|oh, Jon Snow...|
I didn't expect to like Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire this much. And judging by the reactions I've gotten from people who know me in real life (I think the fact that I differentiate between real life friends and internet friends means I spend too much time on the internet...), no one expected me to like this series this much either.
Let's take a moment to think about this: the only TV shows I've watched with regularity in the last half decade (I stream everything online) have been Gossip Girl, Revenge, and The Carrie Diaries. The last time I read anything in the fantasy genre was in 2007 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. Most of my favorite films are cinematic and contemplative—or, as my action-hungry movie-watching friends would say, "slow paced." As a Chinese-American suburban high school girl, I am about 82.7% sure that George R.R. Martin did not create the series with my demographic in mind.
But nevermind demographics (I remember reading that the average viewer of the show is a 41 year old male...hmmm...). I'll admit, I did have a pretty hard time getting into A Game of Thrones at first. It's been a while since I've read a book (did I say book? I meant tome) of that size with so many protagonists and foreign names of places, but once I got into it, I began to understand why this series is so immensely popular.
I was asked the other day what I liked about it, and my response made me realize that I liked it for all the same reasons I like all of my favorite films and novels—the characters are heartbreakingly human, caught in epic journeys greater than them all. I may have only read the first book and watched the first season (I'm ridiculous about reading books before watching adaptions, and I'm still waiting for A Clash of Kings to come before I'll let myself watch season 2), but I'm addicted already. And I promise (oh, promises! I'll certainly do my best to keep this one) I'll give a full review of the series once I finally catch up on the rest of the published A Song of Ice and Fire books!
|a map of Westeros|
Seeing it all in action helped a lot with my appreciation. And I'm sure that I'm not the only one who thought so. I mean, it's got to be pretty good in terms of aesthetics if Helmut Lang's Fall 2012 collection was inspired by it. :)
"The starting point of inspiration for Fall 2012 came from a modern interpretation of the Game of Thrones guardians. Their dual existence of forest life and a stark, minimal world is embodied in the mixing of hard and soft fabrics, tree-bark printed leather, and minimal body-conscious silhouettes."
- Nicole and Michael Colovos, creative directors at Helmut LangHere are some of my favorites:
Tell me, have you read and/or watched Game of Thrones, and how do you feel about its presence in popular culture?
images from this post are taken from HELMUT LANG JOURNAL, nosculconcept and style.com.