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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book -But beware, it's addictive!, 27 April 2013
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This review is from: Game of Thrones - Season 1 [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
I suppose Game of Thrones has been greatly praised already - the wonderful adventurous plot combined with credible characters , the way epic is combined with an exploration of the protagonists motivations and feelings. The accessibility for readers without a literary background and at the same time, the way it satisfies those who do know of Beowulf or Sigfried by bringing the Dark Ages and Northern European lore alive, but in a different version. Of course there'll be those who'll call all this imaginary world escapism, but I can only answer what Tolkien had to say to this objection: what is wrong in dreaming of a different, less grey world? (Of course the professor phrased it much better, in his essay On Fairy stories). I think the point is, some can only see the world as it is, a world of small steps and very practical problems, and even in literature and films they want THAT. Others have an alternative version of themselves somewhere in their minds - an adventurer, or witch, or a dragon, and they need the world of fantasy fiction (sword and sorcery, if you like) to live in from time to time. The only trouble is, Martin's books being much less difficult and a faster read than Tolkien's I already know that I'll have to read all of them and then read them again and again. Maybe readers should be warned - this series is addictive.
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