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.)

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