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To think that Game of Thrones (the TV version) is over-rated tosh?

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kalidasa Tue 23-Apr-13 11:59:54

I concede that it is strangely compelling, but on the downside: horribly misogynistic, eye-wateringly racist (orientalism anyone?), woodenly acted (with a few honourable exceptions, and the children are good), the scripts are really terrible, every plot twist is heralded practically with trumpets, and the exposition is plodding.

I like the music and the map with cogs at the beginning though.

Am I missing something or are we just meant to classify it as enjoyable rubbish (like "Revenge") and get over it?

Cheerfully expecting to be destroyed on this one but would be nice to know I'm not completely alone.

Incapinka Tue 23-Apr-13 12:06:11

I love the beginning too with the maps and music and cogs and stuff but I have to admit that I fall asleep each time I watch it! grin

gollygosh123 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:06:37

How is it racist? More thought police

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 12:11:16

How dare you!

Takingbackmonday Tue 23-Apr-13 12:15:43

No, it's brilliant, but it doesn't compare to the books.

stinkyfluffycat Tue 23-Apr-13 12:17:04

I thought it was crap. I may have missed something but it just seemed to be a collection of beards wandering around muttering 'Winter is coming'...

alienbanana Tue 23-Apr-13 12:17:10

Its one of the best series that's been on tv in years.

kalidasa Tue 23-Apr-13 12:19:20

Not sure I can face the books but maybe I should try.

adeucalione Tue 23-Apr-13 12:20:32

YABU. It's won 34 awards including 8 Emmys and 1 golden globe, and received a further 45 nominations, so is officially brilliant.

kalidasa Tue 23-Apr-13 12:22:54

Wow. That is a lot of awards.

Goldenhandshake Tue 23-Apr-13 12:23:02

You need to read the books first I think, the tv series misses some important points, the books will help you fill in the gaps grin

NotYoMomma Tue 23-Apr-13 12:24:21

It's written like that! It's a mysoginistic society!

Look at Brienne and Arya, there are examples of strong women but even today's society is like that! It's unrealistic to expect full equality in a TV show like this. It's sad but a reflection of the book/ time/ world it was written about

Fecklessdizzy Tue 23-Apr-13 12:26:57

Think what you like! grin

Love it, personally, but as with most fantasy stuff it either floats your boat in a major fashion or you don't get it at all. There's loads of really popular stuff on TV that wizzes straight over my head ...

KirstyoffEastenders Tue 23-Apr-13 12:27:49

I had to force myself to watch it because I couldn't stand the misogyny in the beginning, especially the rape scene. But I've grown to lovee it and, despite the gratuitous use of prositutes in every episode, it's actually borderline feminist.

kalidasa Tue 23-Apr-13 12:28:30

I take the point about the society, but so much of the misogyny/exploitation is played for titillation. So it's not just the society that seems misogynistic (fair enough, part of the world building etc) but also the viewpoint from which we are seeing it.

But to be honest it's the acting/scripts that annoy me more. Does no-one else really find them below par?

YourHandInMyHand Tue 23-Apr-13 12:29:31

YABU - I love Game of thrones.

kalidasa Tue 23-Apr-13 12:30:47

The thing is, I'm not averse to a bit of fantasy or SF, and I quite like the whole maps/made-up languages/bogus mishmash of English history stuff. Though perhaps most of the things I've enjoyed reading would annoy me just as much on the screen.

Fecklessdizzy Tue 23-Apr-13 12:39:27

If GOT bothers you then you should steer well clear of Sparticus ... wink

squoosh Tue 23-Apr-13 12:40:41

Jon Snow
Jaime Lannister

Three good reasons amongst many why I love Game of Thrones.

Songbird Tue 23-Apr-13 12:42:27

It's 'medieval fantasy' (as well as a couple of other genres) according to wikithingy. They were fairly misogynistic and racist in thems days. I actually love the way the female characters are written - strong and feisty! The books are often compared to Tolkein and in this respect (and many others in my opinion) Game of Thrones pisses on LOTR.

NotYoMomma Tue 23-Apr-13 12:43:26

Squoosh - best post of the day.

I wouldn't say no to rob stark.

They also totally hate dwarves OP. r Tyrion is my favourite character!

ophelia275 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:43:45

YABVVU! It is the best thing on tv and last night's episode was amazing (the scene with Danaerys at the end was breathtaking).

Just change the channel if you don't like it.

flatpackhamster Tue 23-Apr-13 12:45:05


I take the point about the society, but so much of the misogyny/exploitation is played for titillation. So it's not just the society that seems misogynistic (fair enough, part of the world building etc) but also the viewpoint from which we are seeing it.

If all that have is a hammer, then everything starts to look like a nail.

ophelia275 Tue 23-Apr-13 12:45:48

I think Tyrion is sexy.

HolyFocaccia Tue 23-Apr-13 12:48:41

YANBU. I dont like it, or Spartacus.
DH watched it while I go on MN.
Suits me fine.

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