For George R. R. Martin Fans

This is the place for discussion of films, books, movies and TV shows, etc. A & E topics related to Taiwan or China should be posted in the Culture & History Forum.

Moderator: Rockefeller

Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby lostinasia » 19 Apr 2011, 21:41

So has anyone else seen the first episode of "Game of Thrones" yet? I just finished watching it, and it seemed OK: note that I haven't read the books, so I can't judge them from that perspective. ("Wheel of Time" had me vowing to never again start another unfinished series.) However, I may be somewhat biased in that I for some reason find Sean Bean watchable in pretty much anything.

What worries me is that it seems all plot and not much character: the Imp fellow is the only one so far who isn't rather cliched, but there's lots of time for development yet.

Note that this is absolutely not fantasy that you could show the little ones. A pair of bloody beheadings in the first few minutes, and lots of more appealing pairs jiggling around throughout. Apparently the missionary position doesn't exist in this fantasy world.

I'm glad to see novels being filmed for TV serials rather than for movies. I wish they'd done Harry Potter that way. (Um, I mention Harry Potter way too soon after "missionary position", but oh well...)
Forumosan avatar
lostinasia
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
 
Posts: 1718
Joined: 20 Nov 2008, 10:15
Location: Danshui. Not Tamsui. Never Tamsui.
43 Recommends(s)
74 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby Deuce Dropper » 20 Apr 2011, 01:30

Why do dorklit writers always double up on the Rs as a middle initial?
Forumosan avatar
Deuce Dropper
Buxiban Laoban (bǔxíbān lǎobǎn)
Buxiban Laoban (bǔxíbān lǎobǎn)
 
Posts: 3787
Joined: 30 Nov 2008, 16:09
Location: 北市
88 Recommends(s)
441 Recognized(s)



For George R R Martin fans

Postby flike » 20 Apr 2011, 06:09

Deuce Dropper wrote:Why do dorklit writers always double up on the Rs as a middle initial?

Because they gotta even out dorkscreenplay writers like George "No Middle Initials At All" Lucas.

My working theory, anyway.
"It is a privilege to be the stand-in for Spencer Tracy. Tracy is a fine actor, but he is most important because he understands why it is necessary to take orders from the front office." Louis B. Mayer, 1938 Academy Awards ceremony

"Why do you not sit on my lap when we talk contracts, like my other stars do?" Louis B. Mayer to Luise Rainer, 1937

"His hand always touched my right tit whenever he said the word 'daughter'." Joan Crawford, regarding Louis B. Mayer, 1938
flike
Mandarin Marvel (Guóyǔ gāoshǒu)
Mandarin Marvel (Guóyǔ gāoshǒu)
 
Posts: 1876
Joined: 16 Nov 2003, 09:06
23 Recommends(s)
25 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby urodacus » 20 Apr 2011, 07:18

R.R. initial: homage to Tolkein. Obviously, D.D.
The prizes are a bottle of f*!@#$% SCOTCH and a box of cheap f!@#$#$ CIGARS!
Forumosan avatar
urodacus
Maitreya Buddha (Mílèfó)
 
Posts: 11282
Joined: 04 Nov 2004, 23:20
Location: banished by the Illudium Q-36 demodulator
195 Recommends(s)
249 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby Jaboney » 27 May 2011, 02:03

Heard on a podcast that Dance with Dragons weighs in at 1,500 pages, and of that...

Spoiler: show
at least half deals with Daenerys.
Forumosan avatar
Jaboney
Maitreya Buddha (Mílèfó)
 
Posts: 10735
ORIGINAL POSTER
Joined: 09 Jun 2005, 02:02
Location: Broadcasting from Neihu
22 Recommends(s)
56 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby lostinasia » 27 May 2011, 11:17

Jaboney wrote:Heard on a podcast that Dance with Dragons weighs in at 1,500 pages

Hardly a surprise re: the spoiler. Book 4 focussed on King's Landing, and Book 5 will be what was happening at the same time everywhere else; it probably won't move the grand narrative too far forward.

I fear we'll see nothing of Arya in Book 5 - who knows how long we'll have to wait to find out what's happening to her. I do hope to find out what's the deal with both of the Clegane brothers.
Forumosan avatar
lostinasia
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
 
Posts: 1718
Joined: 20 Nov 2008, 10:15
Location: Danshui. Not Tamsui. Never Tamsui.
43 Recommends(s)
74 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby Jaboney » 27 May 2011, 14:06

lostinasia wrote:I fear we'll see nothing of Arya in Book 5 - who knows how long we'll have to wait to find out what's happening to her. I do hope to find out what's the deal with both of the Clegane brothers.

That'd be too bad. Arya's a favorite. And I think the Cleganes are settled matters.
Forumosan avatar
Jaboney
Maitreya Buddha (Mílèfó)
 
Posts: 10735
ORIGINAL POSTER
Joined: 09 Jun 2005, 02:02
Location: Broadcasting from Neihu
22 Recommends(s)
56 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby Reaperjim » 20 Jun 2011, 20:31

I am loving this show. It's brutal as hell and pulls no punches. All the characters are awesome even though the majority are scum (everyone spit of Joffrey now), and it just looks ravishing. I really hope that this goes on for more that just two seasons (it's just been picked up for a second). I really want to see Joffrey get his comeuppance.
Madam Speaker said,
Reaperjim
Newspaper Copyeditor (bàoshè biānjí)
Newspaper Copyeditor (bàoshè biānjí)
 
Posts: 465
Joined: 14 Sep 2004, 10:57
Location: Taipei
1 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby lostinasia » 20 Jun 2011, 21:16

Reaperjim wrote:I am loving this show. It's brutal as hell and pulls no punches. All the characters are awesome even though the majority are scum (everyone spit of Joffrey now), and it just looks ravishing. I really hope that this goes on for more that just two seasons (it's just been picked up for a second). I really want to see Joffrey get his comeuppance.

The show's turned out pretty well. I think I like all of the actors now, although it took a while for me with the guy who plays Jon. Mormont father and son are both terrific, as is Joffrey. Not enough of the Hound, however.

God knows how non-readers are keeping track of the politics or the characters: we've got central political figures like Stannis that haven't even appeared on screen yet, and other "key" characters (the Nightwatch guy who helps out Arya) disappear for weeks at a time. And I really don't know how a TV show is going to leave the mysteries of "Who tried to stab Bran?", or "Who killed Jon Arryn of the Vale?" hanging for so long - we don't find out the answer to the latter until book four, do we? Most viewers will have forgotten there's even a mystery by then.

The ending was solid: good cliffhangers for almost all the characters.
Spoiler: show
Dragons
looked fine; I hope they find the budget for CGI direwolves next season.

Jaboney: I really doubt the Cleganes are settled...
Spoiler: show
There's the giant lame guy who gets along with dogs at the island monastery; and there's Cersei's seriously twisted master of whispers, with his Frankensteinish experiments in the dungeons, placing an order for the largest armour breastplate ever made.

I did hear somewhere that Arya will be in Book 5, thank goodness: she's one of my favourites too.

(Nerding out over.)
Forumosan avatar
lostinasia
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
Martyr's Shrine Guard (zhōngliècí wèibīng)
 
Posts: 1718
Joined: 20 Nov 2008, 10:15
Location: Danshui. Not Tamsui. Never Tamsui.
43 Recommends(s)
74 Recognized(s)



Re: For George R R Martin fans

Postby Jaboney » 08 Jul 2011, 02:21

Next book's out Tuesday.

Early reviews are saying it's the best book in the series, to date.
Forumosan avatar
Jaboney
Maitreya Buddha (Mílèfó)
 
Posts: 10735
ORIGINAL POSTER
Joined: 09 Jun 2005, 02:02
Location: Broadcasting from Neihu
22 Recommends(s)
56 Recognized(s)



FRIENDLY REMINDER
   Please remember that Forumosa is not responsible for the content that appears on the other side of links that Forumosans post on our forums. As a discussion website, we encourage open and frank debate. We have learned that the most effective way to address questionable claims or accusations on Forumosa is by engaging in a sincere and constructive conversation. To make this website work, we must all feel safe in expressing our opinions, this also means backing up any claims with hard facts, including links to other websites.
   Please also remember that one should not believe everything one reads on the Internet, particularly from websites whose content cannot be easily verified or substantiated. Use your common sense and do not hesitate to ask for proof.
PreviousNext




Proceed to Arts & Entertainment



Who is online

Forumosans browsing this forum: No Forumosans and 2 visitors

Remember this - very little is needed to make a happy life -- MARCUS AURELIUS