How the heck did I NOT see this thread till now?!!
@ACT: I can tell you one thing about Mat though. He's very very unfortunate with a lot of stuff going his way(not exactly what he likes it to). Finish Book Eleven and you'll understand completely what I meant (although you would have started to get glimpses of it by now).
I still have to read TGS. The reason for that is because I sort of read through the books without concentrating much. Big Mistake. So re-reading them and as of now I've finished with 7th again. 4 more to go although I reckon I pretty much know what happens in Book eleven though. ^_^