Game of Thrones and Adaptation; Bursting with Books Events

25 Apr

I don’t have a finalized list of events where R.J. Hore, Larry Flewin and I will be selling books yet. Stay tuned, but if you’re in the Winnipeg-ish area, we’re potentially getting a last minute table at the Mother of Dragons Craft Sale. I only told Ron about it two weeks ago – I’ll be surprised if we’re in. I’ll post a list as soon as more is finalized. Keycon is a go, and I need to switch some shifts around to be at several events.

Editing is going slower than anticipated, but I am making good progress on the current WIP. This is surprising, because despite me reading a lot of classic sci-fi, I’m up to the end of season 4 in Game of Thrones.

I probably should like all of this more than I do, and, from a creative standpoint, I’m really impressed with all the craftmanship that is associated with making each and every episode. I’m not a purist who will complain about this or that in the books, because I think a healthy part of all story telling is knowing how to adapt it for whatever you’re doing. Internalized monologues work well for books (and surprisingly, some musicals) but it can be tough to translate for a lot of stories on screen. It still amazes me how much is cut out from books, steamlined and still the series is around 10 hours a season.

I’ll say in general, I really like the sets and the majority of costumes for male characters. I’m all over the place on costumes for female characters. I’m spoiled, as often times I think I watch historical flicks for the costume porn. Granted, one of the things that irks me are the people who get all in a snit because they aren’t 100% historically accurate. Sometimes this is more warranted than others, but I’d probably be going on about all these middle-eastern characters played by Europeans as opposed to ‘they couldn’t get that shade of blue’.

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I get more anal when people are griping about a fantasy that isn’t ‘accurate to medieval’. Besides the obvious that the medieval ages isn’t limited to one time and place (I suppose the 11th century Spanish dressed differently than the folks living in what would eventually be Germany in 900) fantasy can have whatever rules they want so long as they’re consistent. Granted, I find it easier to do historical research now due to internet availability, but I think for films they’re justifiable in making certain changes because they’re making films. I make cracks about lack of helmets all the times, but it’s easier to emote when your face isn’t obscured.

I’ll talk about my favorite and least-favorite costumes in another post, probably when I’m at least caught up to the end of season 6, which is what the local library has in stock.

What I really like is the opening credits and the map of the cities. I’m saying this as I ink and play around with maps on my own. I was originally ‘meh’ about it, but I think it really makes the scope of the world more visual for watchers. I know I’m sounding silly because I was never a person who appreciated all the maps I’ve seen in the average book, until now, anyways.  What is interesting is that it’s starting to deviate from the book’s timeline but I doubt the audience would tolerate a lack of Dany, Tyrion, and Jon chapters from Feast for Crows for an entire season.

Either way, I’ll post again with the list of places we’ll be selling books in the near future. I got one book to polish and send off, another rough draft to finish. Guess I should stop blogging and get on it.

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