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Re: I covered a lot of this in my reply to Joe above. Legolas Send a noteboard - 22/11/2021 10:05:32 PM

View original postWhat about the introduction of Thom Merillin in the show versus in the books? In the show he essentially robs Mat as compared in the books when he is already in Edmond's field and joins them in their departure. Or how that community was even presented with the dead person in the cage. And that barmaid and Mat making a joke to Rand about taking turns having sex with her. Though granted Mat is already under the influence of the dagger here.

The dead person in the cage was a somewhat more morbid version of the incident in the books, indeed... which also happens only two books later, but guess they have to accelerate the timeline - I read something about meeting Aviendha as early as season two, so yeah. If the theory about them dropping the Seanchan entirely is right, they could skip huge parts of tGH and essentially combine books two and three in the second season. If it's not... then not sure how that's supposed to work.

Anyway, ok, I'll buy this version of Thom as being more 'GoTish' than 'LotRish', I suppose. I mostly liked the whole barmaid plotline, as I mentioned to Joe (that's what I was referring to with the thing that would've involved nudity in GoT, in case it wasn't clear).

View original postAnd something like the burning of the Aes Sedai by the Whitecloaks. It's been nine years since I read the books but I thought our first introduction to them was via the Perrin and Egwene subplot after their departure from Shadar Logoth.

It is, yes. The Whitecloaks, when you think about them in the books, do get an inordinate amount of time and attention for ultimately being as useless as they are - more an illustration of hypocrisy than anything else. It makes sense that an adaptation would either cut them or make them a more scary adversary. I won't say it doesn't bug me, but it does make sense...
View original postThe violence is a feeling that this show is creating. This is a brutal world. Yes, the dark one is rising but I am not sure it was this way in the books. And therein lays the difference in the Tolkien------Martin continuum.

The books are violent enough themselves... perhaps less so the first one, but there's plenty of nasty stuff when you start keeping track. If they want to be as gratuitous as GoT and include explicit torture scenes, random senseless killings aplenty, and so on - they can. As far as I'm concerned, so far I haven't seen them going out of their way to do that.
View original postSnyder was not the director for the two Wonder Woman movies or Aquaman - thought he was a producer on them. And it shows for all 3 movies you mentioned. But you are right that the tone wouldn't have suited WOT. I am giving binary examples of Tolkien and Martin but it's a continuum and Jordan is closer to Tolkien on that line. But the show is closer to Martin. And I feel that difference and see that difference.

Fair enough.
View original postI know we are in 2021. I know that what was written in 1990 can be different. And I am not speaking to any of the gender updates which I am either neutral on or like slightly more or like slightly less depending on which one we are discussing.

Well, that's not the only thing in the popular taste that changed in the meantime. Another big one, for instance, would be more interest in moral ambiguity - having heroes who aren't as unfailingly noble as the LotR ones largely are, some exceptions notwithstanding. And bad guys who have more of a motivation than just being evil - like the aforementioned barmaid. The Tolkien lore that Amazon picked for their other big fantasy show is also some that has the most space for moral ambiguity, with Numenor's slow moral downfall.
View original postI am just talking about creating a Fantasy show through the lens of Game of Thrones being popular and thinking that is what will sell and be more popular. But the LOTR films were also popular and sold well. So I dont think we are getting the feel of the books the way we should be getting them. I am not as anti the show as Joe or Mike or Tom. I am still mostly neutral/slight dislike and will give the first season a watch so I can better see how it develops.

Yeah, I know. We don't really disagree much about the quality of the show, it's not like I find it that great so far, either. Mostly the disagreement is about to what extent they are imitating GoT - in my view, not that much.
View original postAnd btw, you are right about Nynaeve. She is one of my favorites in the book. I love her character actually. And what the show is doing to her/with her shows a complete disregard for the character from the books.

It's just plain stupid more than it's really going against character - they do depict her as stubborn, hotheaded, brave to the point of recklessness, protective of her charges, very into healing, all the major elements are there. So I'm not too worried that they're screwing up her character, just offended by how dumb all that stuff of her capture by a Trolloc, her miraculous escape and then that whole interaction with Lan was.

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Respectable Choice - 22/11/2021 01:39:37 AM 285 Views
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Too bad! - 22/11/2021 02:59:24 PM 235 Views
A reasonable decision. - 22/11/2021 02:15:23 AM 370 Views
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Sanderson's providing some kind of running commentary... which does contain criticism. - 23/11/2021 07:59:10 PM 255 Views
Yes, I saw his comments on reddit. - 23/11/2021 09:41:33 PM 296 Views
Great read, thanks so much for posting! - 26/11/2021 05:54:06 PM 264 Views
Glad to hear it. - 26/11/2021 07:10:34 AM 328 Views
Good, those changes seem completely unnecessary and pointless. *NM* - 26/11/2021 05:43:39 PM 153 Views
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Eh, I think you give them too much slack. - 22/11/2021 02:33:04 PM 264 Views
It's possible I'll agree with that after having seen more episodes... - 22/11/2021 03:04:54 PM 264 Views
That's a big "if'. - 22/11/2021 03:31:11 PM 259 Views
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My work here is done! *NM* - 22/11/2021 04:01:43 PM 148 Views
Yes, it is a big 'if'. I guess I'm an optimist? - 22/11/2021 04:17:41 PM 253 Views
Agreed on - - 22/11/2021 05:27:28 PM 269 Views
Yes - neat addition, I thought, as is the map with the comments. - 22/11/2021 08:37:19 PM 247 Views
I liked the maps too! - 22/11/2021 09:36:09 PM 258 Views
Where are the extras ? :o *NM* - 23/11/2021 05:42:40 AM 143 Views
Via X-Ray --> Bonus Content *NM* - 23/11/2021 02:29:59 PM 143 Views
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Apparently some people need to download the Amazon Prime app to be able to see them. - 23/11/2021 08:22:31 PM 231 Views
Thanks - 24/11/2021 07:14:01 AM 268 Views
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Re: So, doesn't suck nearly as much as some other shows? I can accept that. - 22/11/2021 02:11:57 PM 297 Views
I couldn't possibly disagree more. - 22/11/2021 03:11:32 PM 270 Views
#Justice4AbellCauthon - 22/11/2021 03:32:41 PM 280 Views
I'm kind of happy for you. - 22/11/2021 02:37:46 PM 238 Views
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The problem with the show is - 22/11/2021 03:10:17 PM 287 Views
Well said! *NM* - 22/11/2021 03:17:18 PM 173 Views
Girl, you ain't lyin' with any of that. *NM* - 22/11/2021 03:23:42 PM 144 Views
I covered a lot of this in my reply to Joe above. - 22/11/2021 04:36:38 PM 252 Views
Re: I covered a lot of this in my reply to Joe above. - 22/11/2021 05:24:38 PM 246 Views
Re: I covered a lot of this in my reply to Joe above. - 22/11/2021 10:05:32 PM 239 Views
Just came across a related article... - 23/11/2021 06:23:31 PM 261 Views
Madden's read to book 11, apparently - 24/11/2021 02:57:46 AM 235 Views
Oh has she? Must've changed her mind since the earlier interview, then... and read quickly. - 24/11/2021 08:17:24 AM 259 Views
Re: Oh has she? Must've changed her mind since the earlier interview, then... and read quickly. - 26/11/2021 10:44:58 PM 244 Views
Let’s see if I got this right… - 27/11/2021 12:58:52 AM 240 Views
That about sums it up, yeah! *NM* - 27/11/2021 03:38:18 PM 130 Views
After all this time, you still can't handle the quoting system? - 27/11/2021 09:21:42 PM 214 Views
And they screwed that up so far! GOT..... - 23/11/2021 01:19:19 AM 227 Views
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For my favorite well read pooch - 22/11/2021 05:03:55 PM 321 Views
I didn't make it more than 2 minutes into episode 1. - 22/11/2021 05:41:56 PM 286 Views
Wow, my paisan’ makes an appearance! Long time no talk, my friend. *NM* - 22/11/2021 06:36:54 PM 143 Views
Yeah it's been a while. - 22/11/2021 06:58:47 PM 228 Views
I don't understand this take - 22/11/2021 07:02:12 PM 286 Views
Re: I don't understand this take - 22/11/2021 07:15:42 PM 248 Views
the opening bothered me a little as well. - 22/11/2021 07:25:20 PM 258 Views
Re: the opening bothered me a little as well. - 23/11/2021 06:29:25 PM 269 Views
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Saidin and Saidar are in the show - 24/11/2021 03:00:50 AM 224 Views
According to the Dragonmount YouTube review as of the end of episode 6 it’s still just One Power *NM* - 24/11/2021 04:34:32 AM 124 Views
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Fair enough - 24/11/2021 09:02:50 AM 252 Views
I interpreted it differently - 23/11/2021 06:23:56 PM 274 Views
Re: I interpreted it differently - 23/11/2021 07:36:31 PM 231 Views
With regards to the pacing - 24/11/2021 07:29:36 AM 228 Views

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