Saturday, April 23, 2011
HBO's "A Game of Thrones"
I ended up really enjoying the book. Yes, it is a work of fantasy, but with a really mature, gritty atmosphere that is very "realistic" in its portrayal of the world of Westeros and the complicated motivations of its many multi-faceted characters. No dancing elves or virtuous paladins contained in its pages, that's for sure. And rather than digging into Northern European mythology, like Tolkien did, its source inspiration is more the actual history of the Late Middle Ages - specifically that of a thinly veiled War of the Roses. Because I was so impressed by the novel, and also based on the reviews I had read, last night I found the time to watch the opening episode of HBO's adaption of "A Game of Thrones".
Sword and Sandal followers should check the series out for sure. It may not be unadulterated history, I know, but its presentation of Westeros is probably closer in essence to 15th Century England than is 5th Century BC warfare as shown during most of the combat scenes in "300" - and most certainly more than the Roman Republic in "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". We'll have to see how the rest of the episodes are done, but for now, the series is highly recommended.
Now I guess that I'll have to get around to reading "A Clash of Kings" before the second season gets shown some time next year.