By VIOLET YUEN
To be honest, I’m not sure I care that much about the TV series. I’ve been told that it’s awesome, but although I’ve seen the last season, it didn’t exactly leave me panting for more. In fact, I could even forgo watching the latest season.
I would love to be told spoilers so that I don’t have to see it for myself. It’s safe to say that I’m not a huge fan.
But there are things about it that I like very much!
So I’m in this dilemma — should I continue watching the series or not?
I know this is supposed to be a blog about vaping, but I’m sure there are many vapers who watch and love Game of Thrones — and ultimately, this is a blog for vapers.
So for those who aren’t fans, bear with me, I’m going to count all the ways (and reasons) I like Game of Thrones. It’s about to get geeky…
George R.R. Martin is a genius at world building and story advancement. When I first started reading the books years ago, it stood out from all the other high fantasy series I had been reading.
While it has elements of sword and sorcery in it, it deviates from the typical elf and orc races featured in most high fantasy series. These are inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and many of them make use of a lot of the elements in Tolkien’s series.
Martin, however, has built a whole world that’s magical and yet, grounded in reality. Many of the events in GoT are inspired by real life historical events.
Even places and characters are inspired by those in real life.
If you think that the events in Martin’s story are horrendous, here’s something even more horrendous: similar events actually happened in history!
Martin once said, “No matter how much I make up, there’s stuff in history that’s just as bad, or worse.”
For those who’ve watched the series, isn’t that a scary thought?
For those of you who are interested, insideonline has an infographic showing the parallels between GoT and history. (Click on the image to see the full infographic.)
It’s been said that “truth is stranger than fiction” (by Mark Twain, I believe).
While we might cringe at the thought of Cersei and Jaime — the Lannister twins — bumping uglies and having three children with each other, did you know that for generations, Egyptian royalty were required to marry their siblings?
The cities, the plains, the castles! Don’t you feel like travelling when you watch the GoT series? Whoever’s choose the filming locations is doing a magnificent job!
Combine these awesome locations with camera work that’s on point and you get a visually stunning masterpiece. It’s so much easier to immerse yourself in the world when its background scenes are put together in such an artful manner.
What I really enjoy in TV shows though, are when the camera focuses on microexpressions. These can say so much more than any dialogue sometimes. It gives you an inner eye into the character’s personality and emotions.
I’ve only watched one season but the cast is spectacular!
And although I’m not fond of cold weather, the landscapes in the show are enough to make me want to visit those places.
Iceland, Croatia, Spain, I’m coming for you!
For a whole list of GoT filming locations, check out this article.
No Mary Sues
One of the best things about GoT is that there are no Mary Sues. Martin might like a character but they still remain very real and he has no qualms about killing them off.
The show’s producers have no such qualms either. No one is safe!
It’s even worse in the books because the chapters are told from different characters’ perspectives and you’d think that if a story is told from a character’s perspective, they are more likely to stay alive. No such luck!
One of the characters that I really liked when I first encountered in the series actually died very early in the story. Imagine my shock! Authors don’t normally do this…
The characters in GoT break rules, they suffer — and not storybook suffering, they really suffer — and they will emerge triumphant, one hopes. But if this series is true to life, who knows if they will succeed.
Until Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, female characters haven’t been that complex. They seemed to be either good or bad. There was no exploration of how women are just women, who — like men — can do good or bad things.
The women in GoT are certainly complex, with desires of their own that go beyond the fairy tale happily ever after.
You have Cersei who’s willing to do anything to protect her family, Arya, who’s on some rampage to kill all the people who harmed her family. There’s Sansa, who went from the typical “princess” to war-hungry ruler. And Margery who’s also a princess in her own right, who would do anything to be queen.
And of course the list would not be complete without mentioning Daenerys (Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons).
Her name is a mouthful and she’s a force to be reckoned with.
While everyone wants to rule and is fighting over that coveted throne, Daenerys knows that the throne is hers and she’s on her way to claim it.
There are many articles drawing a parallel between Danaerys and Henry Tudor. Both were penniless, pretty much alone in the world and yet believed that they were meant to rule.
We all know how the Henry Tudor story ended; he became king. Will that be Danaerys’ end as well.
I suppose I’ll have to tune in to find out, don’t I?
Do you think I should watch the series? Let me know in the comments!
PS. While watching Game of Thrones, I'll be vaping juices from Throne Liquids. I believe their juices are inspired by the TV series and they are gorgeous all day vapes!