Just two hyper-critical English majors talking some pretty big game about The Wheel of Time. Co-hosts Emily and Sally gather around their kitchen table each week to serve you up a full fantasy feast of oft-misremembered summary, hot analysis, scraps of literary theory, and a whole lot of hating Rand.
Episode 151: Dominating Friends and Manipulating People
Unsurprisingly, ch. 29-30, set in Salidar, absolutely suck. We discuss Freud's Wet Dream (Thom and Elayne), Nynaeve Being a gOoD LiTtLe wOmAn, Equal Opportunity Sluts, and we demand to know: Where Are the Vineyards?
Episode 150: The Worst Man You Know
In our coverage of ch. 28, we remind Rand and his Goldfish Brain about Diplomacy (Get Some). We also commission a Lews Therin Motivational Poster and remind you: Don't Be Anthony.
CW: This episode discusses the sexual assault that happens in this chapter.
Episode 149: Pope Shark
Who or what is Pope Shark, and what does it have to do with Wheel of Time? Well, nothing. But for ch. 26-27, we also talk about Bashere's Tik Tok Account, Rand's Analysis Paralysis, Spotting Mormons in the Wild, and Magic Goosebumps (Tingling Saidar Senses).
Episode 148: Mostly Ferris Wheel Stuff
Have you ever wondered if there's any WoT content on Pornhub? Don't worry, Sally will look it up. Talking points for ch. 24-25 include: Aiel Copycat Murderers, Eggy Phantom, Gawyn's Traveling Frat House, and Charming White Man (Derogatory).
Episode 147: "The Swiss Army Knife of Buttholes"
During ch. 22-23, Emily has no idea what's going on (as usual). But seriously, where's all this going? Where's the pay-off to this set-up? We need Poirot Cauthon on the case. At least we have Olver's rock resume to keep us going.
The Lost Tapes: Episode 146
Hi, everyone! This isn't a full-length episode, and the info covered here can also be found on our Instagram. This is mostly meant for anyone who might be listening after the release date and doesn't want to scroll through social media to get the deets. Thanks for being cool!
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A very good podcast.
Way more thoughtful than the title suggests
I have read the first book and I don’t hate Rand— I was a little afraid I would be turned off by the critical tone, but these ladies are well informed and fun to listen to as a first time reader of the wheel of time. I’ve struggled to get past eye of the world before, but maybe with their help, reading along, I’ll be kept onboard.
Good read along material
Good critical literature material
Good snark / humor
They definitely have their own perspective, but I think even if you don’t agree with them they make interesting points worth listening to!
It’s about the Wheel of Time, but it’s also about so much more!
I happened upon Everybody Hates Rand right when the pandemic started, and it has been, in the words of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, “my mostly companion” since. I started the Wheel of Time as a college freshman in 1991, and suffered through all the years of waiting, all the ridiculous plot lines, through thousands and thousands of pages of descriptions of not just places, but also the smoothing of women’s skirts; but I still loved the series (and re-read it several times over the years).
Robert Jordan created a world where I could escape, being the kind of person who like to escape to other places. Right now I don’t have the attention span to read words, but I’ve been re-listening to the series alongside Emily and Sally’s weekly synopsis and analysis. Being a nearly 50-year-old woman, I find it incredibly valuable to hear the perspective of people half my age, and to learn from them about concepts like coding in literature, gender issues, and literary ideas. I now understand why Mat is among my favorite characters; and I can look at Nynaeve, who I identify with mostly because I look up to her for her brashness, with a grain of salt. I appreciate the hosts’ honesty, their intelligence, and their friendship toward each other. I’m now about to start Lord of Chaos, which will be more bearable for their company. Keep on keeping on, my sisters!