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Review – 2011 – “A Game of Thrones”
Part of the George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series.
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“A Game of Thrones” – Book 1 in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series: [Pasted from Wikipedia]-
“A Game of Thrones” is an American medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. Based on author George R. R. Martin’s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones, the television series debuted in the U.S. on April 17, 2011. The production is based in Northern Ireland, with additional locations elsewhere in Europe also being used. The show’s cast is mainly British and Irish.
Series Synopsis: – [Pasted from Wikipedia]
Highly-anticipated since its early stages of development, Game of Thrones was very well received by fans and critics. The series was picked up for a second season on April 19, 2011, two days after its premiere. On July 14, 2011 the nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, with Game of Thrones being nominated for 13 categories, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage, which he won. The series also won an Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design the weekend before, at the Academy’s non-televised technical Emmy awards presentation.
A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. Martin began writing the series in 1991 and the first volume was published in 1996. Originally planned as a trilogy, the series now consists of five published volumes (the fifth was published on July 12, 2011); a further two are planned. In addition there are three prequel novellas currently available, with several more being planned, and a series of novella-length excerpts from the main Ice and Fire novels; Martin announced on his 2011 national book tour that the first four prequel novellas, his “Dunk and Egg” series, will be collected into a book and published by Bantam Spectra after the fourth novella is first published in an original anthology he and Gardner Dozois are editing. One of these earlier excerpt novellas won science fiction’s Hugo Award. The “Ice and Fire” series has been translated into more than 20 languages and the fourth and fifth volumes reached the top of The New York Times bestseller lists in 2005 and 2011. Overall, the series has sold more than seven million copies in the USA and more than 15 million copies worldwide.
The story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes place in a fictional world, primarily on a continent called Westeros but also on a large landmass to the east, known as Essos. Most of the characters are human but as the series progresses others are introduced, such as the cold and menacing supernatural Others from the far North and fire-breathing dragons from the East, both thought to be extinct by the humans of the story. There are three principal story lines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros’ northern border; and the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war fifteen years before, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne. As the series progresses, the three story lines become increasingly interwoven and dependent upon each other.
The series is told in the third-person through the eyes of a number of point of view characters. By the end of the fourth volume, there have been 17 such characters with multiple chapters and eight who only have one chapter apiece. Several new viewpoint characters are introduced by the conclusion of the fifth volume, setting the stage for the major events of the sixth novel.
The growing popularity of the series led to it being optioned by HBO for development of a television adaptation, Game of Thrones, after the first novel. A pilot episode was produced in 2009 and a series commitment for nine further episodes was made in March 2010. The series premiered on April 17, 2011 to great acclaim and ratings, and two days later the network picked the show up for a second season. Shortly after the conclusion of the first season, the show received 13 Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Supporting Actor.
There are board games and role-playing games based on the available novels, as well as two collections of artwork based on and inspired by the Ice and Fire series. The French video game company Cyanide has announced that they have partnered with Martin to create a video game adaption of the books, entitled A Game of Thrones: Genesis. There are licensed full-sized sword and war hammer reproductions available; paintable white metal character miniatures; larger resin cast character busts; Westeros coinage reproductions; a forthcoming series of graphic novel adaptations of the “Ice and Fire” series; and a large number of gift and collectible items from HBO based on their cable television series.
Without a doubt – this first series called ‘A Game of Thrones’ – in what promises to be a epic and continuing Drama Fantasy series will make TV ratings history. I first watched the series earlier this year – I watched it a second time a month later – then I read the book – and then I read the whole of the published series of five (5) books – and I eagerly await the release of the next two and final installments of the story. I am also watching the first “A Game of Thrones” series a third time and after having read the Book – I am enjoying the series as much as previous reviews.
This is bigger and better that “Lord of the Rings” – more graphic and entertaining that “Rome” – it is vivid and lustful fantasy at its greatest. The way the story is told – fleeting here and there as each Chapter tells of happenings in a Kingdom and its many Realms and of those who want to conquer the Kingdom from afar. The Author juggles over 200 characters all with their own traits, loyalty’s and localities – none are revealed until the deeds reveal the hidden connections – it is an enthralling read and I spent the best part of two weeks doing nothing else but reading the published books.
The plotting, scheming, blood thirsty challenges all make for gripping entertainment within a story that has great bonds that identify with our own lives and heritage. The Author George R.R. Martin has penned a masterpiece -
The first of the series was published in 1996, [A Game Od Thrones] – the second in 1998, [A Clash of Kings] – the third in 2000, – [Storm of Swords - split into two volumes in the series I read] the fourth in 2005, [A Feast of Crows] – and the fifth – [A Dance With Dragons] was only released early 2011. The sixth installment – [The Winds of WInter] – is being written at the moment and the planned seventh and final installment – [A Dream of Spring] – is still some years away.
I have never enjoyed a series as much as I did this – for many different reasons – the most important is that the central plot has so much relevance to the void in Leadership around the World in modern times – this Series tells of a fantasy world where strong leadership is enough, but were corrupt leadership ends in tragedy for all. That is what we have in our current Leaders – weakness for all the same reasons that this series highlights – self-serving and self-promotion interests and the ‘lust’ for Leadership – its power and everything else it brings and sporns … there is so much similarity and I wish that the ‘off with their heads’ option was still the simplest solution to dealing with corrupted Leaders and their throng of co-conspirator’s.
EYE-BALL MovieZone Rating [scale 0-10]: 8.5/10 …
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