Rating – 4 stars
If a large part of your livelihood is adapting source material for the screen, you’re always on the lookout for deep characters, a beautifully crafted and compelling story, passion, violence, intrigue, humanity, and all the ambiguities that come with a fully realized world … and you never find them all in the same place. Except we did. It was exhilarating and terrifying. ” – D. B. Weiss, Executive Producer & Head Writer, Game Of Thrones.
This line so aptly describes Martin’ mammoth series A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration of HBO’ insanely amazing series Game of Thrones.
I had never heard of the series or the author until I saw this on TV and had a jaw dropping moment, literally at all that I was seeing. It wasn’t your average fantasy drama about a medieval kingdom with knights and princesses in love or princes being conspired against – well not all of it, as I expected it to be but it was a whole new level of crazy shit honestly and I was hooked. I have read fantasy and watched a lot of the genre too in terms of movies and TV shows but nothing of the sort of GOT. It’s not just about magic or dragons or the cliché good wins over evil after a million hurdles type of show – its brutal, its violent, its downright sick at times and its terrifying how addictive it can be for the same reasons. There is sex, gore and so much bloodshed you honestly find it creepy and yet you love it. Martin hasn’t just written a book about kings at war in a time where sorcery is present – he has created a whole world, characters, that you love or loathe or sometimes find feeling a bit of both.
At times the most unlikeliest character grows on you and you are dumbfounded and downright horrified – when you find yourself pitying an incestuous, arrogant knight who could kill a harmless innocent child without flinching but it seems does have goodness in his heart if given a chance to show.
So of course when I came across a book about the making of the show which is my new addiction I had to read it and it was as enjoyable to learn about the process of the making of a show which is unlike anything I had ever seen or will see probably.
I wanted to know the madmen who could have the courage and be insane enough to be the people behind this magnum opus and the tale of their blood and sweat which we witness every season in 10 episodes each year since the commencement of the show and it was worth the time and effort every bit.
Recommended for: Fans of Game of Thrones