The whole thing started a bit weirdly with Game of Thrones. I was part of an online reader community beside Goodreads and I saw people posting about Targaryens mostly and I didn’t understand references. It seemed to be a very known but not very interesting story. Then my brother started to watch the series and recommended it saying that I like fantasy and Medieval Ages so much, I have to see it, or at least to read. If my brother says so… in the end I’ve read five novels in two weeks during exams. It’s strange to say but I liked a part of it. It is fantasy with dragons and all kind of magic what simply enchanted me. Dragons are my favorite mythical creatures and if they were real they would be my favorite animals too, and in these novel appear some of theme having an important role. I loved them. Beside this fact the story is a fantasy based on history, and it brought the water to my mouth when I found out that Martin’s inspiration were the Wars of Roses. I have to mention here that I am simply into history and even if I don’t like the bloody solutions, these wars resulted in the reign of the Tudors, and so on. I could talk about English history for hours, but these books aren’t about it, just inspired by it. The Song of Fire and Ice has an own history permeated by magic, full with intrigue, pain, death, fight for power, revenge and sometimes even love appears in it. Sometimes the cruelty is unnecessarily much, but the story itself still is exciting. It shows how humans can be if they want something so badly that the end sanctifies the means.
My favorite book was the fifth, A Dance with Dragons, not because of the dragons but because of Arya Stark and the events she goes through in Braavos. She became from the beginning one of my favorite characters because of being so brave and different in a world with its strict expectations. In comparison with her Sansa was the perfect young lady, but I somehow hated her for being so naïve and silly. Another favorite character was Danaerys Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons who grew up in front of me, and the little girl controlled by his brother became a real khaleesi, and later an independent and mighty queen. Favorite scene? Maybe the one when Jaqen H’ghar, the Faceless man from Lorath gives that one special coin to Arya and then he simply changes his face after saying that Jaqen no longer exists. Beside the interesting female characters who were brave enough to think different, to be different in a world like this, male characters were mostly concerned about power, pleasures or being a knight. At first I particularly hated the Lannisters, but I have to say that I liked the way how Jaime had changed while getting through that home journey with Brienne of Tarth. I loved that characters were regular people, who can love and hate and even make mistakes, and nothing special and perfect. For example I didn’t liked the fact that Robert Baratheon as a king was addicted to drinking and had so many lovers and even bastards, but that is something real, something that can be condemned but still human. And the Night Watch with the Crows reminded me of Hadrian’s Wall and King Arthur with his noble knights of the Round Table.
Finally some words about the series too. When I started it parallel with the first book, I liked it because of being very close to the written version of the story. But then… it became so… I don’t really have a word for it. Characters disappeared, events changed, just to realize something spectacular, but because of the many scenes full of sex, cruelty and blood it became something disgusting. It seemed to be just about these and nothing more. And some scenes? When did became the silly Sansa Stark a Sansa Dark? Even beside Petyr. Oh, I forgot, I loved the character of Petyr Baelish, and in the series he was one of the best choices, he just got the right face I imagined for him. Btw. faces and actors – when I saw Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, I felt like I was watching the Lord of the Rings. Boromir, remember? And even if I had my problems with the nearly new story, with the changes I watched every season until now. After the scene of the death of Oberyn I tought that was enough, but I still couldn’t resist to watch the last episode, and I am disappointed. There were so many amazing things and people left out, I don’t think it is bearable if I get back on the screen a totally different story I fell in love with in the books.
In the end, here is my favorite Game of Thrones theme-song:
London Grammar: Devil Inside