I’m on volume 4 of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. I tried reading it about ten years ago, and couldn’t get beyond the first few chapters. I’m not sure I understand why. The explanation I tell myself is that it had something to do with his writing style and my expectations: I was told he was greater than Tolkein, but he read like a pale imitation at best.
There is part of me that still thinks this is true. He is no Tolkein. And yet…I have not been this engrossed in a story in longer than I can remember. Something is different, something is sticking. I find his style is somewhat off-putting, but I can’t deny the sheer massiveness of his mind. And that alone is supremely attractive.
However, weaknesses are starting to show. The patterns are too predictable.
But the desire to read on does not abate.
What does this mean?
The only comparison that comes to mind is World of Warcraft. Once I mastered the second expansion I knew, in my heart of hearts, that there was nothing more. And yet I played on, for almost 10 years.
Why is this?