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'Game of Thrones' series Greenlighted

Posted by Jack S. Pharaoh on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Holy fuck, yes. I know this means nothing to almost everyone here, but I've been waiting for this since the book series was first optioned three years ago. They even released the first production still, a shot apparently from the prologue of the book. So, yes, people, deal with me starting random threads and forcing irrelevant knowledge upon you. This is how Jack does business, aggresively and in a pompous third-person. Pray I never decide to educate the lot of you about pregnancy.

http://www.thrfeed.com/2010/03/hbo-greenlights-game-of-thrones-.html

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Well, take a good look, Rob: he's the one visible over Robb's shoulder, with the incoherent look on his face.  He might be about to be kidnapped and molested by that guy with the beard.

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Jakester wrote:

I started reading "A Game of Thrones." It is not boring.

You're not telling the story right, Jake: in my experience, a person always has to say where they got the book, what they thought when they picked it off the shelf, got it in the mail, downloaded it on Kindle (haven't actually seen anyone tell the kindle version of that story; that's probably not very interesting). You have to say what your expectations where, but then how when you started reading you were all like, "Whoa! This isn't what I was expecting!" and then how you thought it would go this one way, but then "Whoa!" it went a whole different way.

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I got the Kindle edition.  What I thought when I was waiting for the download was "Well, HBO liked it enough to do a series about it, and Jackoff Sparrow can't stop jizzing about how awesome it is.  So, for $5, I probably can't go wrong.

As I started reading it, I was a bit surprised to discover The Others were not human.  I had expected these books to eschew magic for some reason.  I don't know why, but it was just an expectation I had.  That magic is involved is not a let down or anything.

I am only up to where Daenerys is looking all regal, and someone just said she was old enough 'cause she got her rag.

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Jakester wrote:

I got the Kindle edition. What I thought when I was waiting for the download was "Well, HBO liked it enough to do a series about it, and Jackoff Sparrow can't stop jizzing about how awesome it is.

You'd best invoke that name with a measure of respect.

Jakester wrote:

As I started reading it, I was a bit surprised to discover The Others were not human. I had expected these books to eschew magic for some reason. I don't know why, but it was just an expectation I had. That magic is involved is not a let down or anything.

Yeah, the books do have that reputation, because there isn't magic to the degree that most fantasies have it. I watched an interview with the producers recently where they said that people in this world react to magic like they might in the real world, in that they don't believe in it and are surprised to see it. I thought that was a pretty good description. Naturally, there are some characters who are more likely to believe in the supernatural, and then there are characters who actually have firsthand experience with magic. I think it makes the magic a lot cooler when it actually does show up.

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Jack S. Pharaoh wrote:

You'd best invoke that name with a measure of respect.

Seemed to me he invoked the names of Kindle and HBO with the respect due to them.

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I'm sure this question has already been asked and answered in this thread, but why aren't they calling the show A Song of Ice and Fire?

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

I'm sure this question has already been asked and answered in this thread, but why aren't they calling the show A Song of Ice and Fire?

It wasn't asked because it didn't need to be answered! I wasn't surprised when I first heard they were using the name of the first book, rather than the name of the series: the series' name is a little more unwieldy, I think. Also, it wasn't until a ways into the second or third book that it became clear to me that the title 'A Song of Ice and Fire' had any actual meaning, while the phrase "the game of thrones" is used by characters in the first book to describe the political ladder climbing some characters engage in, and this phrase continues to be used once or twice and remains relevant into the second and third books. I'm not sure whether it's the strongest title, but I think it's not bad. I think the word "game" has an appeal to it in a title, as it suggest some type of competition and or chicanery. "Thrones" is probably a word that is pretty identifiable with medieval type drama. 'A Song of Ice and Fire' isn't particularly clear about anything, I think, and probably sounds more fantasy-ish, while 'Game of Thrones' sounds like it is referencing the historical fiction and political themes of the show (which, in fact, it is), which I think the producers and HBO want to emphasize to differentiate this show from other fantasy stories.

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Has it led anyone to be confused as to the scope of the show?  That is, do any fans think it must only be covering the first book?

Probably not, to answer my own question.  My guess is that many of its fans are as fanatical as you, and want to know every little available detail. 

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

Has it led anyone to be confused as to the scope of the show? That is, do any fans think it must only be covering the first book?

Yeah, I've seen some confusion, both by fans who haven't followed the production closely, and those who have. The ones who haven't followed production closely have questions like the one you posted: how much of the books is being covered? A few fans, despite being more in the know, still came to the bizarre conclusion that the name of the show would be changing each season to reflect the titles of the various books. I've seen this commented on repeatedly at various sites, and it's just dumbfounding; what show would change its name like that? Some just simply ask why they picked the name of the first book rather than the name of the series.

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I agree with you about the series title sounding really fantasy-like.  It sounds like a sequel to Bakshi's Fire and Ice.

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Also, there'd be the problem of the second season being called A Clash of Kings, what with there being very little actual "clashing" going on. It'd be bound to irk viewers.

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I bet you could convince them that a group of kings/king collective is called a "clash."

They'd be all, like, "Yeah, I totally already knew that."

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Next you'll be telling us to murder some crows or something!

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Wait..."Clash?"  There are TITANS in this show?

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IN 3D?????

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Apparently Maureen Ryan of AOL broke the news that the composer for GoT was replaced by some other guy. Fans are freaking out. I find their reactions amusing, though also irritating. I know I shouldn't be irritated, cause who really cares, but they're just like chickens with their heads cut off.

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Are they announcing they've replaced him with John Barry, or something?

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SOME OTHER GUY????????????????

OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

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The Swollen Goi... wrote:

Are they announcing they've replaced him with John Barry, or something?

I don't know who that is. They've replaced the first guy with Ramin Djawadi.

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How can this new guy possibly match the musical scores that were in the books?  Impossible I tell you!

Turn your head and cough!
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That's it! CANCEL THE SHOW!!!!

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Just read on Martin's blog that the Ice and Fire series will be coming in comic format starting in late spring of this year. Probably around the time the HBO series starts.

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Yeah, I saw that; converting this series of four going on seven somewhat large novels into comic books seems a bit too much, I think.

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Will the comics be using the show's designs and actors as guides, or will they be their own thing?