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A Game of Thrones Review: The Prologue

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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The ugliest map I've ever seen.

Review of A Song of Ice and Fire

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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Why is the Princess Favoured Over the Queen?

I recently watched a Doug Walker (Nostalgia-Critic) video about the Disney princesses.  He said that he couldn’t put his finger on why princesses make one feel so uneasy until he saw Bridge to Terabithia, a dreadful film that ends with the brother being the king while his sister is a princess (all in their deranged fantasy, of course).  This made Walker realize that it’s not the role of a princess that causes unease, but the title itself: that boys are cast as kings but the girl is always a princess.  Why not a queen?

Indeed, queens in Disney movies are most often portrayed as malevolent.  Walker attributes this to an image of innocence and youth, power and responsibility but not too much power or responsibility.  I think there’s a better explanation for why children don’t seem to jump so readily at the mention of a queen, and it has a lot more to do with British history, and a lot less to do with an image of subservience. Continue reading Why is the Princess Favoured Over the Queen?