User Tag List

First 1234 Last

Results 21 to 30 of 32

  1. #21
    Tempbanned
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Enneagram
    8w9
    Posts
    14,031

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    So, Noah has read all of these books and has been bugging me to watch the show with him for forever. I'm not a fantasy fan so I dragged my feet, but eventually I ordered HBO for something else (True Detective) and could put it off no longer. So we started and I was hooked by the end of the first episode. We ended up binge watching the entire first three seasons over the course of a couple of weeks to get caught up for last night's season 4 premiere. OMG it's good. I'm even considering reading the series which would be very unusual for me since I don't usually like fantasy.
    Thats the great thing about it. I wasn't usually into fantasy either (LOTR being the only other fantasy series that ever interested me) but GoT makes fantasy really accessible to normal non-fantasy folks.

  2. #22
    Vulnerability Eilonwy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    MBTI
    INFJ
    Enneagram
    4 sp/so
    Posts
    6,172

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by phobik View Post
    FYP.
    Mane is 4'5" and from New Jersey? He seems so much taller on the forum.



    A more serious answer to the OP: The books are awesome. I like how human the main characters are--full of faults, making mistakes, moral and immoral all rolled into one person. You never can be sure who will live and who will die. Life in the books is chaotic much like real life. You never know what result might come from actions taken. On the downside, there are a lot of characters and names to remember, and there are some slow passages. The downsides are minor.

    I've only watched the first episode of the TV show. I decided to finish the books before watching any more. Plus, I discovered that reading about all the violence was easier than watching it. Even so, I'm looking forward to finding some time to watch the rest of it.
    Johari / Nohari

    “That we are capable only of being what we are remains our unforgivable sin.” ― Gene Wolfe

    reminder to self: "That YOU that you are so proud of is a story woven together by your interpreter module to account for as much of your behavior as it can incorporate, and it denies or rationalizes the rest." "Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain" by Michael S. Gazzaniga

  3. #23
    Strongly Ambivalent Ivy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INFP
    Enneagram
    6
    Posts
    24,060

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    Thats the great thing about it. I wasn't usually into fantasy either (LOTR being the only other fantasy series that ever interested me) but GoT makes fantasy really accessible to normal non-fantasy folks.
    ^exactly. I think most fantasy is pretty goofy (including LOTR, to an extent, though I do like it a lot) but this is awesome. It's like the fantasy aspects are pretty much just the backdrop for the human drama. Also, it could easily be historical fiction set in Medieval Europe but for the alternate map and all the magic stuff that happens. And the magic stuff is pretty limited, so it's not like they constantly solve problems with "And she did her best magic trick and everything worked out!" or anything dumb like that.

  4. #24
    Senior Member cafe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INFJ
    Enneagram
    9w1
    Socionics
    INFj None
    Posts
    9,827

    Default

    I will probably eventually watch it all. I've read all the books. The series is only supposed to be a few more books, there are so many plot lines that seem to need a lot more development, and GRRM is getting older and does not look to be in the best of health. I'm worried he's going to pull a Robert Jordan and die before he finishes the series. So I have some reservations about watching it all. But I did like the season(s?) I've seen so far.

    I focus a lot on characters and character development and I think GRRM does a good job with that and HBO does a good job following his work.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
    ~ John Rogers

  5. #25
    Mamma said knock you out Mempy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,226

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    ^exactly. I think most fantasy is pretty goofy (including LOTR, to an extent, though I do like it a lot) but this is awesome. It's like the fantasy aspects are pretty much just the backdrop for the human drama. Also, it could easily be historical fiction set in Medieval Europe but for the alternate map and all the magic stuff that happens. And the magic stuff is pretty limited, so it's not like they constantly solve problems with "And she did her best magic trick and everything worked out!" or anything dumb like that.
    Yeah, the fantasy is super realistic. I try to convey that to people who aren't familiar with the series. It's not the main event at all, like you said, it's the backdrop, just another unsettling aspect of the cultures he brings to life, and he uses it to its fullest effect precisely because of how little we know about it and why it seems to exist in so many frightening, varied forms in pretty much every corner of the world.
    They're running just like you
    For you, and I, wooo
    So people, people, need some good ol' love

  6. #26
    ✿ڿڰۣஇღ♥ wut ♥ღஇڿڰۣ✿ digesthisickness's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    ENTP
    Posts
    3,262

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    So, Noah has read all of these books and has been bugging me to watch the show with him for forever. I'm not a fantasy fan so I dragged my feet, but eventually I ordered HBO for something else (True Detective) and could put it off no longer. So we started and I was hooked by the end of the first episode. We ended up binge watching the entire first three seasons over the course of a couple of weeks to get caught up for last night's season 4 premiere. OMG it's good. I'm even considering reading the series which would be very unusual for me since I don't usually like fantasy.
    That's what we do too. We have a series going at all times to watch when we eat, or to marathon when we have time. If there's a book, we read that together first. Right now, we're doing the entire series of The Venture Brothers after I pushed it a bit (he'd never seen it) and before that, we read all of the translations of Legendary Moonlight Sculptor.

    I'm reading all of the replies right now and I see things I'd like and things I might not. What's obvious is why people like it, but I'd like to also hear things that people don't like about both the books and the show. I likes me data mining to be as balanced as possible.

    ...

    Wow. That last paragraph looks as if I'm pushing a soft drink called "Like".
    ✻ღϠ₡ღ✻
    (¯`✻´¯)
    `*.¸.*'ღϠ₡ღஇڿڰۣ
    •.¸¸. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒჱܓ. இڿڰۣ.¸¸.இڿڰۣ´¯`·.─♥


    Cerebral Artery
    http://www.facebook.com/CerebralArtery

  7. #27
    Senior Member BWCB1890's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    MBTI
    ISTJ
    Enneagram
    6w5
    Posts
    110

    Default

    Great show. There has no show like it before. This is the only HBO fantasy drama. It is not just medieval battles. There is political intrigue, betrayal, scheming, and sex. I recommend that you subscribe to HBO. I became a fan of Game of Thrones in March 2014. I recommend that after every season you read the book that corresponds to the season.

  8. #28
    Administrator highlander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    MBTI
    INTJ
    Enneagram
    6w5 sx/sp
    Socionics
    ILI Ni
    Posts
    17,894

    Default

    Because it's the best show on TV?

    Please provide feedback on my Nohari and Johari Window by clicking here: Nohari/Johari

    Tri-type 639

  9. #29
    Freshman Member simulatedworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    MBTI
    ENTP
    Enneagram
    7w6 sx/so
    Socionics
    ILE
    Posts
    5,554

    Default

    It's not quite as good as House of Cards, imo. And I guess Breaking Bad is over now, it wasn't quite as good as that either.

    That said, I still love GoT.
    If you could be anything you want, I bet you'd be disappointed--am I right?

  10. #30
    Strongly Ambivalent Ivy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    MBTI
    INFP
    Enneagram
    6
    Posts
    24,060

    Default

    House of Cards is EXCELLENT. So much Shakespeare.

    Frank Underwood:House of Cards::Lord Bailish:Game of Thrones

Similar Threads

  1. Game of Thrones!
    By Anew Leaf in forum Arts & Entertainment
    Replies: 2193
    Last Post: 10-17-2017, 12:31 PM
  2. Game of Thrones / G.R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" (tv & book series)
    By nightwatcher in forum Popular Culture and Type
    Replies: 145
    Last Post: 01-30-2017, 07:59 AM
  3. Help! My son is watching "Game of Thrones"???
    By yama in forum The Fluff Zone
    Replies: 50
    Last Post: 11-22-2016, 01:50 AM
  4. Game of Thrones Finale - watch party?
    By Evolving Transparency in forum The Bonfire
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 07-11-2016, 07:58 AM
  5. If you've read/watched A Game of Thrones..
    By Wanderer in forum Arts & Entertainment
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-12-2012, 06:38 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO