Martin actually did a lot of historical research a 16-year old wouldn't have had the time for, that's where
the gritty realism comes from.
Believe it or not, I get that he's not pulling this out of his arse like the average adolescent self-claimed writer on fanfiction.org. I also know that Medieval times were tough and sucked for everyone lower than nobility; you were either
born into the right place
or you were
Also succession and the intrigue and power play to manipulate that was inevitable due to the feudal system. I guess GRRM is
basing his ideas on this.
HOWEVER, because of basing his characters on the 'realistic
' source material, that being dickish people screwing with each other (both literally and figuratively), all he does is
delivering a ton of dicks to the scene.
NOW, this would not be an issue for me if I weren't
surrounded by a lot of dicks IRL as well.
I get that some people like this, but I cannot really like anyone from the bunch because everyone is
a selfish misguided dick.
is actually a nice change from the
never-ending, endless 'good guys beating bad guys following a certain exhausted scheme' stories
and probably part of the reason for
the success of ASOIAF / GOT - yeah it can be tough losing your favourite character, but that makes the books exciting, and you'll sometimes find yourself rooting for someone you consider to be among the bad guys too
That doesn't lessen the fact that he's a one trick penis
when it comes to plot and character development. ZING! - he/she/it dead, joke's on you.
While this may be exciting for some (which is perfectly fine of course),
it gets kind of aggravating and rubs me the wrong way.
First, I've established that
more or less everyone is a dick (there goes the good guy/bad guy bias, since you might as well call them dick A and dick B).
Now if we add the fact that
anybody can die at any time (which I guess is 'realistic'), then the question arises: why root for anyone in the first place?
I mean it might work the other way round better - that you despise a certain dick so much that you actually anticipate that
he/she/it will die and then revel in masturbatory glee, which again, might be cool for some, but doesn't do it for me.
Now if you're still with me then
have my virtual pat on the back for vigilantly reading.
I have highlighted the world 'realistic'
with italics, because I believe that is the root of my problems with AGOT: it wants to
be a historical novel but doesn't have the consistency/balls/whatever to go in full force and embrace the genre.
Sure, we have some token fantasy elements like
babby dragons, white walkers and BLOOD MAGIK,
but I felt them to be more of token inclusions, which are outweighed by
Now my problem with realism is that for me,
fantasy is a gateway to escapism, not necessarily high philosophical stuff but simple archetypical heroic things: quest narratives and whatnot.
Is that simple storytelling?
! Is it realistic?
Fuck no it isn't, it's dumb and predictable more often than not!
Do I find it entertaining?
I like it because it allows me to break away from the everyday dread of being surrounded by idiotic human beings who are unreliable, incompetent, selfish, arrogant, backstabbing, opportunistic, vain and so on and so forth. I wonder if there's a good group name for all of these people... oh yeah there is:
TL;DR - I have enough dicks in my life, I don't want any more in my leisure time, hence AGOT couldn't capture my attention. It might be double rainbow awesome crazy weed-smoking t-rex cool in the later books, but I cannot be bothered to plow through. This may or may not mean that I am narrow-minded and I have low standards, whatevs.
For once, there's this thing that doesn't follow mainstream rules and conventions and still manages to have a lot of success, and you scold it
I don't scold it; I just don't like it, hence the read above. I may have not expressed myself properly before, but hey, it's thunderdumb what to expect? Don't fanboy aggro on people for not sharing your views. Also try not to consider this as a personal call out,
even though I know you have a knack for doing that.
I can understand if anyone doesn't like it (there's various reasons I could understand, like
it being too huge to keep track of or understand what's going on)
but the reasons you gave for not liking it are simply invalid.
It's an opinion mang, it cannot be valid or invalid.
Note - the frequency of the word 'dicks' is deliberate.