HBO adaptation of Game of Thrones - will this be just for nerds? (NO SPOILERS PLEASE)

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hi five!

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

also that counts as a humblebrag, right? ;)

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

i'm on storm of swords now. it's good, but i liked the first book best. should be incredibly easy to adapt for cable!

here's some big-ass pics:

http://i.imgur.com/0NlAW.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xLJ3Y.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/vUc0i.jpg

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

am 3/4 of the way through the first book...freaking love it!

those photos make me p excited for the tv show

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, I should have followed that up with #humblebrag

Looking at prices on eBay I'm wondering if I should just sell this thing, or wait a few more years?

'what are you, the Hymen Protection League of America?' (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

wait until he's dead, yes

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

holy crap @ the wall, that is impressive. is the 2nd one supposed to be winterfell? don't remember things well enough to ID the first one, maybe the lannisters' castle? that was by the ocean iirc

i'm real tempted to reread the books now that the 5th one finally has a release date and i don't remember most of the plot details, but that's like...4000 pages of pulp fantasy when i already have a long list of new and probably better things to read, damn. i'll probably do it anyway

ciderpress, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

whatever you do Jon, DON'T TOUCH THE BOOK AT ALL, EVER.

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Those pics are awesome. I am pretty excited about this show.

ENBB, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

ya first one is king's landing, second is winterfell

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

the casting is looking pretty good too

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah

ENBB, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Need to re-read but books completely boxed up and unreachable in storage!! ;_;

go peddle your bullshit somewhere else sister (Laurel), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

very excited about hearing my first name spoken repeatedly on tv.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Viserys?

go peddle your bullshit somewhere else sister (Laurel), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

those pictures look pretty rad. i usually like this kind of stuff better when there are actors and, like, vistas, so that's another reason i'm looking forward to the adaptation, although the books were def A Cut Above.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

"robert"

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

nah theon.

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've mostly gotten off the endless/knotted/OTT/hyperinvolved fantasy saga train by now for a variety of reasons -- changed foci of interest in life, etc. -- but I think I'll be good with this to watch as it stands. If anything I think I'm glad that it's been adapted rather than trying to imagine dealing with the whole series; if it delivers as good drama that's all I need, really. I have absolutely no doubt that if I was twenty years younger I would long since have memorized all the books backwards and forwards -- but I grew up when I did and I got, well, Dragonlance.

(My dream extended adaptation wouldn't actually be a fantasy series but would be a hell of a blast -- Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond/Niccolo cycles, set in Renaissance/16th century Europe; if you want hyperinvolved plotting across decades and shades of grey characterization, you want to read these ASAP. And she completed it all before she passed so no regrets a la Jordan.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah i'd say Martin is 90% likely to pull a Jordan at this point given his age/health and how slowly he's written the 5th book of supposedly 7 or 8

ciderpress, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm less convinced than everyone else that GRRM's gonna die before finishing. There's only 2 more books and he's only 62. Does he have any known health issues aside from the obesity?

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not sure people are totally convinced he's gonna pop his clogs, it's more of a fatalist thing after what happened with RJ

Number None, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost -- I suspect the only reason everyone's all thinking it might happen now is that people joked about it in re: Jordan for years and then he actually DID die and now people are all "MARTIN WE ARE PARANOID ABOUT YOU AND YOUR HEALTH ARGH"

(Or what Number None just said.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Don't thing i could stomach another writer finishing these ala WOT though

Number None, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

A Song of Ice and Fire's epic conclusion, by Nicholas Sparks.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

;_;

VegemiteGrrl, Thursday, 24 March 2011 23:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think he can definitely write 2 more books if he sticks to his guns, i'm more worried about him stretching the story out into more than 7 books. he's already done this once, it was originally gonna be 6 books and then A Feast for Crows was sandwiched in later, and it seems like each time he gives a new character a voice, even if they were in the storyline already, it just increases the scope of the whole thing.

ciderpress, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

i think i'll feel better about it if some of the separated characters' plotlines start to merge again in the next book, there was just so much fracturing of the plot by the end of book 3 and none of that's been resolved yet iirc

ciderpress, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Must be kind of cool to have hundreds of thousands of people actively willing you to remain alive though. Maybe that's why he doesn't want to finish?

Number None, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

where was this filmed? i want to guess the winterfell area is scotland but i have no basis for that

ciderpress, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

maybe i'm just mentally linking The Wall with Hadrian's Wall or something

ciderpress, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

ireland, scotland and malta iirc

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Friday, 25 March 2011 00:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought some was in Morocco too but I might be wrong.

ENBB, Friday, 25 March 2011 00:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

I wish I had HBO now. That ice wall looks nice. I cannot even remember half of what I read tho. ;_

I expected big laughs from "Corky Romano" (brownie), Friday, 25 March 2011 00:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

part of the reason im pysched for the series is that it makes rereading at least one of the books unnecessary

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e13/Lendo80/fbgm.gif (Lamp), Friday, 25 March 2011 05:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Every time I read about 'Sansa' my brain automatically starts chanting 'Sansabelt! Sansabelt! Sansabelt!'

VegemiteGrrl, Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

I started re-reading this, and I have to say I am worried that the show will sort of overwrite my own visualization of the various locations, kind of like Lord of the Rings did, despite my best efforts to resist it. May skip the show.

rockapads, Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

LOTR overwrote the visualisations from the Bakshi film for me, so an improvement.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Saturday, 26 March 2011 14:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

really dig the king's landing/winterfell contrast in those first two pictures. one of my favorite things in these books is (extremely minor spoiler) how homesick sansa gets for winterfell, and how defensive she is about the way it looks--low and grey and, um, stark, in a way she didn't know she loved when she was there, and didn't know was so much like her, cuz she thought she was all king's-landing-glam.

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 26 March 2011 15:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah my own visualization of winterfell wasn't quite as cloud-city-ish but i really love how it looks there anyway

ciderpress, Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

i like how both castles have architectural styles that aren't just plucked straight from the medieval europe cliche of a castle

ciderpress, Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

On first impressions, I don't thing it's stark enough? The interiors could win me over but in a general way, isn't constructing round buildings a lot more work and finesse-y than square ones? Doesn't seem in keeping, all the extra labor and attention just to result in some inconveniently round rooms.

go peddle your bullshit somewhere else sister (Laurel), Saturday, 26 March 2011 17:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

I agree with that. I definitely didn't picture it to be some kind of architectural marvel. it's supposed to be ancient.

rockapads, Saturday, 26 March 2011 18:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's been awhile since i've read these i'm pretty sure bran the builder (i swear i had to look him up!) was famous for his building.

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 26 March 2011 21:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

There's nothing particularly fancy about a rounded castle tower, and when they're built that way it's for a reason - they protect against siege weapons differently than a square building would. It's not exactly how I pictured Winterfell either, but it's a valid design decision that doesn't contradict anything we know about the Starks (and yeah, Brandon the Builder gets mentioned a lot... there's supposed to be a great architectural tradition in the North, eg. the Wall)

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Sunday, 27 March 2011 04:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

u r the biggest shithead

ENBB, Sunday, 27 March 2011 05:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

also can I just:

"NERRRRRRRD"

VegemiteGrrl, Sunday, 27 March 2011 05:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

tbh this series is probably third only to LOTR and harry potter for fans geeking out over minute details

ciderpress, Sunday, 27 March 2011 06:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

(eep shithead comment on wrong thread btw)

ENBB, Sunday, 27 March 2011 13:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

That's a relief!

ℳℴℯ ❤\(◕‿◕✿ (Princess TamTam), Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:38 (seven years ago) Permalink


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