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AGoTI almost wrote this entry several weeks ago, but life happened…you know how it goes. But what I wanted to address was Game of Thrones and more specifically, the Unbowed, unbent, and unbroken episode. Most already know, that this was the episode where Sansa Stark marries and is later raped by Ramsey Bolton. Now, it shouldn’t have to be said, but for the sake of argument I will say it here: rape is never a good thing. Luckily for us, Game of Throne is a fictitious show and not real. Kind of sad, but I shouldn’t have to point that out either, and yet here I am doing exactly that. And yet, after the episode aired many took to social media claiming that they were never watching the show again and how Sansa‘s rape in no way added to the plot of the character nor the storyline. As for me, I love the show and will continue to watch as I saw nothing wrong with the episode in question or any other episodes. You see, people often forget that television is not only about entertainment, it is also about exploring and bringing to light aspects of our society that we feel need to be addressed, talked about, explored and in general, torn apart in order to gain a better understanding of it. I’m not saying that is what happened here, but rape has been a buzz word in the media lately – especially in the last election – so it is not out of the realm of possibility that this is what was going on. Secondly, we don’t know that this horrible act didn’t add anything to the character, that will be determined later on down the line as the show continues and the character grows. And lastly, the books, in George R. R. Martins own words, “[R]eflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism. It was very classist, dividing people into three classes. And they had strong ideas about the roles of women.” In his books Martin has made several of the main characters women, giving them a tremendous amount of influence power in the goings-on of the story. That’s saying a lot since many women in history had tremendous sway and power in their day – the Mistress Diane De Poitiers of Henry II, comes to mind – but many of them only had that power behind the scenes and through a man, they rarely had the opportunity to get up and speak their mind. So in that sense, while Martin, I believe, is trying to mesh together a little history in his fiction, the role of women in his books aren’t historically accurate. They have power, they’re outspoken, and they openly challenge the men that get in their way. Lastly, for the second time, there is plenty of violence against men in this show as well. Jamie gets his hand cut off; Joffrey is poisonedmany other men were burned to death at the hands of Stannis, and yet I have said nothing about that. Why? Because it’s fiction. Now if the producers of the show had created a scene where Sansa was raped and they tried to make the scene lighthearted or comical, I might have had a problem with that, but everything in that one scene shouted this is bad, even the music was somber.

As for me, I have continued to watch the show and love it as much today as I did when I started watching it. And, I plan on buying this latest season on blu-ray when it comes out.

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crossbladTo any real science fiction fan, Star Wars holds a special place in our hearts. For many it was how we became introduced to the genre. For others, like me, it was one of the first movies many remember watching, and thus opened up our world to something new and strange and wonderful, and special. That’s why when I watched the new trailer for The Force Awakens trailer I was somewhat disturbed to see the Sith character with a lightsaber that also had a lightsaber cross-guard. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that if this was the real world that sword would present more of a hazard to the wielder than any opponent he might find him/herself fighting against. All I can say to this is that Jar Jar Abrahms better not be screwing up the most beloved franchises in movie history.

I’m not sure how I feel about the Hobbit trilogy of movies. At times they seem to bleed together and not break any knew ground, but that’s not to say they aren’t well done. Visually they are stunning, but sometimes I feel the movies are a little light on plot. And maybe I’m old school, but I’ll take good story over awesome visual effects any day.

AGoTIt took me most of the summer, but I was finally able to read and finish George R. R. Martin‘s A Game of Thrones. Ever since the show premiered on HBO now almost five years ago, I had wanted to read the books but was a little intimidated because each individual book was so massive and I was also afraid that I might like the writing style – nothing frustrates a reader more than committing to a book and getting a couple of hundred pages into it only to discover that you don’t find the plot engaging or can’t stand the writing style. To make a long story short on that front, not only was the book’s plot just as gripping as the shows, the writing was superb. I won’t rehash the plot here because the show does do – for the first book at least – it justice, but what I will say is that if you ever have the chance to read the book, I would, even if it is 800 plus pages long.

Rating: 5/5

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bearers_of_the_black_staffI was lucky enough to get this book on sale. Regardless of whether or not is was on sale, this book was on my list of books to get as I have made it a goal read the original Shannara series. Bearers of the Black Staff is the first part of a dilogy in the Shannara series. The second book being The Measure of the Magic.

TheEyeOfTheWorldI have to admit that I have had this book for many, many years. Everybody raves about it and everybody says that it’s great, but I’ve just never gotten around to reading it, which is somewhat funny because I own it in paperback, hardcover, and now, as of this morning, in digital format. I had planned on reading it this year, but as it is I’m in the middle of Stephen King‘s Under the Dome, and I think I might be only able to handle one giant sized book in a year.

Like billions of others, I have become a huge fan of Game of Thrones, but I read this this morning and can only hope that it’s a joke, I mean, can you imagine, Game of Thrones without Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister?

Peter Dinklage Replaced for Seaon 4?

dracopediaI have been throwing around this idea involving dragon lately. The book deals with how to draw dragons but also gives some useful background, which is what I was really looking for. It has also given me several new idea simply based on the fact that the book deals with more than your run-of-mill winged dragons. There are also drawings of land dragons, sea dragons, basically any type of dragon for all habitats. Should be interesting.

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