PA Signing. Sub Plots.

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Chevron07

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Jan 22, 2003, 10:31:44 PM1/22/03
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Straight to the point. All of the plot lines will NOT be wrapped up
at the end of the series. I attended the book signing at Chester
County Book and Music Company today and someone a few people ahead of
me asked a question that I couldn't hear, but RJ's answer went
something like this:

No. The one thing I don't like about most fantasy is that
everything gets tied up in the end. The people, the cities,
everything finishes and it dries up. The book gets put on the shelf
and collects dust. I want the world to be vibrant and still going.
Some minor plots will go on and things in the world will stay alive.

This is in NO WAY a direct quote. I have never been to a book signing
and was somewhat struck and nervous about meeting him, plus I had no
writing or recording equipment. The overall vibe I got was that he
really does care about the world he has created and won't leave out
anything major.

Also if anyone cares I asked him to describe the texture and feel of
Bashere's baton of the Marshal-General. I was hoping he would say it
"felt not like ivory, not like glass, but more like glass," as is the
description of the known oath rods (note the only times we've seen it
have been in Rand POV's and at first it was "what appeared to be an
ivory rod" then later Rand assumes it is an ivory rod); however, I was
greatly disappointed. He said, "it was smooth and heavy...ivory
capped with gold." Oh well I guess Rand's later assumptions that is
just ivory are correct.


Brandon


Major thanks to CC Book and Music Co. they were way helpful and super
nice, and if anyone talks to RJ thank him for signing my books. I
can't remember if I told him so after getting them signed (still
nervous at that point). It was a great experience with courteous
people and even after reading about the jokes he tells before going to
the signing I still laughed. His personality was so Jovial and warm
even my wife had a great time and she has never read any of his books.

Aaron Bergman

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Jan 22, 2003, 10:54:16 PM1/22/03
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In article <90b982e4.03012...@posting.google.com>,
bbi...@comcast.net (Chevron07) wrote:

> Straight to the point. All of the plot lines will NOT be wrapped up
> at the end of the series. I attended the book signing at Chester
> County Book and Music Company today and someone a few people ahead of
> me asked a question that I couldn't hear, but RJ's answer went
> something like this:
>
> No. The one thing I don't like about most fantasy is that
> everything gets tied up in the end. The people, the cities,
> everything finishes and it dries up. The book gets put on the shelf
> and collects dust. I want the world to be vibrant and still going.
> Some minor plots will go on and things in the world will stay alive.

Why does every fantasy writer (or epic writer, really) think they're oh
so clever when they decide to do this?

Aaron
--
Aaron Bergman
<http://www.princeton.edu/~abergman/>
<http://aleph.blogspot.com>

Dpoc Vyper

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Jan 23, 2003, 1:05:46 AM1/23/03
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>Subject: Re: PA Signing. Sub Plots.
>From: Aaron Bergman aber...@princeton.edu
>Date: 1/22/2003 7:54 PM Pacific Standard Time
>Message-id: <abergman-4B84BF.22541622012003@localhost>

>
>In article <90b982e4.03012...@posting.google.com>,
> bbi...@comcast.net (Chevron07) wrote:
>
>> Straight to the point. All of the plot lines will NOT be wrapped up
>> at the end of the series.

[snip]


>Why does every fantasy writer (or epic writer, really) think they're oh
>so clever when they decide to do this?
>
>Aaron
>--
>Aaron Bergman


Because years down the line, he can come out with another book. . if
everything was neatly tied up, it would make periodic sequels impossible...


Joe

David Chapman

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Jan 23, 2003, 4:55:36 AM1/23/03
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The Department of Pre-Crime reports that Aaron Bergman will say:

I reckon it's more a case of not thinking they're oh so
stupid as to not do it.

--
Dark don't lie, dreams come true
Could be a few will see you through


Jim Mansfield

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Jan 23, 2003, 9:26:28 AM1/23/03
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Aaron Bergman <aber...@princeton.edu> wrote in news:abergman-
4B84BF.22541622012003@localhost:

> In article <90b982e4.03012...@posting.google.com>,
> bbi...@comcast.net (Chevron07) wrote:
>
>> Straight to the point. All of the plot lines will NOT be wrapped up
>> at the end of the series. I attended the book signing at Chester
>> County Book and Music Company today and someone a few people ahead of
>> me asked a question that I couldn't hear, but RJ's answer went
>> something like this:
>>
>> No. The one thing I don't like about most fantasy is that
>> everything gets tied up in the end. The people, the cities,
>> everything finishes and it dries up. The book gets put on the shelf
>> and collects dust. I want the world to be vibrant and still going.
>> Some minor plots will go on and things in the world will stay alive.

<sigh>

I'm sure I'm going to feel let down at the end :-(

> Why does every fantasy writer (or epic writer, really) think they're oh
> so clever when they decide to do this?

I think it depends for whom they are writing: themselves or the readers.

Readers *like* to have things come to a close since they are not the ones
making it up in the first place.

-Jim


John S. Novak, III

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Jan 23, 2003, 6:09:21 PM1/23/03
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In article <abergman-4B84BF.22541622012003@localhost>, Aaron Bergman wrote:

>> Some minor plots will go on and things in the world will stay alive.

> Why does every fantasy writer (or epic writer, really) think they're oh
> so clever when they decide to do this?

A deluded belief that art should imitate life to that fine a degree.
And, nine out of ten times, a completely overblown sense of their own
talent.

--
John S. Novak, III j...@cegt201.bradley.edu
The Humblest Man on the Net

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