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 Post subject: Game Of Thrones
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:14 am 
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Just finished watching season one of this on DVD.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944947/

Good mythic stuff, with lots of strong violence and affecting tragedies, but I would probably have liked it better with a lot more trad fantasy elements... is there plenty of magic and monsters in the GRRM's books (I've not read any), or does this TV series accurately reflect a rather limited fantasy content?

Is anyone watching season two yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Game Of Thrones
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 2:22 pm 
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I've just started book one having watched the series. There are a few more traditional fantasy elements so far (the encounter beyond the wall right at the beginning certainly has a more magical element than the TV version did) but at the moment it's all pretty much medieval-usual and political intrigue. It's very enjoyable though, even knowing what will happen, as it's richer in detail. So far it seems the HBO version has been quite faithful on the whole (except for ages of the women, but that's unavoidable) but maybe it will slip away as the book develops?

I'm hoping the battles will be dealt with in rather more detail - that's where I thought the budget restraints most obvious in the TV version - as viewer we seemed to come to them when they were over, the action having occured off-screen.

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 Post subject: Re: Game Of Thrones
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 4:21 pm 
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As in the Potter movies the GoT TV series has to stay close to the books as they are (were) unfinished when filming/scriptwriting started. Once all the books are published they can leave stuff out, otherwise the scriptwriter can't be sure what's important and who is alive later in the series.


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I'm seven episodes into the second series and the fantasy elements are more prevalent compared to the first series. Think they needed to tone it down slightly to get the mainstream audience on board.

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Haven't read the books yet, but watching the first series I wondered for quite a while if it was going to turn out to be sf in disguise, if they were the descendants of colonists on a planet with an irregular orbit.

Very disappointed to be missing season two at the moment, because we don't have Sky Atlantic on Virgin.

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 Post subject: Re: Game Of Thrones
PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 12:55 pm 
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Ray wrote:
..all pretty much medieval-usual and political intrigue. It's very enjoyable though


Yes, that's my reaction to the TV series. I found GOT a lot more entertaining than recent stuff like Camelot.

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I'm seven episodes into the second series and the fantasy elements are more prevalent compared to the first series.


Glad to hear it... Let's have more zombies and/ or dragons!

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..watching the first series I wondered for quite a while if it was going to turn out to be sf in disguise, if they were the descendants of colonists on a planet with an irregular orbit.


Not knowing anything much about it, I was thinking that, too...
Does Aldiss' Helliconia seem like an influence on GRRM's books?

I usually hate maps in fantasy novels, but I thought the TV show's title sequence was very effective.

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