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

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'good if you're a fan of the fantasy genre and are cool with the Dragonlance series' or 'good' in the general sense.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

GOOD GOOD

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING FROM ILX

The other side of genetic power today (Laurel), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

did a search for 'Game of Thrones' to see if this show was already mentioned, and saw nothing about it or the books so...no?

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

REALLY GOOD GOOD

this nerd is v v v v excited

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

whoops. just searched 'game of thrones'. i actually wikipediaed this ages ago when the pilot was first announced. it's coming back to me.

Freddy 'The Wonder Chicken' (Gukbe), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

This will be awesome. I gave up on the books after the first two, but would still like to see it on teevee.

crazy ass between (askance johnson), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Third book is probably the best.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

I'd agree with that

Bunsen burner, bubbles, IT'S ALIVE! whaaaaa-? (HI DERE), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

ok so what's going to happen when this show becomes wildly successful and 4 years from now they run out of god damn source material

did you mean: fart blasters? (nickalicious), Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbh if they've any sense they'll get to the end of book four about two and a half seasons in

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

also: 'they will come up with their own ending, more quickly and as validly as george r r martin manages to come up with his'

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

amazing that its been 4 or 5 years since i was really into these books and the next one's still not out...dude isn't gonna finish the series is he :(

it's definitely good tv series material though if they're willing to run it out long enough and don't try to cram each book into a single season (the 3rd book alone is like as long as the entire lord of the rings iirc)

ciderpress, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

you think they ought to make it longer? u mad

thomp, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

not necessarily make it longer, just not do 1 book = 1 season when the books are of varying length and plot complexity (4th book could be cut down by a ton for example to make room for more stuff from the 3rd book)

ciderpress, Saturday, 27 March 2010 16:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

They could just do more episodes for the season w/ the 3rd book. I don't see how they could split it up though.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Saturday, 27 March 2010 17:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Gobbled up all the books on the recommendation of ILXors. I'm looking forward to the HBO show, but mostly I just want the new book! And then I guess there are two MORE of these books that he has to write, in-between blogging about the Jets and going to fantasy conventions? Sigh...

schwantz, Saturday, 27 March 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

expected to air around this time next year, alongside the second season of Treme.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Can't wait for the crossover episode.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 23:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 book = 1 season makes total sense

they can make that work

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

also hbo shows arent always 1 season = 1 year

sopranos took long breaks

delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, 19 June 2010 11:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Never read the books, but pretty keen on watching this.

rhythm fixated member (chap), Saturday, 19 June 2010 13:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

what is the point of this if the dude won't even finish the books???? Goddamn stop re-writing them already!!!

ears are wounds, Sunday, 20 June 2010 10:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

also hbo shows arent always 1 season = 1 year

sopranos took long breaks

― delanie griffith (s1ocki), Saturday, June 19, 2010 7:50 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

name one HBO show besides Sopranos that didn't/doesn't do a new season every year

fantast (ico) (some dude), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

actually, I'll name another, Curb Your Enthusiasm, but i think that's it

fantast (ico) (some dude), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Wire had a significant gap between seasons 3 and 4, but that was partly because they weren't sure if they were going to renew it.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 14:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

at this point, I am wondering if it might not be better if some talented cable TV writers finished this thing for him. I am losing faith that he has any idea where he is going with these books.

richie aprile (rockapads), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

We should start bitching about the BSG/Lost style finalefail.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 17:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

Turns out Tyrion is Jesus.

schwantz, Sunday, 20 June 2010 19:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

big love took a break right?

ian, Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

If it hasn't it needs to.

Gee, Officer (Gukbe), Sunday, 20 June 2010 20:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Carcetti is Littlefinger

That character means nothing to me obv.

orakle-krake (Gukbe), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

FUCK YEAH THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!

hot dub grime machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that is good casting

richie aprile (rockapads), Monday, 12 July 2010 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

ditto

Really looking forward to this!

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 13 July 2010 02:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

more teasing

a cankle of rads (Gukbe), Monday, 13 September 2010 06:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hope this starts a trend of classy TV fantasy adaptations. Someone should do Perdido Street Station (though would be fucking expensive). Do these books have monsters and magic and shit, or is it just guys fighting with swords?

rhythm fixated member (chap), Monday, 13 September 2010 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

They have dragons and undead.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

only in the first and last episodes of this season though, that saves you some money right there

thomp, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

perdido street station feels basically like a miniseries already! which is unfortunate in that the other bas-lag stuff wouldn't really work as further series of.

thomp, Monday, 13 September 2010 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Exclusive EW pics

Martin has penned the 8th episode.

Also EW On the Set

There's a new language or something that's better than Klingon it says.

Gukbe, Thursday, 18 November 2010 22:04 (3 years ago) Permalink


Looks nice and wintry

Number None, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 01:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't the guy in the first scene of the trailer also in the Lord of the Ring movies? I guess all "serious" fantasy movies/series now have to look kinda murky with muted colours, since LotR did that. Will anyone make a colourful fantasy movie anymore?

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah thats sean bean... ive been reading the first book and im not a fantasy guy at all but its p. good... a lot of the early parts of the story take place in a wintery shithole, which limits your color choices... plus its kind of 'gritty' fantasy and they wanna convey that style/mood...

lotr movies were pretty colorful imo, like that part where they're in elfburg and the dwarf goes AND U HAVE MY AXE... lots of stuff actually... its just the color palette changes depending on context... i mean what do you want dude, rainbows over mount doom..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipr-wS5iBv0 (Princess TamTam), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, not necessarily, of course it depends on the story... It's just that every recent live action fantasy seems to have had a similar muted colour palette as LotR, as if gritty fantasy was suddenly the only choice. For example, based on the trailer the Avatar The Las

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, not necessarily, of course it depends on the story... It's just that every recent live action fantasy seems to have had a similar muted colour palette as LotR, as if gritty fantasy was suddenly the only choice. For example, based on the trailer the Avatar The Last Airbender movie has the same kind of look even though the source material is actually quite colourful and fun.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 30 November 2010 12:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

have you read the books? if there is one story that needs to look "gritty", it's this one.

get off my lawn (rockapads), Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

This kind of thing often bugs me about fantasy societies that seem to stay in technological stasis for 1000+ years.

i know for sure that there are people around here who know a ton about this topic, but isn't that kinda the M.O. of the fantasy genre? as in: magic replaces or forestalls the industrial revolution indefinitely. or else the narrative seems driven by the end of the "era of magic" as a coming magic-less modernity replaces it. no idea whether/how GOT even fits into that, however.

ryan, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

Feel like the Maesters also have a monopoly on all technical knowledge and are probably not shy about maintaining it?

, Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Despite being magical in nature, the Wall is the site of some interesting technology -- I'm thinking mostly of the elevator -- and is beyond the Citadel's influence.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:59 (2 days ago) Permalink

The Eyrie also has an elevator type contraption

, Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:03 (2 days ago) Permalink

i know for sure that there are people around here who know a ton about this topic, but isn't that kinda the M.O. of the fantasy genre?

That or it backtracks. Tolkien never delves too deeply into this -- I suspect it wasn't an area that he wanted to think over too much! -- but there's always a sense of heights long distant that have been lost. Essentially an oversimplified view of technological collapse after the Roman Empire leading into the 'Dark Ages,' so there's at most a tenuous maintaining of what's still around. (One thing that still impresses me a bit about LOTR is that it's a fairly empty landscape, strewn with ruins and the past.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 April 2014 01:16 (2 days ago) Permalink

I guess Industrial Revolution fantasy is stuff like Steampunk or maybe something like Alasdair Gray's Lanark.

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:17 (2 days ago) Permalink

robot dragons by season 6 or gtfoimo

nashwan, Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

saruman is an industrialist & middle earth is a prelapsarian rural paradise of staffordshire lads who like to wander down country lanes singing songs about trees. imo it's too pre-industrial, it doesn't have the feel george lucas spoke about of a "used universe", but the language felt real & lived in. I suspect a fantasy writer who was really into economic history wld not be especially popular, but I feel like it cld be a noble endeavour

ogmor, Thursday, 17 April 2014 09:35 (2 days ago) Permalink

I guess Industrial Revolution fantasy is stuff like Steampunk or maybe something like Alasdair Gray's Lanark.

― 1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin)

China Mieville's Bas Lag novels also.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

howl's moving castle too?

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:48 (2 days ago) Permalink

I really want a fantasy novel by someone into economic history. We could call it 'hard fantasy'. Something about the discovery of new trading routes leading to a decline in the citystates formerly with a monopoly on the trade of Varisian Pepper. Leading to a scramble for new conquests among the bordering powers.

Frederik B, Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Weren't the Star Wars prequels based on trade wars and sanctions?

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:00 (2 days ago) Permalink

wldnt a fantasy writer into economic history just be a scifi writer

lag∞n, Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:27 (2 days ago) Permalink

Frank Herbert

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:32 (2 days ago) Permalink

Frederik, try this: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darkness_Series

Wahaca Flocka Flame (DJP), Thursday, 17 April 2014 11:34 (2 days ago) Permalink

That article lost me the moment the author handwaved the long winters. Long winters that use up most of the resources collected during the preceding summer are exactly the kind of thing that prevent investing in new technology. They have no good way of knowing when winter ends and when their next harvest will be, their focus is going to be on survival.

gyac, Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

choked on pigeon's pie? murder most fowl ; )

― am0n, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:58 PM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:52 (2 days ago) Permalink

re: Econ Fantasy:

The Neal Stephenson Baroque Cycle is kind of what you mean, but more historical fiction than fantasy...

schwantz, Thursday, 17 April 2014 16:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

, Friday, 18 April 2014 00:31 (Yesterday) Permalink

so embarrassing when you're doing a marketing presentation and you've accidentally included a slide from your grotesque death scene

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 18 April 2014 00:44 (Yesterday) Permalink

"Really funny guys, but can we please get back to these Q3 numbers now?"

djenter the dragon? (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 April 2014 15:04 (Yesterday) Permalink

I really want a fantasy novel by someone into economic history.

As a relative of an economist who has written exhaustive family histories almost entirely from an economic history viewpoint, no you do not. There is dry, there is bone dry, there is desert, and then there is economic history in narrative form.

As a companion piece or an appendix to which the main narrative refers, sure. That would TOTALLY flesh things out. But you do not want an economist telling you bed time stories.

Survivalist Compound Row (B.L.A.M.), Friday, 18 April 2014 17:35 (Yesterday) Permalink

The Neal Stephenson Baroque Cycle is kind of what you mean, but more historical fiction than fantasy...

― schwantz, Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:14 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

p much every NS book has some kind of econ nerdery in it, the dude is hella into that stuff

gbx, Friday, 18 April 2014 17:45 (Yesterday) Permalink

I just want ASOIAF without dragons and undead and that kind of thing. It would be just as compelling without it. (yeah, I know, check out my original and important opinions, but still)

Try Leuchars More! (dowd), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:06 (Yesterday) Permalink

can't agree with this. the whole point is that magic and the supernatural are slowly but surely seeping back into an unsuspecting world.

nitro-burning funny car (Moodles), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:20 (Yesterday) Permalink

I do agree with dowd, because for me ASOIAF was about the political integration of the world and the way actions rippled out.

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Friday, 18 April 2014 18:22 (Yesterday) Permalink

to clarify I thought it'd be interesting to see someone who'd created a world from the bottom up so that it felt plausible, I don't want a novel written like a geography textbook

ogmor, Friday, 18 April 2014 22:46 (Yesterday) Permalink

Feel like the economics (ok, not how it works in regards to agriculture feeding the cities other than the Martell's lording it over everyone) but it feels like the Lannisters being in debt is burbling under the surface. Is the Iron Bank a real thing or just a metaphor for war costs?

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:14 (11 hours ago) Permalink

it is a real thing

it's a trilby (Clay), Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:31 (11 hours ago) Permalink

Where does Bronn keep all his gold??? Hmmm

, Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:35 (10 hours ago) Permalink

, Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:37 (10 hours ago) Permalink

Wow, i had to look at that for a full minute to carch that

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:55 (10 hours ago) Permalink

Carch carch carch

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 April 2014 03:56 (10 hours ago) Permalink

haha, i was all staring at dude's belt looking for clues to murder

gbx, Saturday, 19 April 2014 04:04 (10 hours ago) Permalink

someone explain it to me like I'm five

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:01 (8 hours ago) Permalink

oh wait nvm

lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 19 April 2014 06:02 (8 hours ago) Permalink

pls explain

"got ye!" (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 19 April 2014 09:17 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Jaime got a new hand in the 1st ep

, Saturday, 19 April 2014 09:23 (5 hours ago) Permalink

Oh, lol, forgot about that. Man, he's exploiting that on set, huh?

Frederik B, Saturday, 19 April 2014 10:36 (3 hours ago) Permalink

yall acting like takeout coffee isnt a commentary on the unsustainability of late capitalism and the death if magic smh

lag∞n, Saturday, 19 April 2014 13:12 (1 hour ago) Permalink

Cheap coffee at royal wedding just showing the financial strains the war has put on the Lannisters

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Saturday, 19 April 2014 14:28 (4 minutes ago) Permalink


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