I'm reading the third book now. I like the series but I can't help but not be too impressed with these 3. They seem to have a lot of confidence but all they seem to do in these books is be captured. Sometimes many times. Only Moraine seems to be a strong female character.

Do the books develop these characters into something more? I love how Mat, Rand and Perrin have developed so far but I'm still not too impressed with the female characters.

They display a lot of potential but mostly they just get caught by the bad guys all the time.

I hope to get to some cool stuff being done by these girls. I plan to read more of the series. So I'm just looking for yes or no answers with just a bit of spoiler free discussion.

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    The key thing to remember here is that those 3 are all teenagers. They do lots of teenager things. Moraine is substantially older. Nynaeve developers quite a bit in some of the later books. Egwene does too, although many people always find her frustratingly stubborn. Elayne...well, she isn't the most popular character. – KAI Aug 7 '18 at 18:03
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    Hmmm may be them being teenagers explains it a bit. But the 3 boys are teenagers too and their characters have so many cool things going for them. – Ranjith Ramachandra Aug 7 '18 at 18:08
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    voting to close as opinion based because basic plot and character details can be easily researched on other sites better suited to that task. Asking "does somebody become awesome" or "do cool stuff" {cooler than what? by what definition?} - is purely subjective – NKCampbell Aug 7 '18 at 18:36
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    Might be worth noting that the way Robert Jordan writes women has gotten a fair amount of criticism. He seemed to fall deep into a few tropes with his writing. – JMac Aug 8 '18 at 11:14
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    @RanjithRamachandra I've really enjoyed everything from the Stormlight Archive that has been released so far. It has some WoT vibes; but just feels more focused to me. It also ties into a larger world the author has connecting multiple series, so it can lead to quite a bit of material already if you keep reading into it. (It's by Brandon Sanderson, who is actually the same author Robert Jordan's wife chose to finish WoT after he passed away) – JMac Aug 9 '18 at 13:40

Do these books develop these characters into something more.

Yes - but like all of Jordan's characters, they gain new flaws and quirks just as the overcome the old ones; the evolution of his characters usually expresses over-compensation for their previous issues. That's usually interleaved with them getting more powerful in terms of skills or the One Power.

Rand is too soft and woolheaded to start out with? Why, he'll become harder than you thought possible! Oh, is he too hard now? ...

So with all the characters, as they mature and gain more powers, they'll continue to do stupid things.

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