Tell me of the training montage equivalent in a book you've read.
February 13, 2013 2:52 PM Subscribe
I've just read a section of a novel where the main character trains in a martial art and becomes mildly proficient in it. I realized that I LOVE reading that sort of thing, maybe more than I love a movie training montage (bring on the Mulan and the Dirty Dancing)(the learn how to dance montage is just a subset of the training montage, am I right?). Help me find more of these.
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[I am about to very mildly spoil a part of the second book of Patrick Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicle, so skip this extended part if you don't want that. The whole of the question is up above, anyway, I just want to give my recent example.]
[Seriously, the next paragraph. Move along if you don't want to know.]
I've just read the part in The Wise Man's Fear where Kvothe goes to visit the Adem and trains with them. In doing this, I realized that my love of training montages extends to books, because I loved this so much that I stayed up far too late last night to finish that section.
Can you give me examples of the same thing in other stories? Here's what I liked about it: The kata, the relentlessness, the exhaustion, and how Kvothe wasn't a rock star at it (though he did okay). Basically, I like reading sequences where someone learns how to do difficult things (that aren't magic) by working hard at it.