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Herid: @dragonmount Dragontmount is now a complete @BrandSanderson bashing ground. This is becoming unbearable. what happened? was not so last year Brandon: @heridfan It's unfortunate, but natural. I've grown popular enough that some people say my wot books are better than RJ's, which isn't tru @heridfan The hardcore fans then feel the need to point out the flaws in my efforts, and many things they say are true. So there we have it. Apparently we're reacting in a jealous rage to the suggestion that Brandon's books are better than RJ's. I'm so glad to finally have my reasoning explained to me. This from a man who hides himself from critiques wrapped in kiddy gloves that he himself requested, which leave me wondering where precisely this keen insight came from. Still, you will note Brandon is kind enough to concede that we do use some truth in persuing our loyalist agenda--so at the least he grants our criticism efficacy, if not legitimacy. On a more serious note, the few times I have seen people suggest that Brandon's books are better than RJ's they have backed the comment with sound reasoning--increase in plot, heightened action sequences, the use of overtly intelligent witty banter. I can understand these positions, and appreciate the style of story that these people are seeking, and have thus been enjoying, with neither rancor, nor any sense that something blasphemous has been said. They leave me with no desire to drive Brandon into the dirt, nor have I seen--or had to stop--other posters from reacting with rancor. This all sounds baldly like self-rationalisation. A small select group blowing minor (but admittedly real) flaws out of proportion in a misguided attempt at loyalty to Jordan is a much easier thing to swallow than the idea that the criticism might have truth in both the specifics and in the degree of its existence.