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But oh, these women are so annoying,
This review is from: The Shadow Rising: Book 4 of the Wheel of Time: 4/12 (Mass Market Paperback)
I enjoyed Books 1,2,3 and even 4. The story is good, even if it sometimes feels like the Lord of Ring, but I would have enjoyed them much more if it was not for the women's characters, especially Nynaeve, Eugwene and Elayne. I understand the need for strong women characters/heroins in a book, women power and all, but the women in The Wheel of Time are something else. They have no sense of humour, and they take everything personally when no offense is meant. They are insufferable ''know it all'' , never accepting they can be wrong and very derogatory to men and of course, never accepting advice from others (and surely not from men), but they still moon about men when no one sees them and plot how to get them. The only one I like, really, is Moiraine Sedai. I cannot understand why the author has made it that she is so hated, because she is actually cool, brainy and sensible. I have managed to stand them all in the first 3 books, but in book 4 I have found myself skipping huge chunks of reading just to get away from reading for a zillion times : ''wool brained man, mule headed man, Men! fools, fool men etc.. and of course, not to forget Nynaeve's braids yanking and pulling when she is angry (which is nearly all the time). I wonder if the author really thought that all women are like them.
I have not discussed the story because other reviewers have done better than me, but this was my opinion about the women characters. It is a shame that so many characters ruin a good story in some way. I could deal with one or two, but nearly the lot of them? Obviously, I like to see strong women characters in books, but when they intelligent, sensible and fair. Nynaeve, Elayne and Eugwene in particular could take a lesson from the Taming of the Shrew. A lesson in humbleness would not go amiss with them three!
I will still go on book 5 nevertheless, because I want to know what will happen to Dragon reborn, I will just have to skip more pages.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2012 23:52:51 BDT
I couldn't agree more. Nynaeve, Egwene and Elayne really did drive me mad; their constant repetition of phrases like "wool brained" men really wound me up. They are shallow, unimaginative and boring characters. Otherwise, the book was good, though.
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