Linda Maye Adams

Am I the only one who doesn’t like Game of Thrones?


Game Of Thrones

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Everywhere I go lately, everyone is talking about Game of Thrones.  The series is airing on HBO and just had its third season premiere, and is based on the popular series by George R.R. Martin.

I read the first book back in 2010.  At the time, I was taking Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, and she recommended it as having examples of the perfect scene.  My initial reaction was “Not enough plot,” which made the story very slow moving for me.

There were also so many different storylines going on that it was difficult to stay in involved.  Just as I’m into one storyline, it vanishes for many pages, and by the time it comes back, I’ve forgotten what interested me.

So it ended up being a book that got a “Meh,” and I didn’t read any more books in the series.

However, my local cable channel offered a freebee week, which included the first two seasons of Game of Thrones, so I tuned into see what I thought.  Again, I had about the same reaction, “Meh.”  I did like Daenerys storyline (which was the one I was interested in while reading the book), but there was too little of it too far apart to stay involved.  I did not like all the nudity, which I’ve heard has been a controversial issue (I think the nudity would bother me less if the men weren’t always fully dressed while the women were nude).

Is anyone else not enthralled by Game of Thrones?

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16 Comments

  1. You’re not the only one. I struggled with the novels for the same reason and still haven’t finished the first one. I watched the 1st season, and while pretty gripping, the blatant sexism got on my nerves. Plus all the sexposition: people talking about plot-related stuff while banging? So unrealistic and pointless it became hilarious. If it hadn’t been for Sean Bean… and then he’s not in the second season for obvious reasons. Meh.
    -K. Trian

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    • And the nudity just didn’t feel like it was important to the story. If it had been cut out, no one would have noticed.

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  2. I did’t like it either. It is too depressing. I stopped watching after a few episodes, as things did not get better. If I want depressing, violence and evil scheming, I will just stick to real life. But I have heard from a friend that the books are quite good. I guess so many people like it for the nudity.

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    • I think I would have been okay if only followed 2-3 story lines and allowed me time to get involved.

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  3. I have not read it or seen it but a friend was trying to explain it to me. She said they record it and fast forwards to the one storyline she likes. Seems like a little too much work for me. We have had to block the TV (pre-teen boy) so it’s not something that would be available during our viewing hours. Your post is just another reason not to bother.

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    • Yeah, I was doing the fast forward for one storyline, just to see how it was. It was a lot of work, especially since each episode might only have a few minutes here and there of a storyline (sort of like a soap opera).

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  4. I never got into the novels for the exact reason you outlined. Too many characters and too many divergent plot lines. If each character had their own book series set within the same universe it would have been much easier to digest. As it was I ended up not caring about any of the characters.

    I like to immerse myself in a particular character that I enjoy and really get to know them. This story felt more like a massive party where you only get a few minutes to chat and get to know someone and by the time you see them again, you’ve forgotten their name.

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    • LOL! That is a very apt description of the books!

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  5. I like how you link related posts at the end of your post. I must try something like this. Thanks for the idea.

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    • I do it manually — no add-ins. That way, I can pick the posts I want for visibility. It gets people moving around elsewhere in the blog to the older posts.

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  6. Kat

    I normally like high fantasy (it’s almost all I read) but like you I have not been enthralled by Game of Thrones, much to my friends’ bemusement. They thought something like this would be right up my alley, but all I can say is, “Eh, it’s a faithful adaptation, but I really don’t care about any of the characters. If I don’t care about the characters, and they’re all just going to die anyway, why would I watch it?” I actually liked the story *more* when I read the first book. I haven’t watched past the first season and don’t feel a strong desire to. Maybe eventually I will, but it’s not high on the priority list.

    I think Game of Thrones is groundbreaking in the adaptation of a fantasy epic to television, and I hope that other fantasy books will get the same chance, but the actual story and characters leave me vaguely curious but unmoved.

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  7. I first heard of it before its hype ballooned in the US, and still I avoided it. I have a mild curiosity about the books, not the show, but I don’t have the urge to read them.

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  8. Hoender

    I read the first book and I felt sort of disgusted right until the end. I don’t like reading about a world where rape is considered normal. I don’t like how woman and children are treated as property. Sure, I understand it’s supposed to be “realistic” but I don’t care. I find it offensive.
    There is not a single likeable character.
    I really think this George Martin person is a pervert.

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    • Hoender

      I thought about it a bit more and I realised the thing that bothers me is that female characters exist only to show how brutal the men are. It’s like he thought “how can I show this guy is not a good guy? I know, have him rape a woman, or treat a woman like crap” And then he creates a woman to be raped.

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  9. Aym'e

    Oh thank goodness, I’m not the only one. I started the books but never finished as I didnt find the writing particularly clever and after a while, I found him quite predictable as an author. I could always tell who was going to die next and it just got a bit too unbelievable and far fetched in a bad way. The series is lazy in the fact that it uses sex, nudity and violence to mask a lot & distract when there is a lack of storyline. Throw in some nudity & rape, and everyone seems to be happy.

    The characters that I liked in the book have been “hollywood-ised” to make it more of a sensation, which is sad cos they say the series is true to the books. I think each season gets a more loosely based than the previous one. I’ve heard season 4 isnt much like the books. i’m surprised by the amount of people hooked on it but then judging by the utter rubbish on TV these days, its no wonder people are drawn to this, so I guess its the better of the 2 evils. I find movies & TV in general to be less and less stimulating and just lazy, boring entertainment for the non-imaginitive. Read a good book, use your imagination.

    There is my rant!

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  10. FredVV

    I read the first book, and it was just not interesting. I didn’t care about any of the characters (they’re all horrible) and the plot was just blah.

    If a book doesn’t grab my attention in the first chapter, I’m already annoyed. If after 150 pages I still don’t have a reason to keep reading, then I stop reading. For some bizarre reason I forced myself to finish the damn thing. But that was enough. I’m not going to read the rest of the books, or watch the TV show. Just not interested.

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