I started reading Wheel of Time novels in about 1991...I was doing my GCSE's, and one of the highlights of Stourport High Street at the time was a WH.Smith (buried between arcades, discount stores and Fish'n'Chip shops). It was the first, proper, serious fantasy stuff I read, and while I didn't know it at the time, it was already known as an epic (I remember seeing Book 3 in Hardback with a fairly epic cover of some dude grabbing a sword of fire), and backtracked to Book 1, which looked significantly more sedate, with a woman riding side-saddle. This was a time when book covers meant a helluva lot in terms of me picking books.
I should mention each of these books is about 1,000 pages. They took up a lot of space on the shelves!
I loved it, and it's very safe to say that my taste in literature was very much shaped by it...however, much like another hefty series of tombs that shaped my early literary life, the author (Robert Jordan), died before completing his masterpiece. Just before this was when I had to undergo the (still) traumatic horror of what Frank Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson did to Dune...as a result I couldn't bring myself to continue reading the last 3 books. And shit was just about to kick off after a very prolonged mid-season lull (Robert Jordan could turn a mid-season lull into 100 hours of reading). I read Book 11 after he died, and I distinctly remember being depressed reading it, as I realised I would never know the true ending as he envisioned it. It was known even then that he'd handed over the reins to a close friend (Brandon Sanderson...he's a bit more young-adult, and I sort of hope he's not consulting on the TV series).
So now there is going to be a TV Series on Amazon Prime. I'll be able to watch it, or more lightly rip it to Plex and watch it when I can muster the courage. Their plan is 10 seasons, and it's going to be the next "Game of Thrones"...which doesn't bode well, as that has a similar history ; a series of books written by an author, with the finale written by someone completely different. They will have to change Wheel of Time for TV. They simply can't put in 4.5 million words of story (for reference Game of Thrones Seasons 1-6 was based on ~1.7 million words of book). There are also some themes within the book that are probably un-acceptable in 2021...mainly around sexism.
So what do I do? Well, the plan is;
1) Re-read the books, and finish them. Ok, realistically that is not going to happen...realistically that would take a year I reckon, and that would be focused reading, rather than an hour before bed as I tend to do. instead, I'm going to try audiobooks (only20 days if I listen to them continuously). as I write this, I'm uploading them to my Plex server. I'll try and listen to them while working/cycling etc etc. It will still take a long time, but hopefully not as punishing. I actually got rid of the books when I moved here (a good chunk of them went in a car-boot sale, the rest were donated to charity).
2) Once I've re-read the first 2 books, I'll watch the TV series (unless the series projects beyond that timeframe).
I have to hope it's a Dune 2021 (the film is ace BTW, which is rare for me to say about any Book-to-Film conversion), not a Dune 1984. Amazon have done some super-dark fantasy (recommend Carnival Row, though maybe not if kids are watching with you), so I have some hope. Some.