Sunday, July 17, 2011

Frank Miller's Lord of the Rings

A Dance with Dragons actually exists and has been published and I am reading it! What's next, the Arrested Development movie gets made? I'm getting a kick out of it so far, but it hasn't really caught fire yet - although even if it doesn't, I'm satisfied. I do love the whole A Song of Ice and Fire series - it has all the things I want in my high-end pulp fantasy. Maps in the front, elaborate family trees in the back, dragons, knights, political plotting during which everyone in the book simultaneously stabs each other in the back, descriptions of feasts, etc. that go on for thousands upon thousands of pages. Doorstop fantasy at its finest. I love me some wizards and shit.

I'd planned to write a longer post earlier re: A Game of Thrones on HBO, but I've only watched the first two episodes so far, so that's coming later. I do HAVE the whole season, I just ended up working long hours and when I got home I could really only spare half an hour for television before bed, so we ended up watching all of Parks and Recreation instead. Okay, that's not the whole reason - the other part was that I was a little taken aback by the pornitude. Now ASOIAF is chock-full of sex sex sex anyway - I have to say that's part of what I like about the "dark fantasy" aspect of it, showcasing how lust and greed can drive the fates of nations - so I thought I was prepared. But apparently some people at HBO had the following conversation:

Writer: So, in the first book we have whores, incest, rape, whores, forced child marriage, a lesbian scene, public ritual sex and whores.
HBO executive: More whores.
Writer: I already said -
HBO executive: MORE WHORES.
Other HBO executive: And make sure they're naked!

Also I really wasn't impressed with the kid they got for Jon Snow, and while "Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister" are the five words that guaranteed I would watch the hell out of this show, some review somewhere pointed out that his accent is super cheesy and now I can't unhear it. But I really do need to watch the rest. Otherwise the show we're working on at the moment is House and the last thing I need to do right now is think about how many undiagnosable diseases I might have right now. Pregnancy is one of the times in one's life where one is actively encouraged to be a hypochondriac, and I do not need that, I really don't.

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