**Disclaimer: I don’t watch the television series version of Game of Thrones, so all comments pertain to the first book in the series of five.
Phew, I’ve finally done it! I finished the first book in George RR Martin’s epic series, Game of Thrones. Since the tv series launched to huge success, Game of Thrones has become a household word, and hundreds of Game of Thrones memes appear daily, the characters have even been on the Simpsons!
It took me a month to read (its really thick, don’t judge me) and I probably won’t bother reading the other four, it was just too exhausting.
I guess my fomo regarding the TV series prompted me to tackle the books, and I think if I was still in school with long weeks of holiday before me I would probably read them all, but to be honest, I hate that it took me so long to read the first one, and I don’t think I care enough about the characters to find out what happens next.
Martin does an amazing job of creating a rich internal world for each character, and I find it fascinating how a crusty old man can get into the head of a mother of four or girl of eleven, though it does become repetitive after a while.
What upsets me most about the story is that all the good people die or have really bad things happen to them, while the evil characters thrive and get more power. Everybody dies. I know that I am a Disney-princess sort of girl, so maybe Martin’s take is a more accurate reflection of reality, but I prefer stories where goodness, honour and bravery get rewarded rather than punished. I think if Tony Stark had been included in the Stark family tree, the story would have been over on page 300.
All in all it was a good read, but as I have emphasised, somewhat exhausting. Tackle it if you love the tv series, but from what I’ve heard its an accurate reflection of the books, except for the pornography, which is far less apparent in the books.
Over the month I paired this with a few wines, but I found a spicy-rich red (like the Dieu Donne pictured below) goes best, because, after all, Winter is coming.
<p>Article by Aimee McDonald</p>
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