Fridge / Sword of Truth

Fridge Brilliance
  • I've always been a fan of the Sword of Truth series, but looking back on the series, I came to a realization that (while almost certainly unintentional on Goodkind's part), adds a new dimension that the bashers might find interesting. As has been bandied about (and without getting into an argument about it), Richard's broad rationale for doing things like killing noncombatants is because they are either evil and deserve it, or are supporting evil by doing nothing to stop it. Then, we get Pillars Of Creation, and a good look at what makes Jagang tick, and it turns out... he has the exact same rationale. He's acting on very, very similar justification to Richard, except Jagang believes he answers to God rather than "moral clarity." While this won't erase the really dumb moments, it makes Jagang and Richard Not So Different, and I think it puts a good spin on the whole thing. - Mr Death
    • The problem is, the bashers know this; it's discussed on every chatroom where the Hate Dom gathers. That's one of the reasons we hate it: the author doesn't realize what he's written. Goodkind is perfectly fine with torture and random acts of killing and mind control, but only when Objectivists do it. Well, it's all for the (real) greater good, I guess.
    • The first book makes a big deal out of how Richard believes he's on the right side, but so does Darken Rahl. Richard takes a long time to accept this. However, once he does, like Kahlan his approach to dealing with the enemy who stands on the opposite side of 'the line' is... messy.
  • Why does Nicci never become pregnant, even when she's depicted having sex (consensual or not) with multiple men, and no mention of a charm like Kahlan is given to prevent conception? Because, though she had remained young in the Palace of the Prophets, a woman only has a limited number of eggs, and presumably she still went through menopause, becoming infertile long ago naturally.
  • From what we're shown of the Imperial Order economy in Faith of the Fallen, how on earth can they field entire armies? Their economic system is so absurd it's a surprise they can even run their capital Altur'Rang, let alone an empire. Yes, this is based on Atlas Shrugged, but there that economic model is a disaster which can't support a huge country-that's actually the entire point. Goodkind seems to have wanted it both ways. On the one hand showing the idiocy of this idea, but somehow having it efficient enough to support a huge empire at the same time.