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Game of Thrones

After avoiding this series for length and grimness and ramblingness, I've finally been sucked in. I blame my friends: they got into the HBO series, then the books -- partway; they've read the first two books and are watching the second series now. I've seen a bit, and started watching season 1 yesterday when I was alone in the house. (It is NOT FOR KIDS.) It is interesting, and I also sort-of-read part of the book, more finding scenes in it to see differences (lots!) or clarification (who was that?) OTOH, I know enough to know I may not want to Read Them All -- actually, I'm happily plundering Tropes and Wiki spoilers, both for worldbuilding details in compact form, and to see if the characters are like get killed or abused too much. This means I in some ways know more than my friends, and have to watch what I say.

I keep calling the series one long advertisement for democracy; they agree.

It's well acted, and I'm told GRRM has lots of screenwriting experience, and may in fact still be better at it, so the serie sis arguably tighted and more coherent. I have no comment; my other association with GRRM is Wild Cards.

Remember me asking whether Hobb or Martin was more grim? I note more similarities now: both are highly political fictions, with fairly subtle magic now, that's remnants of a stronger magic in the past, cut down by catastrophe, but returning.

Also, I can agree with my commenters: Martin's more grim. Character death *and* torture. Hobb's mostly about the torture.

I also re-read this critique of how women are treated in the series, which was depressing, and doesn't seem entirely unfair, though I know from wiki that one negative element gets reversed.

Nice music.

Current thoughts: I'll keep watching with my friends, may not seek it out otherwise.

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notthebuddha
Jan. 18th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
Martin did some NEW TWILIGHT ZONE and lots of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
mindstalk
Jan. 18th, 2013 02:48 pm (UTC)
So I was told, but I've seen neither. :)
notthebuddha
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
A great example, safe for work and a very effective use of comedic actors to build tension.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbYvMppVL1I
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