Thursday, July 07, 2011
Warning, contains very mild spoilers. Not nearly as bad as the one I got from Stuart "Pot" Clark, though. Thanks for that, by the way.
Yes I did. And I enjoyed it very much. The only thing I didn't enjoy about it is that it is in a number of ways very similar to the novel I have been writing since 2007. So, that means I basically have to change it or risk being accused of plagiarism. I mean, if you're writing a political fantasy novel, there's obviously going to be a bit of subject matter overlap, right? No one will nail me to the wall for this, will they? This is worse than the time Graham wrote 1984 and it turned out George Orwell had written it already.
I enjoyed Game of Thrones greatly, and I feel I must give special mention to the actor Peter Dinklage for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister. I'm sure he knows how fortunate he is to have landed what is probably the best role ever for an actor with dwarfism, and he injects it with so much quality, so much sadness, bravado and pithy humour that you can't help but be drawn into his story. Tyrion is by far my favourite of the characters in the series, mainly because he's out for his own interests, and unlike his brother Jaime, who pretends he doesn't give a shit what anyone thinks about him, genuinely doesn't. He is quite simply past that. He is a hugely contradictory character, seeking his father's approval on one hand and hating him on the other, revelling in his own ghastliness but capable of acts of unselfconscious kindness. Best Tyrion bits? Well, when he gives that little ingrate Joffrey a well-deserved clip round the ear for starters. I could watch that all day. His "trial" at the Eyrie, with his complete lack of respect for his captors and his punk rock curtsey as he walks out a free man. When he helps out Bran - "I have a tender spot in my heart for bastards, cripples and broken things". Basically, Tyrion is best on account that he gets the best lines, and in general gets with the hottest ladies on the show. I therefore confer upon him the title of badass. Can't wait for the next series.