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Why Wheel of Time Will be Better Than Game of Thrones

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Today’s post is likely going to set off a debate, but I’m going to throw my thoughts out there anyway. Which is better The Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones (yes, I know the book series has a different title but Thrones is synonymous and a better series title)? Will Wheel of Time do better on the screen than Game of Thrones? My answer is The Wheel of Time (find all 14 books at Amazon) for both and here’s why:

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The Wheel of Time is progressing toward release on Amazon Prime. I’m looking forward to the series because I loved the books so much. The fantasy series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson) is one of my personal top 5 fantasy series. The world is intricate and the story is over the top epic. The completion of the series outlasted Robert Jordan (note to self: don’t start a long series and write it slowly – anything can happen).

It’s my opinion that this series will be far better than Game of Thrones. Why? It’s also my opinion that Wheel of Time was planned and written much better than GoT. To my mind, the books of Thrones (Originally A Song of Fire and Ice) meandered too much and we never had truly central characters. I could never get invested in the series. In fact, the HBO series finished the the story before the last book was written. Why was the screen version so popular? Aside from a lot of sex scenes, there was a lot of intrigue and self-interest – much like a soap opera. I know many people got into watching but it just never struck a chord with me.

Why do I think Wheel of Time will do better. When it comes to WoT, there’s no need to change the name. All the books are finished so the production company can write episode scripts to the very end and start filming. It’s more likely to keep continuity. Only the pandemic gets in the way and other epic real-life events.

Aside from those reasons, the writing is better and the series is more organized – if you are patient. Patience is a key for readers of these two fantasy series for different reasons. WoT is long. GoT never finished in a suitable time. Wheel has characters in which you are invested. I know a lot of people think that killing so many characters in Thrones was great and there’s a point to that. However, I think Jordan accomplished far more with his characters than Thrones.

I once asked on my Twitter feed which was better. I never even got replies from Thrones fans while Wheel fans weighed-in with very solid reasons. If you’ve never read Wheel, you may think that Thrones covers a lot of cultures, people and territory. Wheel covers far more without getting rid of the characters.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that characters died with secrets and this caused turmoil in Thrones. It’s just that the same claims were made by other characters when warring over the throne of Westeros and that could have been done with Ned Stark for more than one book. With Wheel, everything is against Rand including himself. He has to forge relationships, alliances and discover secrets to his abilities with little help. Rand is constantly in a state of questioning any assistance that comes is way and runs through a series of approaches to achieving his goals. Meanwhile, it seems the fluid events of his world leave him constantly off balance as he must overcome his nemesis without losing himself and the world all over again.

Big task. Big events. Big backdrop. Lots of intrigue. Lots of self-interest. Lots of twists and turns. Getting to the end is so circuitous it’s hard to believe there is a satisfying conclusion. Thrones will seem askew by comparison for those who unfamiliar with Wheel. But WoT finishes with a large backdrop, lots of action and an end that makes sense to the reader.

One commenter to my Twitter question mentioned that he quit reading GoT books after the first one. Someone then told him that it got good by book four. He didn’t see the point in wading through three books that went nowhere. Each book of WoT has a point and takes you somewhere. Do you know what will happen, or do you know how a book fits? No, and that’s why you keep reading. However, you never feel like there’s no point and you don’t go so far and lose the story to other characters. The main characters keep surviving because of, well, fate, but you are always in grounded in the series without being set adrift.

So that’s my take on GoT versus WoT. I’m even thinking about re-reading the series as refresher. With so many books that could take a while since they take up most of a bookshelf on their own. But I always thought the series was worth reading in its entirety. I can say that, just as Lord of the Rings fans are loyal, Wheel of Time fans are very loyal. In fact, there are many loyal fans of Pern and other fantasy series which lie untapped by all the various production companies and many of these fantasy series from decades past will do very well on-screen.

Now it’s your turn. If you’ve read both series which one to do you favor and why? Do you think Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime will fare even better than Game of Thrones? Feel free to share your thoughts and answers, even debate away with each other. Thanks for reading this post today. Please share and reblog as you will and poke around the site some.

Fantasy Friday! Can Your Character Survive A Flaw?

These days, all characters have flaws be it physical, mental or emotional. So if you give your main character a flaw that is integral to your story can your character survive said flaw?

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George R. R. Martin gives us a great example in Tyrion from A Song of Fire and Ice series (better known as HBO’s Game of Thrones). He’s a dwarf with physical limitations to his legs. Not only this but he’s viewed negatively by most everyone around him because of his flaws. He even gains a few more during the course of the series through battle as well as toting a load of emotional baggage. As effective as this characterization is, could he actually survive this flaw as long as he has in real life?

FightingI’m glad you asked. There’s a more recent archaeological discovery that has subsequently brought just such a real-life case to light. Richard III of England’s grave was discovered under a parking lot 2011. For those who are unfamiliar with Richard, he died in the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 which pretty much ended the Wars of the Roses. One way he was identified was by a specific physical handicap – severe scoliosis or curvature of the spine. By severe I mean a 30% curvature – very noticeable. The unusual thing is that all accounts of the battle indicate that Richard fought with great skill and nearly won the battle. He unhorsed a jousting champion, killed Henry Tudor’s standard-bearer and almost killed Henry.

A recent episode of Secrets of the Dead actually examined whether Richard III could actually have functioned as a knight on the battlefield. They found a volunteer with very similar scoliosis and began to determine what his physical capabilities were. They realized that Richard would have needed specially designed armor and that the medieval saddle would have benefited him with greater support. In the show, they were able to outfit their volunteer and give him some basic training as a re-enactor. They were even able to show that Richard would have been able to ride in the charge and effectively use weaponry.

knights fightingHowever, physical limitations were also discovered. The re-enactor had less stamina due to the scoliosis affecting his ability to breathe well during exertion. In spite of Richard’s skills and training he may well have been just as limited.

Richard lost the battle for a number of reasons one of which was Lord Stanley’s failure to advance behind the initial charge. But Richard favored fast charges and ending battles quickly. If you lacked stamina for long physical exertions you would likely choose the same strategy. However, in this instance the charge actually took much longer. I could see Richard almost making it to victory only to be thwarted by his own malady as much as other circumstances. This one time, Richard likely misjudged the circumstances due to “the fog of war”. Had he known or thought it through better he might have chosen a different strategy. But maybe all outcomes would have been the same if Lord Stanley was indeed a traitor.

So as a writer of fantasy, I’m looking harder at my future characters and the flaws I can give them just to twist my plots tighter. Can my character’s survive their flaws? Will they be trapped into exposing their difficulties to enemies through lack of choices – political and otherwise? It’s certainly a way to add more spice to conflict in a story.

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