Blogs can be mindless, right? Mindless in that I can write in a way I cannot write in articles. Without thinking. Just starting up, creeping out like a seedling, testing the air — too hot? too dry? — before unfurling and turning green.
Let me start out by saying that everything said here has been thoroughly prefaced by an iced mocha.
Let me continue in saying this is how I begin every story. Until somehow, magically, the FORT POLK, La. — issues forth from my fingers before I know it and the story is begun. Then everything before the magical dateline is deleted, just like that.
While I'm thinking on what this blog will be about … so how about that Game of Thrones? What a show that is! Who will win the game? And which major character is set next to greet death? So long as it isn’t Tyrion “The Imp” Lannister, newly minted Hand of the King; or Jon Snow, Ned Stark’s bastard son; or Robb Stark, Ned Stark’s eldest son; or even Daenaerys (Dany) Targaryen, with her new set of dragons.
I’ve just gotten my hands on a copy of the books. I started the first one (A Game of Thrones in what is called A Song of Fire and Ice series) last night, and when I wasn’t absorbed in Comedy Central or “Say Yes to the Dress” I was reading the book. The sheer length was not enough to intimidate me, as I’m reading an electronic copy (though as someone who likes to read, the length of a novel is as likely to scare me as a little puppy prancing merrily around in the grass is).
I can’t weigh in yet on the book, other than to say that so far it’s well-written.
Most of the series’ readers are incredibly enthusiastic but suggest patience when it comes to the books’ length, which, seriously, can scare even a seasoned reader. It all pays off, they say, in the end with the unique storytelling abilities of the author, George R.R. Martin.
The fact in “Game of Thrones” is, no character is two-dimensionally good or evil (except for a few characters like a certain boy king from this season): For better or worse, the characters are human. It’s the very reason Ned Stark (spoiler alert!) sells his honor — and a fake story of treason — before he’s (spoiler alert!!!!) executed at the end of season one.
This humanness is more than endearing. It’s reflective: It helps the audience to see ourselves as the characters. So the characters come alive for a while — as pieces of ourselves that are exotic and perhaps untold — and we are entertained.
* I may blog in the future about Game of Thrones, especially if I do get into the books. This may cause a) unintentional shifting into formal/poetic tone, b) lots of spoiler alerts, c) many parenthetical statements and d) sweeping generalizations. Cease reading if symptoms grow worse.