Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Game of Thrones

I didn't watch the HBO show of "A Game of Thrones", mainly because I don't have HBO.  I will be looking for the first season when it comes out on DVD.   From what I've read of the reviews they say it is excellent and it stays true to the source material.

Which is what's important.  I have read the books in the series, starting when the first one "A Game of Thrones" came out what seems like half a life time ago.   (And two more books to go in the series.)  The novels by George RR Martin are some of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.  I have to admit I'm not a big fantasy reader.  I know it's heretical for me to admit, but I've never read "The Lord of the Rings."   Never saw the movies either.  Most fantasy bores me.  But with this series Martin has done what I didn't expect.  Interest me in a fantasy series.  

It's a complex story with many characters and when I say no one is safe I mean it.  Just when you think one character will the main  focus he gets killed.   When you're cheering one character on because he seems to be the good guy, he'll do something that will make you re think your thoughts.  When you're booing what has to be the bad guy he'll do an act that leaves you wondering what's going on.  But none of these acts or deeds are out of character.  That's what makes this series so good, no one is all good or all bad, they have facets of every emotion just like real people.  (There are one or two characters though that I might call just plain evil, but mainly because they think of on one but themselves.)

All I can say is that if you haven't read this series yet give it a try.


Travis Cody said...

Rats. I didn't realize you were back blogging. Sorry it took me so long to get over here.

I've read some of Martin's work, and the things you praise are the things I dislike intensely. I equate this particular style with teasing a cat with a string toy. If the cat never gets a taste of victory...capturing the floppy feathers or dancing mouse...then it will walk away from the game.

I walked away from the books because there was no character to take me through the story. I don't always need a happy ending, but I prefer to have a flawed hero to triumph once in awhile. Dangle the mouse at me with skill, but if there's no opportunity for me to catch it, then I don't care for the game.

JohnH985 said...

I understand what you're saying and normally I usually agree with that in a book. Some of his characters do take on a more flawed hero role as the books go on, but the problem is that it takes awhile to get there. Even one or two of the bad guys start to look better as they go on. But that's what makes things so interesting...we all have our likes and dislikes. There are things I dislike that everyone says I should like and just like you, there are things you dislike that everyone is telling you is so good. We all have our own tastes and that's how it should be.

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