Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas Paperback – 12 May 2013
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About the Author
Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies, featured in US News and World Report, radio and podcast shows, and Potter fan sites from Turkey to Sweden. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she’s a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, pop culture, and the heroine’s journey and can be found at http://vefrankel.com. She’s also the author of many nonfiction books on pop culture: Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine’s Journey in Myth and Legend, Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger Games, The Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen: Exploring the Heroine of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at Harry Potter Fandom, Teaching with Harry Potter, Myths and Motifs in The Mortal Instruments, and Winter is Coming: Symbols, Portents, and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones.
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Valerie Frankel seems to be a true fan of George RR Martin and is clearly thrilled to have met him and heard him speak. This makes her my type of person. She has also written parodies of Harry Potter which by all accounts are extremely entertaining, so she can obviously write. Unfortunately, if you are going to write a book for geeks you have to have facts and most of them have to be accurate. This is where she falls down, she wanders into regions of history and geography that are clearly not her area of expertise. There may, for instance, have been 300 Spartans at Thermopylae - but I doubt there were many ships; the oracle was supposedly alluding to Salamis when talking of wooden walls. A geek would not get this wrong. Similarly, while George RR Martin did indeed say he based much of his book on The War of the Roses, I suspect he based it on the real war and not on the group of disjointed half facts about the war presented in Winning the Game of Thrones and I truly hope that "based" does not simply refer to a few coincidental similarities in the spelling of character's names.Read more ›
-Overly simplistic chapter about Littlefinger. One of the most interesting, complex and fun characters from both books and TV and he is given a brief word and followed with what can be summed up as: "He is bad so he will get his just desserts." Why? This is hardly the TV series or book series that gives characters their due!!!
-Random chapter on the female characters and feminism. Really annoyed me that Brienne and Arya are dismissed because they 'dress and act like men'. And that many female characters are derided for always talking about men. For a book in a medieval setting involving princesses...well yeah their role was to be marriage/alliance fodder. Depicting them as thus is not sexist, giving them complex and varied characters and not allowing them to be 'defined' by their match-making makes them interesting and complex characters.
Read any online forum and you will get better reviews, ideas and theories....end of
So for me, it was nice to have this book to explain things for me. Not sure of it's usefulness for younger, nimbler (is there such a word) brains but for the price, I think you will have noth to complain about.
There is much and more in the book, all of it good, making you wishing for more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This for the price, is an excellent little book, picking up themes relating to the series. Thoughtful and well researched. Recommended for Games fansPublished 19 months ago by Curlyview!!
THIS REALLY HELPS ,WHEN thereIS A TIME LAPSE BETWEEN books.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT OFFERING.
I hope it's soon.
This is an excellent book. It links the themes of ancient mythology, Arthurian legends and connections with the works of Tolkien.Published on 19 Feb. 2014 by M E CHILLEY
Having read all the "Game of thrones" sequence thus far, this book confirms some of my thoughts and provokes others.Published on 3 Jan. 2014 by David Jones