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Game Of Thrones: The Sopranos with swords or Dynasty in chainmail?
The Guardian ^ | 15 April 2011 | Steve Rose

Posted on 04/17/2011 7:30:33 AM PDT by nerdwithagun

So JRR Tolkien walks into the HBO meeting and pitches his great new fantasy idea: "It's set long ago, and there's this magic ring, and some hobbits – they're like organic dwarves – and there's this wizard with a long white beard, and, and …" Four hours later he gets to the end of his summary. "Not bad," says one executive, "but what about the second season?"

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: fantasy; gameofthrones
This was written two days ago, but the show premiers TONIGHT. I don't have HBO, but I am pretty sure I can find a buddy to record it for me.

I know a lot of freepers have trouble with TV shows with sex and violence, but honestly it looks very well written beyond that.

1 posted on 04/17/2011 7:30:39 AM PDT by nerdwithagun
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To: nerdwithagun

I am thinking about switching back to HBO from showtime over this.


2 posted on 04/17/2011 7:32:25 AM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: nerdwithagun
Interesting take: Sopranos with swords, Dynasty with chainmail. Bottomline: Human nature never changes. The Founding Fathers knew this. That's why they gave us the Constitution.

(sorry for the diversion, now back to the Game of Thrones!)

3 posted on 04/17/2011 7:36:33 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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4 posted on 04/17/2011 7:46:23 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: nerdwithagun

Will check this out tonight.
I tried watching “Camelot” on STARZ but wasn’t too impressed.


5 posted on 04/17/2011 7:47:58 AM PDT by SMCC1
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To: nerdwithagun

The books are brilliant, but they spare the reader no human depravity whatsoever. It will be interesting to see how much of that carries over to the screen.


6 posted on 04/17/2011 7:49:42 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: nerdwithagun

I tried reading “Game of Thrones” and didn’t like it to the point I actually put it down. That’s rare for me. I found the characterizations shallow and too much of the fantasy element was generic. That’s just MHO.

But now we know where Boromir really went after he died! ;-)


7 posted on 04/17/2011 7:51:33 AM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Perdogg

If you have directv, I believe HBO is free till tomorrow.


8 posted on 04/17/2011 8:12:21 AM PDT by MetaThought
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To: nerdwithagun

Read the books, they’re fabulous.


9 posted on 04/17/2011 8:33:32 AM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: SMCC1
I'm an Arthurian enthusiast and have been since the 1980s.I have pretty much all the better known non fiction and fiction books published since the 1950s, and a few older, more obscure titles.I had such high hopes for Camelot..."Not too impressed" would be putting it kindly here. But it's attractive eye candy, so I'll probably keep on DVRing it.

I am looking forward to TGOT, and I haven't read the books (though I have read other books by the author.)

10 posted on 04/17/2011 8:35:56 AM PDT by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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"I tried watching “Camelot” on STARZ but wasn’t too impressed."

Arthur looked like he would be more comfortable selecting fabrics than fighting.

11 posted on 04/17/2011 8:44:33 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: arderkrag

I totally agree. The books are great. In my opinion it will be hard for the books to be translated on TV, but am curious and will watch to see.

If you enjoy George RR Martin’s books, I’d recommend reading Patrick Rothfuss’ The KingKiller Chronicles.


12 posted on 04/17/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: nerdwithagun

First three books were great, fourth book was OK, and still waiting for the 5th book after many, many years. Obviously not LOTR or Conan- but very, very enjoyable if you like this genre.


13 posted on 04/17/2011 9:09:02 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Will a hero rise in 2012?)
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Martin is very brutal to his characters, don’t get too attached heh.


14 posted on 04/17/2011 9:15:27 AM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: nerdwithagun
Lena Headey- Photoshoot Pictures, Images and Photos

And Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles/300's Lena Headey runs the eeveel Lannister clan..

15 posted on 04/17/2011 9:21:35 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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Lena Headey runs the eeveel Lannister clan..

"That's 'Headley."

16 posted on 04/17/2011 9:22:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nerdwithagun

The books are the best modern Fantasy series, period. I put it up against LOTR, and in many ways its better.

The author has NO FEAR about manhandling his characters... and it is impossible to predict. If you have a chance, the “Song of ice and fire” is worth the read. And the re-read. And the re-re-read. And the 4th time around.

Too bad Martin is a raving liberal. sigh...


17 posted on 04/17/2011 9:25:26 AM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Snickering Hound

Her character also has a gross “relationship” with her brother. Total turn off, doesn’t matter what she looks like.


18 posted on 04/17/2011 9:31:10 AM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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One does not simply walk into Mordor... but a new fantasy series is another matter ;)

This does look interesting will have to check it out, but I got to love the veiled hatred the Guardian seems to have for LOTR and Narnia, just because Tolkien and Lewis refused to lace either with gratuitous sex
19 posted on 04/17/2011 9:34:28 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: nerdwithagun

>This was written two days ago, but the show premiers TONIGHT. I don’t have HBO, but I am pretty sure I can find a buddy to record it for me. <

I am 100% sure it will be on the bit torrent networks ready for download. I usually download instead of paying $80 monthly for cable.


20 posted on 04/17/2011 9:57:38 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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>”I tried watching “Camelot” on STARZ but wasn’t too impressed.”

Arthur looked like he would be more comfortable selecting fabrics than fighting.<

LOL!! Damn true. Arthur acts like a metrosexual instead of a king. I understand he’s supposed to be a kid but his brother Cain should have had the role of Arthur.

Either way, my GF likes it and the brunette who plays Morgana, well, she looks great naked who am I to complain?


21 posted on 04/17/2011 10:00:41 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: nerdwithagun

I think I finally have a reason to be paying for HBO.


22 posted on 04/17/2011 10:23:03 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Snickering Hound

IMHO, Scandanavian women are the only ones that can remotely challenge Spanish women for hotness.


23 posted on 04/17/2011 12:44:37 PM PDT by MattinNJ (Will a hero rise in 2012?)
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To: max americana
My husband is hoping it will be on bit torrent, we got rid of HBO a few months ago. He read the books & REALLY wants to see it.

I wish they would make cable channels a la carte, so you don't have to buy a package with 50+ channels you'll never watch. When will they figure it out?
24 posted on 04/17/2011 1:59:00 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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I will pay your FR membership IF it’s NOT on bit torrent available for download. Ever heard of EZTV?

I;m with you..if you could pick your channels, i would have kept paying but HBO will be showing the anti-Palin mockumentary next year so I won’t pay for them. I even watched the NBA playoffs awhile ago on my laptop and yesterday on streaming web so who needs cable?


25 posted on 04/17/2011 2:06:16 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: nerdwithagun

I think they borrowed this idea from Starz network. Starz had Spartacus last year and that was excellent. They are now doing one with King Arthur, lots of sex and violence, but it’s great to see a mature version of the legend/myth.


26 posted on 04/17/2011 2:15:17 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: max americana

I’ve been watching a ton of shows online on YouTube & Netflix, so I haven’t missed the cable at all. I’ll chack out EZTV. Thanks!!


27 posted on 04/17/2011 2:32:50 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: nerdwithagun

Heard about this, but I prefer to read the books rather than watch movies. These books are the anti-Tolkien, with no good and evil split - the Starks are generally right-minded but by no means lily white, and they all get bumped off except for the younger children very early in the series, so don’t get too attached to Eddard and Catelyn (though Catelyn comes back as a zombie on down the road). Virtually every character is deeply flawed, and many are just plain sick. The prostitute-loving dwarf Tyrion and the bastard Stark (Jon Snow) are about the most “heroic” characters left after Robb Stark gets whacked at his own wedding (though Jaime Lannister is much easier to get along with once he gets his sword hand lopped off and gives up boinking his sister).

GRRM is badly late in finishing the next book - wonder why?


28 posted on 04/17/2011 8:39:37 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Wanna learn humility? Become a Pittsburgh Pirates fan!)
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Ack, you big spoiling spoiler! :p

Teasing, sorta. I read up a little on the series and I kinda knew a ton of the characters die and I am glad Jon Snow and Tyrion is still kicking in the series...for now.

29 posted on 04/17/2011 9:47:19 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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