Friday, April 22, 2011

The Game, Ms.Hudson, is on.

Last weekend, the show Game of Thrones premiered on HBO. It's based on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

I haven't read any of Martin's novels, though a friend of mine continually attests to its greatness, but it's on my radar now and I've ordered the first book in the series A Game of Thrones(which the first season will follow). It's hard to track down a cheap paperback in my city but I'll keep looking around for one.

First off, this show isn't for the young (beware anyone below the age of 18). It's quite harsh and sometimes uncomfortable with its subject matter and more appropriate for an adult audience. I won't go into details here, however, I did really enjoy the first episode and I'll be watching again this Sunday night. Here's a little description of the series from HBO:

"Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men . . . all will play the Game of Thrones."

Secondly, I'm really thankful that it's on HBO and not on another network, like say NBC, because HBO allows for a lot more creative room and they can take the show places that it needs to go. Bottom line? Because HBO is a paid for channel and not free to the public, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) can't treat it like they do other networks.

George R.R. Martin, at one point, even thought that his novel series would be so difficult to adapt (because to recreate everything in them would be too expensive. Like Lord of the Rings expensive.) that it'd never happen. But it happened and I think they're doing a really good job with bringing the novels to life. And I like how involved he is with the tv adaptation. He has this relationship with the producers where they come to him for answers and Martin knows what they'll be doing with the show. Martin has even wrote an episode for the season - episode 8 called "The Pointy End".

The book series isn't finished yet. If I'm correct in my findings and assumptions of the information I've been given, book number 5 comes out July 12, 2011 and is called A Dance with Dragons. After that there are two more books left in the series to be released and George R.R. Martin hopes to have them finished before the show can catch up.

I'm looking forward to it.

For more information and an interview with the author JUST CLICK THIS LINK.

Also, here's a link to the GAME OF THRONES PROMOTIONAL GAME. I've played it myself and it proved to be a lot of fun.

(note: title quote from the Sherlock TV series.)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Return to Bag End

It's been 10 years since Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings first came out. I was 12 at the time and an instant nerd for it. I actually watched the Oscars each year for three years hoping they'd win and was rewarded when finally Return of the King won best film.

Now J.R.R Tolkien's novel The Hobbit is being made into a film and they just started filming. Peter Jackson will be releasing behind the scenes footage on the internet every once in a while to show the people who are really waiting for the film (i.e. me, myself and I) how the film is progressing. You get to see so many people working to make this movie come to life and the actors look dead excited to be there. Really interesting stuff.

In case some of you don't know the story of The Hobbit, it's the tale of Bilbo Baggins' (Frodo is his heir and sort of adopted son) adventure with Gandalf and 13 dwarves to the Lonely Mountain to take back the treasure that a dragon stole.

Do I have any problems with casting? No, not one bit. I've actually heard of most of the actors and am eagerly awaiting the moment I see them in full costume. Also, I trust Peter Jackson to do a good job and make the best film possible.

So here's the first video. I hope Tolkien enthusiasts are looking forward to the film as much as I am.

(When the old score music started to play, I teared up a bit. I am such a nerd.)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Decaying Heart

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion: R is a zombie. He doesn't remember who he used to be. He can barely talk and he shuffles along like the rest of his kind through post-outbreak America. But he's different from the rest of them because he can feel and dream. R longs for something he can't name.

After consuming the brain of a teenage boy, R experiences the boy's memories and decides to protect the dead boy's girlfriend, Julie. It's this decision that will change everything.

I am so eager for this book to arrive. It comes out April 26, 2011 and I'm beginning to sense a pattern here, all the good books come out at the end of this month. I really get the sense that this will be an interesting book. I am already so charmed by R. I think it may be because he's searching for his own humanity and is trying to claim it back. I also like that this novel will give him a voice when in his world, he doesn't really have one.

It started out as a short story called I am a Zombie Filled with Love that Marion released on the internet. I don't know if it's still around but I'm not going to go looking for it. I'm waiting for the novel.

The rights have already been sold to turn it into a movie. Rumor is that Nicholas Hoult (who I have loved forever) from such things as About a Boy and Skins UK will play R. I think it'd be interesting to see how this novel translates into film. It'd also be something different within the zombie film genre which has humans running away from zombies and never really connecting to them on a more emotional level (mostly because they'd eat you). The last time I saw a thinking zombie was in 1993's My Boyfriend's Back. Zombies and prom, the stuff of odd memories.

If you're as interested as I am in this novel, please check out THIS INTERVIEW with the the author.