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All the Greatest Adventures Begin with Paperwork, Right?

All the Greatest Adventures Begin with Paperwork, Right?

When I first decided to do this re-read project, I asked Twitter whether I should start with New Spring or The Eye of The World and Twitter overwhelmingly recommended TEOTW so obviously I did the opposite.

It wasn’t just my congenital inability to do as I’m told. I generally start re-reads with New Spring, and I thought I would take a look at them both to see what might make for a good beginning.

I didn’t get past the Table of Contents.

I’m a bit of a story nerd, and I’ve read more books on story structure than is healthy. There’s a part of every story where the hero is in their ordinary world before they get called to action and everything goes to hell.

That part of the story is often called The Hook and there, sitting in the Table of Contents was a first chapter titled “The Hook.”

The wheel weaves as it will and all that.

The first parts of most stories have the same structure. The hero is in their normal world. Something happens that changes everything. The hero is called to action. They leave their normal world for a world of adventure where they face new dangers.

That’s the first four chapters of New Spring.

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He is born again! I feel him!

In the second chapter of New Spring, we see the rebirth of the Dragon as Foretold by Gitara Moroso, and while I was initially planning this post, I was thinking of it as the Inciting Incident for the four-million-plus words that follow.

But that’s not right.

It’s not the foretelling that’s the inciting incident; it’s the rebirth of the Dragon itself. That realization made me question why Robert Jordan would present us the information this way. To be sure, at publication, we already knew the bare facts, and this chapter was all about introducing Moiraine Damodred, Siuan Sanche, and the Aes Sedai.

But there’s more.

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