I'm Megan and this is my Game of Thrones blog. More game of thrones when the show is airing, more Wheel of Time/other fantasy when it's not

Featuring random science fiction and fantasy things, and vague ambitions about doing book reviews (less vague starting this summer, stay tuned!).

Formerly howtowinthegameofthrones. The name has since been taken by a website selling steroids (seriously).

 

youmustconstructadditionaltapes:

You know what? I’m gonna do you all a favour
And tell you all about a little book series called Wheel of Time
And why this series is the FUCKING BEST FANTASY SERIES EVER WRITTEN
THIS BOOK SERIES HAS SO MUCH FUCKING POSITIVE FUCKING BULLSHIT GOING FOR IT
SO FIRST OF ALL, LIKE HALF OF THE MAIN CAST IS FEMALE. NO, I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT BULLSHIT EYE CANDY WRITTEN TO HANG OFF THE MAIN CHARACTER’S ARM, OR OVER-MACHO SOLDIER TYPES WHO NEED A MAN IN THEIR LIFE TO SHOW THEM WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE A GIRL. I’M TALKING ABOUT HONEST TO GOODNESS, WELL-WRITTEN FEMALE CHARACTERS. CHARACTERS WHO HAVE FAULTS, AND WHO HAVE DREAMS THAT ARE OBVIOUSLY GOING TO BE CRUSHED BY THEIR ASS-KICKING DESTINY.
ON TOP OF THAT, THE MAINEST OF MAIN CHARACTERS IS IN A HEALTHY GODDAMN POLYAMOROUS RELATIONSHIP. AT NO POINT IN THIS RELATIONSHIP IS IT TREATED AS THE MAIN CHARACTER BEING A TOTAL PLAYER, OR A LOVE SQUARE RESOLVED WITH PRE-APOCALYPSE ORGIES.
But the most important thing about this series is its focus on FUCKING GENDER EQUALITY.
Let me tell you more about these female characters. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has, in their weakest moments, absolutely refused to take dude’s shit lying down. Whenever the male characters try to work their “Don’t worr baby, I’ll protect you” routine, these girls have TOLD THEM TO TAKE THEIR ACT AND SHOVE IT UP THEIR ASS.
“BUT WAIT,” you say, “Isn’t replacing male dominance with female dominance just as chaotic, in the long-term consequences?”
YES. YES IT IS. YOU KNOW WHO ELSE ASKED THAT QUESTION? ROBERT JORDAN. Because while character dynamics are about fighting male dominance, THE OVERALL POLITCAL DYNAMIC IS ABOUT HOW A WORLD RUN EXCLUSIVELY BY WOMEN WILL EVENTUALLY END UP JUST AS SHITTY AS A WORLD RUN EXCLUSIVELY BY MEN. THERE IS A WHOLE SUBPLOT ABOUT HOW THE DUDES TRY TO RUN THEIR OWN THING SEPARATE OF THE WOMEN, AND WHEN EVERYTHING FALLS APART THEY REALIZE “HUH, MAYBE IF WE WORK TOGETHER WE CAN ACTUALLY GET SHIT DONE.” AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY DO.
Not only that but there is a huge focus in this series on the importance of platonic love.
THIS SERIES IS GREAT AND NEEDS TO BE TALKED ABOUT MORE.

ALSO THERE ARE PEOPLE OF COLOUR, WHEEL OF TIME ISN’T JUST WEIRD FANTASY PSEUDO ENGLAND LIKE SO MANY OTHER SERIES. WE’VE GOT INDIAN, AFRICA, MIDDLE EASTERN AND ASIAN CULTURES TOO (and not just super generic “Asian” like specific Japanese, Chinese etc. influences).

READ WHEEL OF TIME.

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

oranjalbatross:

gameofnerds:

Does anyone else kind of hate this title? IIRC that’s the name of the chapter in the book, but calling the film that just bugs me. Doesn’t have the same ring to it as Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug.

I think I’m just sick to death of anything using “of the” in the title. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” nearly killed me.

Definitely! It takes a lot of the fun out of the movie, too. I mean, I know good ol’ Peter Jackson has reworked the films to fit in more with the darkness of Lord of the Rings, but the Hobbit at its core was an adventure movie about slaying a dragon and helping dwarves reclaim their gold. We didn’t even see the battle in the original book since it was all from Bilbo’s perspective, so focusing on the battle instead of the end of the adventure itself seems kind of cheap to me. 

Yeah I didn’t even really consider the implications of that particular title. Like I assumed they would have the battle, because how else do you stretch out this thing to three films, but does it need to have such centrality? We don’t need another LotR, and a grimdark Hobbit is not something I’m interested in. They’ve done well so far, but I’m nervous what direction they will go for the third film.

Oberyn Martell meme: (2/2) two dynamics → Oberyn & Tyrion
Yes, but you are here now, and in some difficulty, I would say. Your innocence may be as plain as the scar on your face, but it will not save you. No more than your father will.” The Dornish prince smiled. “But I might.”  “You?” Tyrion studied him. “You are one judge in three. How could you save me?” “Not as your judge. As your champion.”

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Does anyone else kind of hate this title? IIRC that’s the name of the chapter in the book, but calling the film that just bugs me. Doesn’t have the same ring to it as Unexpected Journey and Desolation of Smaug.

I think I’m just sick to death of anything using “of the” in the title. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” nearly killed me.

dr-erland:

Why I think ashara dayne is pretty damn interesting outside of what Ned, Brandon, or Barristan think of her:

  • Was probably heir to Starfall for a while (her eldest brother was Lord of Starfall for a while, and apparently didn’t have a kid until after Robert’s Rebellion. Meanwhile Arthur had joined the Kingsguard and had given up his right to inherit. Ergo heir!Ashara :D)
  • Brave enough to go with her friend Elia up to King’s Landing, to a region of the country that is quite different from Dorne. By which I mean far more restrictive of women’s rights. (I like the idea of her, Arthur, Elia, and Lewyn meeting up for drinks and being like OMFG WHAT IS WITH NON-DORNISHPEOPLE SRSLY)
  • Managed to not only survive in said misogynistic court- ruled by an increasingly cruel king- but also worked the system enough to thrive and charm the fuck out of people.
  • Witnessed several blatant insults to said friend Elia.
  • Watched many people she knew (on both sides) go to war.
  • Had a baby that either died (the alleged stillborn daughter) or was taken from her (Jon Snow.) Depending on who you ask.
  • Heard about and potentially witnessed her acquaintance (and possible lover?) Brandon Stark being strangled to death. 
  • Was in Starfall at the end of the war, so she had to leave King’s Landing. Knowing full well she might not see Elia again.
  • Lost Elia to one of the most gruesome murders in the series.
  • Lost older brother Arthur, and then had to deal with Ned directly after that.

Ashara had it rough. That’s why I like (LIKE, not necessarily believe)  that theory that she and Arthur are still alive in the Neck, and Ashara is married to Howland Reed, and is Meera and Jojen’s mom. Its a little out there but a much happier turn of events than the alternative.

mats-bloody-hat:

ladysiege:

the White Tower, Tar Valon,
Art by SnowSkadi


Bit of a strange depiction of Tar Valon, but ok. I like it, though!

mats-bloody-hat:

ladysiege:

the White Tower, Tar Valon,

Art by SnowSkadi

Bit of a strange depiction of Tar Valon, but ok. I like it, though!

Game of Thrones filming at Scrabo Tower for season five

tumblrofthrones:

According to people on Twitter, Game of Thrones filming signs (distinct pink “GOT” signage) have been spotted in the area of Scrabo Tower in Northern Ireland in the last few days. Scrabo Tower is west of Newtownards in County Down.

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No mention was made of film crews being seen or any actors, only the signs indicating that filming was happening or had occurred.

Thoughts on what part the Scrabo Tower site could play in season five?