Thus far, I’ve written a number of articles on George R. R. Martin’s horrendously boring A Song of Ice and Fire series. Among these were two in which I analyzed some of the many poorly-written shells that pass for characters in Martin’s world. In this article, however, I will discuss the villain of the first few volumes, King Joffrey. Joffrey is the only well-written character in A Song of Ice and Fire, mostly because he’s the only character who’s internally consistent.
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I highly recommend you read this article by Robert Tracinski about Game of Thrones. I personally feel that Game of Thrones is a symptom of a problem. I frequently see sycophants droning on about how “great” the show is and how “realistic” the characters are, so it’s good to hear that I’m not alone in my concern about the nihilism that Game of Thrones promotes.
In my last article concerning A Song of Ice and Fire, I discussed a character called Jon Snow. He was, as are all George R. R. Martin’s characters, incredibly bland and unpleasant. Although they’re all basically the same character, there are more of the same character to tear apart in these articles, so let’s get started with Stannis Baratheon.
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“What’s wrong with the characters in A Song of Ice and Fire,” you ask? Well, let’s just take a look. As for what’s wrong, where do I begin? Why don’t I start with the fact that they’re all basically the same character? You can’t really expect any better when an author divides his attention among a thousand of them, which is why you need to limit the number of pivotal characters in a story. Every character in the story has, at most, a few personality traits to differentiate it from the cookie-cutter template that Martin applies to the lot of them.
I plan on suffering through several more of these character analyses, but I’ll start with the ever-tedious Jon Snow. No, I’m not talking about Dr. John Snow, the Victorian physician who discovered that drinking polluted water was a bad thing—oh, I only wish! Jon Snow is, amazingly, one of the least irritating of Martin’s characters. I shudder to think of analyzing any of the others, but that’s Future Hamish’s problem!
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With any luck not many people will have read my latest post, entitled Further Thoughts on A Game of Thrones: “A Little Adrift,” as I don’t think it was structured as well as it could be. There were also a number of points I’d forgotten to mention, and I wasn’t really satisfied with the article.
Some things in my life have been a bit hectic over the last little while, and I think I published it before it was anywhere near ready. I tried rearranging it while it was still up, but in the end I’ve decided to take the post down for revision until I’m happy with it. I’ll be posting something else soon, and I’ll hopefully have the revision back up soon after that.
After looking at the first chapter of George R. R. Martin’s abhorrent A Song of Ice and Fire series, it almost goes without saying that we should, without warning, jump fifteen chapters ahead to one of the very worst this series has to offer, doesn’t it? Therefore I will jump straight to reviewing the chapter that should have made me quit reading this awful series.
Continue reading A Game of Thrones Review: One Dead Direwolf and a Whole Cast of Unlikable Characters
In my last post concerning A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, I reviewed the prologue. In today’s post, I shall review the first chapter. Surprisingly, there’s actually one line of dialogue I like in this chapter. Unsurprisingly, however, there is only one line I like.
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In my first article on the subject of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, I mentioned that after subjecting my eyes to the ugliest map ever rendered, the first volume began with a prologue. One of the first things you learn about writing a book is that your first paragraph has to entice the reader. The prologue is a book’s first impression; it’s essentially the story putting its best foot forward. After hearing fans expound upon his “gripping prose” and “realistic characters,” I hadn’t expected the writing to be so blatantly inept. In this post, I will go into some detail on what makes the story’s first impression so unbelievably dull.
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A great deal of what I’ve written thus far has been in preparation for this review. Unfortunately for me, its subject cannot be properly critiqued in a single article. For quite a while I was at a loss for how to start this review, and no part of this has been easy.
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