I know this is going to be hard to believe. And I know it’s going to be disappointing for most of you. But I have a confession I need to get off my chest.
Somehow, I am just now watching Game of Thrones for the first time ever.
I know, I know. How can a girl with a bookshelf filled with Tor fantasy novels, every Tolkien book known to man, and several 1980’s sci-fi volumes, discover GoT so late in the game? (Very punny, I know…)
Well, I don’t have an answer for my late entrance into the HBO series that is Game of Thrones. I do know that Scott and I have been watching at least two episodes per night for the past five days and are well into the second season.
I think at one point in my past I read at least one of the books, but it must not have struck me because I don’t remember it very well. I may delve into them at some point, but for right now, I’m too busy hating on King Joffrey and rooting for Arya Stark. (Don’t spoil anything, I’m only mid-way through second season.)
Something I find quite interesting about the series is that while anyone who isn’t Owen Davis who may be perusing my bookshelves might snigger a little at the few shelves of fantasy novels. I think it must be a publisher’s requirement that the cover of any fantasy book be as cheesy as humanly possible, because nearly everyone who looks at my books will “ooh” and “aahh” over my anthropology, classical literature, and medical books, but will giggle at the ones with elves on them.
Ok that was long winded and not to the point. My point is, no one actually wants to be caught reading something called “A Song of Fire and Ice,” but they will gladly watch the HBO series. I have no problem with it, but it’s a little funny when I was always made fun of as a kid reading the Pern series, but now everyone’s all chivalry and knighthood and dragons and magic.
The series also reminds me of how much I suck at strategy games. My best friends in high school would always play Risk, and I was always the worst at it. I should never learn chess, I can’t plan my moves more than three in advance, and that’s only if my opponent doesn’t do anything creative. I think this it the first time the general public has been exposed to conniving, strategic warfare that actually does occur. Usually our war movies are all about one or two men fighting triumphantly against evil, but you forget that hundreds of thousands of people are usually involved, and the politico-social conniving…
Anyway, my main points are:
– I can’t believe I’ve never watched this prior to now.
– Why don’t more epic book series become HBO shows?
– I forgot how much I hate Risk.
I just nerd raged out. Hard.