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Public to honor Robert Jordan.



I just discovered today that Robert Jordan, the author of the The Wheel of Time series, has died. Apparently he died on Sunday, September 16. I can't believe I didn't hear it in the news or anything. http://www.dragonmount.com/RobertJordan/

I began reading Wheel of Time in junior high when my friend Camellia recommended them to me. I had not enjoyed any fantasy books other than Lord of the Rings because I found them mostly predictable and uninteresting. This series was different. I was immediately hooked.

Wheel of Time is SPRAWLING. To date, there are eleven 1000+ page books written, plus a prequel. That's a lot to discuss! Camellia and talked theories all the time, much like everyone did/does with Harry Potter. Is Rand really the Dragon Reborn? What is Moiraine hiding? Why does Perrin love Faile when she's so annoying? This wonderful series was also one of the things that led me to my first boyfriend - he read the books too and we spent many a lunch at the picnic tables by the C building talking about Robert Jordan's rich world. Recently, I introduced my brother to the books. He's only made it to book six so far. They take years to read.

I don't know what will happen to the series now that he is gone. His family says he has told them the major plot points and they will attempt to finish it for him, but I can't imagine it will be the same. I feel bad for all of the times I criticized him for taking so long with Book Twelve. I didn't realize he was having such serious health problems. I feel even worse that I didn't go to his panel at Comic-Con 2006. It was an inconvenient day for me and I just figured I would catch him another year. I'm deeply saddened by this great loss - for myself, for his family and friends, and for the literary world.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and go.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

Date: 2007-09-27 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 592311.livejournal.com
Aw, that's so awful. I definitely will have to pick that series up. Authors are so amazing. Why don't they get glomped with amazing fame instead of good-for-nothings like Paris Hilton. *sigh*

Date: 2007-09-28 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandymitchell.livejournal.com
Because the media likes to cover shock value just to win ratings. -_-

Date: 2007-09-27 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amiyuy.livejournal.com
I saw on his site last year that he was ill, I honestly had forgotten. :( How sad.

I still have one of yours zomg. XD Tore is living with his parents out in Beaumont, and I'm heading out there again Friday after work, maybe we could meet-up sometime this weekend if only so I can give you that damn book. XD

Date: 2007-09-28 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandymitchell.livejournal.com
Because I was a big fantasy reader, I tried to read the Wheel of Time series but I couldn't get into after reading two chapters. Those 1000+ page novels seemed like an impossible task to complete, especially since I'm a slow reader. For some odd reason, every person who I knew who read the series was a guy probably because they can relate to the main character. (But that's not to say that there might be other female fans out there too.)
As for the Harry Potter series, it seems like 99% of the Harry Potter meetups I've attended comprise mainly of women!
That's such a bummer that Robert Jordan didn't get to complete the series. I always wondered when the series was ever going to end. My condolence to him.

Date: 2007-09-28 09:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llilith.livejournal.com
Oh Courtney! I'm really sorry about this ;__; I know how much you loved Wheel of Time and I'm really sad to hear this. I told Brian and he was really shocked by it too.

I hope they end it well ;__; <3

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