Tonight I wish I had HBO! Let me tell you how much the hype for Game of Thrones has sold me. Not just for this show but the books as well. Sure we have seen the ads, blogs, and magazine articles. But that is the end of the list of hype for this story. Let me start at the begining.
For years, people have been telling me to read George R. R. Martin and I have always intended to. No, REALLY! From the first time my friend Adam told me about it many years ago, (and the numerous times afterward) to all the other friends, family and library patrons, I have truly wanted to read these books. To be fair, I also plan to eventually read Charles de Lint, Jeremy Robinson, Joe Abercrombie, Steven Erikson, etc. With three kids, I just don’t have the time to read that I used to.
So, why am I so excited about this series? Well first of all it’s the hype. This show has got amazing reviews.People can’t stop raving about the costumes, cast and writing. It looks beautiful and people are really excited. So I have to be as well, right?
Secondly, I have started the audio book. While reading has become more difficult, audio books have become my way to get all those stories in. Thanks to my amazing and wonderful phone, I can listen to a chapter or two anywhere. On the way to the store, in the shower, laying in bed, and so on. I am only a few chapters in and already, I am hooked. I have downloaded a few maps of the Seven Kingdoms on my phone so I know where the great wall of ice and Pentos is. A detailed map of Westeros is in the collection because it will probably be necessary as well. I am loving this story already. My friends were right to recommend these books. I wish I had got to them sooner.
Lastly, it is fantasy fiction being brought to television. I try to support all of it. I always give it a try. I am so happy that the genre I love is popular now. While I won’t continue to follow a series that blows, (yeah, I’m talking to you Legend of the Seeker) just because its fantasy, I feel obligated to give them a shot .
Are my expectations high? Yes!
Will I be disappointed if it’s bad? You know it! With it’s hype, being on a pay cable network and the author working with them, it better be good.
Regardless, I will be going to a premier party over a friends house to watch and I will enjoy hanging out with my friends.
If you are reading this and you watch the premier, please come here, log in, and tell me what you thought of the show. I would love to discuss it with you.
For those if you watching tonight, enjoy, “And don’t look away. Father will know if you do.”!