Where I'm at with A Game of Thrones



You may recall that I am kind of a Game of Thrones fangirl. Both the show and the books kind of make me rage and cheer and generally feel all the feels.

I attempted to review the first few books here, here, and here. I did not bother reviewing A Feast for Crows (you're welcome) and honestly it's gotten to the point where I don't even know how to review them anymore so I'm not bothering with A Dance with Dragons.

Because the truth is these books are crazy huge with SO MANY THINGS and so many people and just SO MUCH happening all the damn time.

In short, they are fantastic.

So, if you're a fellow GoT nerd, let's chat. Share your conspiracy theories with me. Rage with me about how dumb Sansa is or I guess you could make a case for her (HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA) if you want. Just be a doll and mark any spoiler comments as SPOILER COMMENT when you post it. Thanks a bunch.

So I feel this post has purpose, I want you to know this song was in my head whenever I read about Daenerys Stormborn or Arya Stark or Asha Greyjoy or Brienne of Tarth or any of the other bad bitches of Westeros. This one's for you, ladies.


Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

12 comments:

  1. When you say you're not bothering with A Dance With Dragons, you mean not bothering to review it, right? You've read it? Because I'm in dire need of people who have read more than what the HBO series has covered! I need someone to comfort me and tell me that the ending wasn't real and that everything's going to be okay and sunny at the beginning of the next book.

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    1. I've read all of the books, my dear! You've just seen the first two seasons? Or just the first? I will ALWAYS talk GoT with ANYONE EVER. :-) (Ahem. Don't necessarily hold your breath, though, about the "sunny" business.)

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  2. Perhaps I should read this series....? Because yeah... as much as people talk about GoT, I really REALLY wish I got HBO now!

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    1. You should! Yeah, it's overwhelming but it is worth it!

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  3. I am a huge Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire fan. Read all the books and watched both seasons of the show thus far. Usually I find myself agreeing with all your posts, but I now feel obligated to say that I'm 100% a Sansa fan. I honestly think she's the best character in the books/on the show and it baffles me when other people simply dismiss her as weak. I mean, I can understand favoring certain characters over others (unpopular opinion: not a fan of Jon Stark here), but I don't understand this overwhelming hatred for Sansa. Her fights are more in line with societal expectations and customs and she's not a full-out fighter like Arya is, but that doesn't mean that she's weak.

    SPOILERS. After season one she's left at court surrounded by enemies, betrayed by the man she's been told to love who also happens to be her king. She's been raised in this extremely patriarchal system and knows that women are just there to support their husbands and obey men. It's been ingrained in her head. And she also has led a very sheltered, idealistic life. She starts to realize all the unfairness and inequalities and problems in her world, but it's a major thing to ask her to move away from everything she's been told to do her whole life. She's learning, but slowly. She's in between a rock and a hard place and knows that any wrong move on her part will hurt not only her but also her family members. I think her strength is a more subtle one than most of the females in this fandom, but it's present and still powerful. And I can name a million more reasons why Sansa is one of the characters most deserving of praise and support.

    And I'm not attacking you personally, of course. I just really like Sansa and it saddens me when people don't. There just needs to be more Sansa love out there. Although I love Arya, Dany, and most of the other female characters as well for different reasons.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your Sansa opinion! You certainly are not alone. My husband, for one, frequently defends her when I get all up in a tizzy about her.

      He makes similar (and founded) arguments as you - she's got societies expectations on her, being between a rock and a hard place and not knowing how to get out of her situation, etc.

      My frustrations with her stem from her dismissing Arya for Joffrey (yeah I know it was forever ago but I am not over it!) and there's just something about her inner monologue that feels whiny and entitled and naive to me.

      I do think you're right with her strengths being subtle, whereas Arya wears her strength on her sleeve. That is a good point, my friend.

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  4. I have yet to attempt to read this series. It intimidates me just the *slightest* bit, so I haven't tried to read it yet. BUT I promise I will attempt to rectify that situation!

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  5. OK, so I am in the middle of the third. And had to take a break...I was beginning to think of the characters as real which is slightly scary, lol. Also, although I was LOVING the series I was starting to dream about reading other books during the lulls between action. I thought that was a sign I should set the book down and move onto something else so as to come back later and become fully immersed again.

    That being said, and noting where I am...Sansa is an idiot. I keep waiting for her to "get with the program" and she fails me every time. Blah. Can someone not stab her or something already? Daenerys is awesome, I've always loved her thread in the text. And is it just me or is anyone else waiting for Jon and Arya to get together at some point? don't spoiler me if it happens! lol. Just wanted to share in the fan love ;)

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    1. That's the best part about this series - you can step away and come back anytime! They are super easy to get right back into the swing of things. The immersion is a breeze.

      Well, Jon and Arya are like foster siblings and while Jaime and Cersei are certainly all about the incest, I think that's below the Stark's honor.

      I ship Arya and Gendry and Jon and Dany!

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  6. Obviously you know my feelings on this whole business. SPOILERS follow, possibly, so beware!

    I totes believe that Jon and Dany are going to get together before the whole story is done. So many people think that Jon is one of the people who will ride the dragons with Dany and I'm inclined to think that this is a SOLID presumption. At least, that is my hope. I'm SUPER intrigued by the prophecies Dany received in the House of the Undying--which was missing from season 2 of the show!!--and I really think that so many of those prophecies and others point to Jon Snow.

    I will die with the SADZ if Arya and Jon are never reunited. DIE. But I feel like Sansa is going to play some major role in the restoration of Winterfell, and even though she irritates me endlessly, I can get behind that for sure. If she can escape the clutches of Littlefinger, of course, who as we all know, is an evil puppet-master who is stirring all of the pots.

    Also, GENDRY. ARYA. NYMERIA. I predict that these three things will come together somehow. (Isn't it funny how I'm most concerned with Arya meeting back up with people? She seems the farthest away to me, and I don't even mean physically. I feel like she's the one changing the most drastically and moving further away from the Starks and from Winterfell and from societal norms of Westeros. I don't want her to stop being a badass, but I feel like she doesn't seem wholly herself without some of those things, so I want to see her living with them again soon.)

    And of course, my biggest ship: R+L. Lisa, I would read 10 hundred books about them, and we never even meet them ONCE in this series (so far, anyway). But mostly, I ship R+L because I believe SO MUCH that they =J. He's my favorite.

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    1. Also, when I mentioned the House of the Undying, I meant that the PROPHECIES weren't really in the show, not the House of the Undying itself. :-)

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