The Mind Versus the Screen

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Anytime you watch a show or a movie based on a book you’ve read, there are things that match, and others that don’t.  And what’s really fun is that it’s different for every person, so that what looks familiar to one person looks way off to someone else.  It’s the boundless possibilities of imagination, and […]

Let The Countdown Begin!

The King Beyond The Wall

Well guys, we made it to March.  Just 30 days to go.  The anticipation is killing just about everyone I talk to.  We want to see what’s happened with our beloved characters (the ones that are still alive, that is); we want to see the new characters. I can’t wait to get a gander at […]

You Know Nothing, Jon Snow!

Jon Snow on the Iron Throne

I pre-ordered GoT Season 2, so I got it yesterday.  Even though I’ve been watching both seasons on HBO On Demand, I am excited to see all the added features.  I am especially interested in the fate of our Jon Snow. In looking for pictures of Jon online, I came across this one with him […]

Cersei Lannister – Queen of Mean – Medieval Style!

Queen of (Medieval) Mean

I’ve been looking at Cersei Lannister lately with an eye to being non-judgmental.  After watching a heartfelt conversation between she and Robert in Season 1  (the only heartfelt one between them in the series), I gave it more thought and came to the following conclusions as to the whys and hows of her becoming such […]

Girly or Not, That is the Question

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You might think it difficult for a male writer to accurately portray the struggles of women in a medieval world like that of Game of Thrones.  If you look closely, though, Game of Thrones does a masterful job of showing how women–especially strong women–struggle to find their way in a male-dominated society.  The series shows […]

3-31-13 Is Coming…Who Will You Miss Most?

The Iron Throne

Now that Season 3 is approaching, I got to thinking of how many characters GRRM has killed off in the first two seasons and am in a period of so-called mourning, if you will.  Because I’ve been watching and re-watching both Seasons 1 and 2 incessantly, I’ve bonded with some characters and I see now […]

GOT3 Is Coming…Come On Already!

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Okay, I don’t know about you guys, but I am really getting very impatient waiting for GOT Season 3!  I’ve read practically every thing I could get my hands on, watched Seasons 1 and 2 until I can recite all the lines by heart, and started A Storm of Swords.  So I do have some […]

When Bad Guys (or Girls) Aren’t All Bad

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Anyone who’s read more than one fantasy novel or watched the Lord of the Rings on the big screen knows that fantasy tends to be very black-and-white.  It normally assumes there are two sides to conflict: Good and evil.  Sauron versus the Fellowship.  Elves versus trolls.  You get the picture. George R.R. Martin, however, is […]

Kill The Braavosi…Bring The Girl!

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Arya Stark!!  Lady Arya Stark, that is!  She’s braver than Michael Corleone!  As a matter of fact, the entire series is reminiscent of The Godfather in many ways; power struggles, back-stabbing, theft – just to name a few.  And there are so many character similarities between those in GRRM-land and the world of Don Corleone. […]

That Old, Old, Old Time Religion

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Faith lays heavy on the shoulders of those who live in the Seven Kingdoms like an extra sweater I insist my children take just in case it should get chilly later. George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones world is enormous.  And I love the fact that it’s so filled with people and places and familial […]