I’m taking a break from talking about myself and the random things I decide to post in order to discuss one of my favorite shows (and book series), Game of Thrones.
Now if you don’t know about the show or books (and if you do, this song will already be playing in your head), listen to this song while reading the rest of this short post. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7L2PVdrb_8 I think many, if not most people, can agree The Song of Ice and Fire series (just game of thrones if you stick to tv) is a masterpiece. There are well developed characters and more plot twists than you can imagine…or be prepared for. In a genre that was starting to become bland and predictable, Martin took it up a notch. It is a great thing for fantasy loves, and for non-fantasy people as well. Anytime there is great writing or tv, it helps improve the quality of everything else. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the new history channel shows, The Bible and Vikings. While Vikings is heavily taking from Game of Thrones, the Bible takes some of its stylistic elements as well. And in the end, that helped improve both of those shows. The same can be said of writing. Fantasy writers now have to steer away from the generic plot that has been used since Tolkien. It has made for some fantastic books with deeper plots and richer characters.
I really don’t know what else to say about Game of Thrones besides: read it, watch it, love it. Once you do, you’ll see some great fantasy and will instantly be drawn into the genre. If you are already a fan like me, then tomorrow is season 3! Let’s get ready for some good fantasy!!