he's strong enough to deal with them. LTT may have had few weaknesses, but he was overwhelmed by them (arrogance for example).
  10. I'd just like to comment on paragraph abou Halima. The character of each person is composed of thousands of pieces. Sexuality defines only a few of them. Halima may be transgender, but she is also the Forsaken. She, like all Forsakens, creates the worst picture of what she can be. Just as Rahvin is an evil image of a heterosexual man and Lanfear is an evil image of a heterosexual woman, Halima can be nothing more than an evil image of transgender women.
  11. Many people here didn't understand the need to reduce the amount of scenes, not the amount of characters, to get the plot into the series. The moment we have reduced scenes, we find that we either don't need some characters at all or we don't need to name them. Do it the other way around, get rid of the characters and find ways to keep the story together... I do not find very wise. Let's imagine, for example, a scene where Rand meet 7 High Lords of Tear. Replacing it with a scene with one or two Lords affects story how? To me, it feels like a low-budget substitute. Just highlight one lord with extensive dialogue, the other two lords will have minor replicas. Extras may then represent the other four lords without a name, but they will still be present. As for Egeanin. Egeanin does not do any heavy lifting in the story, when she bears any name. However, she regularly participates in many scenes of the main characters, some of which are essential. Less important scenes can be discarded, OK. Her performance in the essential scenes can be replaced by someone else. But why should the creators do that? It won't save time, because scenes are essential, and someone has to play her part. Then why can't it be Egeanin herself, who play her part? This applies to a variety of supporting characters who participate on the main story lines. There won't be only 20 characters on the show, the rest extras and CGI. Somebody can be main Lord, other can be two other lords and rest character can be extras. I see Egeanin as main lord or two o support lords, not as extras.
  12. I don't understand why so many fans want to cut different characters right away. You don't need to cut Jaichim Carridin, just get rid of his POVs. Whitecloks will appear in the book, why should one of them not be named Jaichim Carridin and be in the places where he was. If the corresponding arcs of the main characters do not change. Bayle Domon and Egeanin are in similari situation, if we keep the arcs of the main characters, then these characters will be there and can be called Bayle Domon and Egeanin. All you have to do is get rid of their separate chapters. Another case is Berelain, which somebody want to get rid of in another thread. If we remove her, we will not gain any time. She is part of the arcs of the main characters. We can reduce her action by reducing Perin arc (saving of Faile) and not cut her whole off. Cuting is meant to reduce time, and if we don't want to reduce the main arcs, we can't get rid of the characters that appear on them. This does not mean that we cannot reduce their occurrence beyond the main arcs.
  13. I agree, the Well is in the habit of compensating for the Dark one's interventions as soon as its direct influence wears off. That would mean a sharp turn for the better after the Last Battle. In addition, people are now motivated to showcase the best in them.
  14. After the conquest of Cairhien, Rand did not trust any of the local nobles. Dobraine would be a bad replacement. Suitable replacement would certainly be found for all her tasks. Appropriate replacement in stable roles can be more difficult. The whole thing is to have fewer actors, not more. The moment you hire an actress to push Elayne to try to seduce Rand, it can be anyone, even First of Mayene. Elayne can also get into the action without pushing. The Cairhienins may accept Aiel as steward, and Faile can be jealous without rival. None of this breaks the story. But does it help anything?
  15. I agree that Berelain is a character that can be cut off. However, she has an influence on the story. Although it does not fundamentally affect events, she quite often affects events of a local nature. All her actions can be attributed to someone else. As a result, it may be easier to leave her at serial than to replace her in ten different places.
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