Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time

Over the next few months and years, Hatboy’s Hatstand will experience a … reborn … interest in Robert Jordan‘s Wheel of Time series.

This is because Amazon Prime Video is getting closer and closer to actually bringing the series to the small screen in the form of a television series of, ooh, some sort. And it’s very exciting.

The Wheel of Time could be said, as most of you know already, to be the defining book series of my young-adult to middle-aged-manchild life. So many of my posts and stories reflect it in some way, and of course a huge part of my online and offline life are interwoven with it to such an extent that it has formed part of my discourse framework. It’s really impossible to overstate how much of an impact this vast, silly tale had on my existence. So of course, now it seems set to become a TV series at least attempting to rival Game of Thrones, I’m going to be talking about it.

Since I’m also focussing on my works in progress, however, I figured I would do something a bit lazy and cheeky, and just start reposting an old and quite huge work of satire I once undertook: C&J Jordan’s The Steal of Time. This was a parody of the Wheel of Time series, as the name might suggest, and I got as far as Winter’s Heart before running out of steam.

The main premise was that a bunch of Internet nerds were transported into the Wheel of Time universe as part of some kind of secret experiment by Tor Publishing. The characters, then, are exaggerated versions of the real Internet nerds I knew and loved in the late ’90s, interacting with my own interpretations of the Wheel of Time characters. In short, it’s a Wheel of Time fanfic from before we really knew that fanfic was a thing.

Taking people I know and turning them into characters in my stories is, you may now be realising, not a new thing. But I think I’ve gotten better at it. I will be posting up the story with as few changes as possible, so I’m going to apologise in advance for the poor writing. I hope the overall tale stands up to the years – indeed, the decades – separating it from its context.

I will also take breaks to post up my promised character studies and story segments. Let’s see how this goes.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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1 Response to Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time

  1. stchucky says:

    I’ve been amused leafing through the Steal as I prepared it for posting. Contro is essentially unchanged. This is obviously some sort of multiversal crossover, the whole thing happening inside the broken part of Control’s mind after Operation Numb.

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