I’m a true fan of fantasy and consider myself well-read in that genre. I don’t know how I missed the debut of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. But there you have it. I missed it. At some point it became all the rage and I bought A Game of Thrones. And my life changed. Ok, ok. That’s wild hyperbole, even from me. But I became obsessed.
Just in case you live under a rock and don’t know what I’m talking about, according to Wikipedia, “A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. The first volume of the series, A Game of Thrones, was begun in 1991 and first published in 1996. Martin, who initially envisioned the series to be a trilogy, has published five out of a planned seven volumes. The fifth and most recent volume of the series published in 2011, A Dance with Dragons, took Martin five years to write. The sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, is still being written though is expected to be released in 2016.”
As fast as I could get the books I read them. I’m talking about reading The Game of Thrones in 3 days. I think it took me 4 days to read A Clash of Kings because I decided that I need some sleep. What’s the attraction? Multi-faceted characters, a flavor of medieval times, love, war, violence, sex, incest. Not for the faint of heart.
When the HBO series came out I flat-out refused to watch it. Does this happen to you? I almost always refuse to watch a movie based on a book I loved. I want the characters to look and act in the way that I imagine them. I don’t want to be shown how I should have imagined them. The one exception I can think to that self-imposed rule is “The Lord of the Rings“, the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy. Which I’ve read about
a million three or four times.
My husband and I went to see some movie years ago but it was sold out. He suggested “The Lord of The Rings” and ended up dragging me kicking and screaming into the theater. I was entranced.
Since the “Game of Thrones” HBO series came out, I have been receiving heavy pressure from my son, who also loves fantasy books and movies, to watch this series. Heavy pressure. I continued to refuse. And continued to refuse. And still refused. And refused.
And then gave in. Last night I bought the first season of “Game of Thrones” on Amazon Prime. I was hooked watching the credits. I started Episode 1 at about 8pm and couldn’t keep my eyes opened any longer at about 1am. I’m about half-way through Episode 7. Obsessed.
DO NOT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. Oh, never mind, I’ve read all of the books.
It’s not enough just to go to Alcoholics Anonymous. Where’s Game of Thrones Anonymous when I need it?