[DWJ] Game of Thrones
rohinax at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 09:44:26 EDT 2011
I haven't read the books, and I was definitely more reacting to the tv show,
and how if there's anything like a cliche, television is going to hit it
hard. I'd be really interested to know how faithful the show is to the
books, if there is anyone who has experienced both.
On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 7:34 AM, Martha Hixon <marthahixon at gmail.com> wrote:
> George R. Martin is not Jones, that is certainly true. But Jones didn't
> write epic fantasy series, she spoofed them--really effectively! So maybe
> it's the genre as a whole that Robyn is reacting against. From what I hear,
> Martin is considered one of the best currently writing in that genre,
> for his anti-heroic fantasy themes and complex storylines, I think. (I get
> this info from my older son, who is a huge DWJ fan but also really likes
> Martin and is pretty well read in fantasy in general). Martin is the
> anti-Tolkien of today for the genre, he says--good and evil are muddied,
> lots of political intrigue, and certainly sex. Supposedly more "realistic"
> secondary world fantasy in terms of human nature.
> We should realize, of course, that the series is a TV adaptation of the
> books--pretty faithful overall, I think, but still, a visual adaptation,
> thus things like settings and how characters look are emphasized in ways
> that may be different from how a reader experiences the text. I only
> the first episode, to be honest--there was an overemphasis on the sex in
> Martin's books at the expense of cutting some other subplots out (probably
> to draw in a viewing audience!). But I'll also admit that I've just skimmed
> the first half of the first book.
> I don't think I'll be getting into either the TV series or the books
> soon, though. I just finished Greg Keyes's *The Briar King*, which is the
> first of his series Kingdom of Thorn and Bone. It's got some interesting
> historical elements that I found fun.
> Dr. Martha P. Hixon
> Department of English
> Middle Tennessee State University
> Murfreesboro, TN 37132
> 615-898-2599 / mhixon at mtsu.edu
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 9:36 PM, rohina <rohinax at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I don't know if any of you are watching this, but I watched episode 1,
> > the whole thing constantly made me think of DWJ and the Tough Guide. The
> > show manages to tick every cliche box possible.
> > Tell me it's not just me!
> > (Also, if Tough Guide had had a more adult audience, I bet there would
> > been an entry on sex, Doggy Style)
> > robyn
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