one of the things that annoys me the most about Wheel of Time is how dead women - specifically Ilyena (Lews Therin’s wife) and Kari al'Thor - are treated (kinda like how they’re treated in other epic fantasy series)
these two in particular are aggravating because in Ilyena’s case she’s the wife of the PREVIOUS Dragon, the main protagonist’s forerunner/previous life/incarnation. she is an important person historically, not least because she was killed BY her husband in his magic-induced madness. and yet we know literally nothing about her as a person?? we have an idea of what she looked like, we know Lanfear was jealous of her, and that’s about…it. we don’t even know if she could channel!! like as much time as Lews Therin spent railing about killing her in Rand’s head you’d think we would’ve had SOMETHING
(then again that might just be further proof to the ‘it wasn’t REALLY Lews Therin in Rand’s head’ theory)
as for Kari al'Thor. well, you have Rand literally citing his [adopted] father as the 'reason’ he succeeded where Lews Therin failed. so Rand’s victory against the Dark One is like specifically thanks to his upbringing by Tam, which, incidentally, included the loss of his [adopted] mother from a very young age, so young he knows basically nothing about her, and Tam either didn’t talk about her at all or else Rand was just heartless enough not to consider the woman that would’ve raised him if she’d lived for longer than the first few years of his life. and no offense, but i think the absence of Rand’s mother undermines the importance of his upbringing by Tam’s values, because what about Kari’s values??
tl;dr @joannalannister started a revolution with her Dead Ladies’ Club and i admire her for it