George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones for television

I’ve recently discovered that HBO has made a television series of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones book, the first one in the series of The Song of Ice and Fire. Needless to say, I cannot contain my excitement when I discovered (after some careful ferreting) that it’s got a very good cast. (Disappointingly, one of my favorite actresses, Jennifer Ehle, was set to star in it, but had to withdraw due to unreleased reasons). Names like Sean Bean, (Boromir from Lord of the Rings), Lena Headley (Sarah Connor from the Terminator Chronicles) and Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin the dwarf in Prince Caspian) popped up and even now I’m grinning because Peter Dinklage had been the ‘face’ that I had used when thinking of Tyrion Lannister, the character he is set to play.

I suspect that HBO has spared no expenses, and already – Game of Thrones is labeled as the most anticipated television show of 2011. To me, it comes as a welcome relief from the vampire and werewolf craze our world has been caught up in. I never got into the Twilight Saga and urban fantasy is (sadly) a bit of a same old, same old concept (vampire meets girl, vampire likes girl, girl likes other vampire, magic in between and sex and biting. And biting during sex.…) I’ve been absolutely yearning for real fantasy (one of the reason I’ve started my reread of Robert Jordan’s Epic Wheel of Time series and my almost obsessive hunt for Maggie Furey’s Artifacts of Power), the genre which I have dedicated more than fifteen years of my life to.

Magic, swords, dragons and kings somehow never get old. Certainly not as old as sulky teen vampires…

So, I am awaiting with much anticipation the release of this series on South Africa’s screens. I realize that it might take some time for it to get here, but – I can wait.

Because Winter is Coming.

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6 thoughts on “George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones for television

  1. Antonio January 4, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    I saw that. I have the 1st book but haven’t read it yet. i don’t have HBO, but hopefully i can get a friend who has the channel to get interested enough in the show to invite me over(grin)

    • Alyssa January 6, 2011 / 6:13 pm

      lol, i’m sure one of your ‘lady friends’ will do so Antonio. It’s worth it.

  2. Tiffany January 5, 2011 / 1:06 am

    Oooh! This looks great!!

    • Alyssa January 6, 2011 / 6:13 pm

      If it’s like the books, it’s EXCELLENT!!! i’m so jealous cause you guys will probably see it before me!!!

  3. Anne March 12, 2011 / 5:05 pm

    Hi there
    If you want to keep up with the news iro Game of Thrones there are two websites I check every day – 1) Winter is Coming.net for all types of news, video clips etc. etc. and 2) Westeros.org for screenshots of the videos. I find the best place to actually see the videos is on Youtube (have to download them to see them). Nice to see a fellow South African fan!
    Anne (from Durbs)

    • Alyssa March 13, 2011 / 8:32 pm

      🙂 Always good to meet a fellow South African!
      Thank you for the advice and welcome to my blog!

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