So the Wheel of Time teaser trailer dropped today. I am one of the very few fantasy book readers that have never read the series, although I now know a few more. My main reasoning is that I didn’t care for reading for most of my life (I know, I’m sorry) until just a few years ago. which means I missed out on A LOT of classics growing up.
I read Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for the very first time in 2021, at the age of 35. Like I mentioned above, I’ve never read a single book from The Wheel of Time, or Malazan, Realm of the Elderlings, Rick Riordan, Dresden Files, Forgotten Realms, and many more that others have been able to read through the years because I started so late in life.
I have thought about it on several occasions to start reading The Wheel of Time books, but every time it’s own fans end up talking me out of it while they are trying to get me to read it. This is a massive series with some pretty tome sized books within it. What I keep hearing over and over is that there are several books, in a row, that are boring…but to keep pushing through because it gets a lot better after those couple of books.
Several weeks ago, Amazon had a sale on the first 5 ebooks of WoT, so I bought them. I had planned to start reading them because, well, I bought them, and I also didn’t want to be on the outside of the circle once the show aired. Despite purchasing them, I still find myself questioning if I should do it or not.
David S of Fanfiaddict posted a great article: Embracing the DNF, and that really helped me with the decision I had been battling. Do I read it, or do I leave it?
If you are on the fence about reading it or have decided not to, I hope this has helped you out in some way. As for me, with a heavy heart to those that have read it or plan on reading it, I have decided that the best thing for me is to forgo the books and go blind into the tv series. I may miss out on a lot of the details that Robert Jordan created in his series, but at 36 years old, time is of the essence and I don’t really want to have to trod through a couple books to get to the good stuff, when there are tons of other books that are waiting for me to find them and experience their gloriousness.