I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I can't remember/it was probably a long time ago. But I'm finally working on my reread again and am on Knife of Dreams, and it bothers me throughout the series that Jordan seems to perpetually ship his female characters with men much older than them (the three boys' relationships being the exceptions). Lan is considerably older than Nynaeve (for real, she's roughly my age and Lan is roughly my dad's age. I would find that very odd). Thom is (I think? harder to tell with the Aes Sedai) older than Moiraine. Gareth is older than Siuan. Even Gawyn is probably quite a few years older than Egwene. It's just weird to me that it's such a prevalent theme in a lot of the relationships. Is it just the cultural thing like where actresses are generally much younger than the actors that play their romantic counterparts?