Man, as an avid and even obsessive fantasy reader, I feel like I’m Happy First Day Virtual Back To School 2020 Gifts Boys Girls T-Shirt person who isn’t enamored with Brandon Sanderson. Like his books are fine, don’t get me wrong, but I just don’t get the hype. Especially for Mistborn! People told me it was the best fantasy book they’d ever read, but I was super disappointed with it. :/ I guess I’m the minority here. No hate at all, I just don’t get the hype. Sanderson is absolutely popular, but you’re not alone. His books don’t click with everyone and that’s ok. If anything, there’s started to be a reactionary movement(?) against his growing popularity. Point is: different authors write stories that speak to different people and there’s nothing wrong with that. Yeah. I didn’t realize how popular he was until I checked out the Reddit book/fantasy community recently. Back when I started reading Sanderson years ago the community was growing but was still small. It’s been weird adjusting my mindset.
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Back when he started, I thought Sanderson had the right balance between organized stories, character development/relationship, magic, mystery, and action. In those early days, a lot of readers were interested in the story itself, less were in it just “for the magic” or “for the Cosmere”. Years ago, a shift was made. Sanderson himself started to write more and more about his magic, less and less about his characters. IMHO, he lost the balance he initially had, but with the MCU, the whole “Cosmere” got ridiculously popular even if it is barely connected and mostly connected through WoB more than the actual story. Thre more MCU Sanderson got, the more popular he got and now, yeah, it is Sanderson, Sanderson, Sanderson everywhere on Happy First Day Virtual Back To School 2020 Gifts Boys Girls T-Shirt. A negative backlash has started to appear because the lack of subjective critic has started to annoy more than one reader, even readers who like Sanderson like myself.
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And it isn’t just his stories, the man himself has become the equivalent of an A-list actor: he is popular for himself, not just for his work. He seems to avoid critic despite being a member of a niche religious under-current which has a negative reputation outside the US. He has some… rigid ideas and yet he seems to avoid getting nailed for them. So maybe his genius is marketing, he should talk to Rowling on how not to let your personal opinions on society not ruin your name even if they are controversial. Right now, he is surfing on the social media wave and on the free publicity his fandom is giving him on a daily basis. I have watched Sanderson grow from a talented, relatively unknown, Happy First Day Virtual Back To School 2020 Gifts Boys Girls T-Shirt fantasy author to the megastar he now is and at least a third of it comes from his fandom pushing for him. Another third comes from how trendy his “hard magic systems with rules” currently are and how the little tip bits of information he drops calls in a lot of people’s inner geek. The last third is his own merit as a writer.