Fantasist & Futurist
- Nov 23, 2002
If, as Adam Roberts suggests, WOT is of poor quality but is loved basically because it is very long and has kept a lot of people busy, that's worrying for a writer of fantasy.
I'd definitely recommend you try reading Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series, if nothing else to help make your own mind up while widening your fantasy reading to see what works and what doesn't. Personally, it didn't work for me because I found it too derivative of LOTR - however, that complaint aside, it was a very richly painted world, and as Arette mentioned, there was a lot of variation in characters that is not easily found in other books. I could certainly appreciate its appeal, especially the promise of all the plus points carried over a very long and involved story