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Elend- Pros and cons

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So, for me, I had an interesting experience with Elend. I loved his character in book one. Went down in enjoyment some in 2, but still liked him. Then he got lerasium. The moment he got more powerful than Vin, I hated him. Every time it showed up, I wanted to throw the book across the room. And then Vin burned the mists a second time, and I liked him again. By the end, I loved him. So, yeah, Love, like, hate, like, love. Strange.

I'm interested in seeing other peoples experiences with Elend.

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I never really had a big problem with him, but two of my friends who have read Mistborn really really didn't like it when Tindwyl decided to make him a king. 

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I really, really love Elend. I very much enjoyed his character, from the point when Vin met him at the ball all the way to his death.

Becoming a Mistborn just made him more awesome.

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I actually felt the opposite. I didn't really like him in book one, i started to like him in book two and when Tindwyl took over and he started acting like a king i actually loved him!

I gues it's just based in the kind of character you like, i like regal, powerful characters who inspire respect in other people (See Dalinar, Kaladin and Jasnah).

 

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Yeah, I was like Xavier.

In book one he just seemed so much like an armchair philosopher who thinks he can change the world, and I didn’t really like him that much.

Then, when he started being trained and actually becoming a king I really liked it. How he was beginning to take responsibility and sort out the city.

I was really expecting him to die at the end of WoA.

At the end where it turned out he was a Mistborn felt too much like “he’s a mistborn now too!” I always felt like one of Elend’s greatest strengths was the fact he didn’t have any powers. He was like Dox, both were extremely capable without powers, and I think having Elend and Dox were a great reminder that non-powered people were awesome too (especially Elend, who was a king).

The sudden fact that he became not only a mistborn, but a super Lerasium Mistborn seemed too abrupt.

But in HoA, seeing that first scene made me like him again, so in the end I really liked him as a character, and I liked his growth.

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On 1/4/2019 at 2:17 PM, 2001Kra said:

So, for me, I had an interesting experience with Elend. I loved his character in book one. Went down in enjoyment some in 2, but still liked him. Then he got lerasium. The moment he got more powerful than Vin, I hated him. Every time it showed up, I wanted to throw the book across the room. And then Vin burned the mists a second time, and I liked him again. By the end, I loved him. So, yeah, Love, like, hate, like, love. Strange.

I'm interested in seeing other peoples experiences with Elend.

SAME! I love Elend, but when he turned into an UBER strong allomancer, I just began to hate him. I only liked him again he found all the Atium Mistings

BTW, what are those called?

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Just now, Kelsier'sGodComplex said:

SAME! I love Elend, but when he turned into an UBER strong allomancer, I just began to hate him. I only liked him again he found all the Atium Mistings

BTW, what are those called?

Seer's.

11 hours ago, Xavier Iriarte said:

See Dalinar, Kaladin and Jasnah

I like Dalinar and Jasnah. I find Kaladin boring. I like regal inspiring characters, just not Elend as one.

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Thanks 2001Kra.

1 minute ago, 2001Kra said:

Seer's.

I like Dalinar and Jasnah. I find Kaladin boring. I like regal inspiring characters, just not Elend as one.

 

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I personally like Elend, and I find his development as a king to be a pretty great arc over the series. He starts out very idealistic, but experiences make him far more pragmatic, while still being a mostly decent person. I also find Tindwyl's lessons highly amusing.

I'm not really a fan of him becoming an uber-mistborn, but keep in mind that even though he has a lot of allomantic power, Vin can almost certainly still kick his chull in any type of actual fight. He may be more powerful, but she is far, far more skilled.

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I always felt like Elend becoming a Mistborn was Vin's reward for making the right choice. For most of the book she was conflicted about who she "belonged" with, the Mistborn or the person she loved. In the end she chose love and was "rewarded" with having that person made a Mistborn and her "equal".

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I didn’t like Elend all that much in the first book, he just felt like someone to be Vin’s romantic interest. He actually became interesting as he struggled to become a king in WoA, when he became a Mistborn, and especially as he struggled with almost becoming a tyrant during HoA.

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I think I like him. I can remember book 2+3 even less than 1, but I think I always liked him?
Anyway, I'm rereading era 1 now and the few scenes he's had so far were okay.

I have no memories of disliking him. Let's see what I say when I'm through. :P

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He looks fly as flip on the cover of HOA, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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I liked his gruffer side in book 1 better than his Kingly persona, but I never really minded that too much. What irritated me about Elend was how the moral crisis was handled; he never actually did anything that would make the reader question him. I jumped for joy at the line "if I ever become like the Lord Ruler, let me know," because I expected that Elend would become like the Lord Ruler, and Vin, even though she couldn't care less about human rights and all that jazz, would have to break through to her husband. There was a lot of potential here -- especially if he started to get like his father, but was still really nice to Vin -- and instead we got a whole wad of half-baked internal monologue.

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