I don't think you're doing the series justice thefellswooper.
When did you start reading the series? I've found that people who started it early on and had to wait 2-3 years between books, then only to find a 800 pages that advance the plot about 20 pages worth, are the ones who lose interest.
It might be very different for someone picking it up today and having the luxury of reading the whole thing through back to back. But for those of us who started reading it 1/3 of the average human lifespan ago, the nuances of plot and subtleties of character development are lost in the fog of the last 20 years. You know what I remember about character development? Lots of braid tugging and chick-on-chick spanking. Oh yeah, that's world class writing there.
Jordan might have been a good writer, but he was an asshole of a story teller. You can't milk a story for 20 years and expect to keep the same people interested. Robert Jordan was the sleazy used car salesman of the fantasy genre, complete with rolling back odometers, spritzing Febreeze on everything, and dying before the bill came due.