11 Reasons Why I Haven’t Read The Game Of Thrones Books Yet!

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Game Of Thrones.

I have been following the series since the past 1.5 years and I am crazy about it.

I must confess that the last time any series had so much of an impact on me was 15 years ago – and it was the Harry Potter series. But I had read the books first and then saw the movies during my Harry Potter stage. This time, it is completely different. I have NOT read the books of ASOIAF or A Song Of Ice And Fire series.

I know, I know. I can see some raised eyebrows there. I do have my reasons though.

  1. I can visualize everything just the way the HBO series has made me visualisze. Lack of imagination makes every line a tad bit lengthy.
  2. The pace. The pace. The series shows time passing in a whiff. But the books…not so much. This forms the base of my next point.
  3. GRRM writes slow. I respect him and I understand it is not easy. However, it doesn’t help my cause. I can’t wait that long. When I start a series, I want to wrap it up soonish. This is not going to happen with ASIOAF.
  4. If I purchase the books – physical books, I need to have the whole set. Buying five books in some edition and then the other two in “I Don’t Know What Happened To Good Cover Designers” is not something I am keen on.
  5. The books and the series have major differences. I don’t want to cringe and get shocks every other day!
  6. Every time I open the book, some or the other work comes up. I mean it. It is jinxed – the book. I have borrowed the first one from a friend.
  7. If I do start reading the book, I bet I will not stop. It happened with Harry Potter. I stayed up all night with a torch and a blanket and completed 3 books in a row for 3 days straight. Eating was out of question as well. But that was student life. Now I have to juggle so many things such as a full-time job and this blog. I rarely have spare time.
  8. I constantly keep comparing GOT to other fantasy series. I have called Ned Stark Boromir for a long long time. Walder Frey will always be Mr. Filch.
  9. I know it in my bones that I will like a character immensely only to find that he/she is dead in the HBO series. (Alive and kicking in the books though)
  10. Because of this guy – http://patricksponaugle.com/. He writes some freaking awesome GOT posts and I need no books for it. He is going to write posts on – Defense of Olly. AM EXCITED!
  11. I am not affected by Spoilers so I have read a lot about the series and have at least some kind of knowledge.

Is there a famous book you have not read but want to read it desperately?

The Fangirl Tag

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I came across this lovely blog of Kayleigh and I am all up for her Fangirl Tag. So, here I go ahead with the tag. Enjoy the read and feel free to use the tag and post 🙂


1. First Person I ever obsessed over?

I think it must be Alan Rickman. He was so perfect as Snape. A role, he carried out with great elan.

2. Current obsession?

Marvel’s Daredevil is my current obsession. It is just so sleek. I love the concept totally.

3. Favourite band?

Nothing specific. I listen to very few songs to be honest. I like Paramore, Linkin Park, Snow Patrol, The Rasmus etc. to name a few.

4. Favourite singer?

I have a lot of favourites. Currently, I love Agnes Obel for singing the Riverside. I also love Katy Perry, she is just different and recently, I listened to Rose Lambert’s Secrets and have been a fan ever since 🙂

5. Favourite YouTuber?

No one in particular. I use YouTube for reliving my childhood in the 90’s 🙂

6. First concert?

A college fest. That’s it. Not a fan of crowdy places.

7. Favourite movie?

There are so many……gah! I will name a few.

Hachiko

Freaky Friday

The Conjuring

Rang De Basanti

Maid of Honor

and the list will go on….and on…. 😉

8. Favourite actor/actress?

Irfan Khan and Chris Pratt and Tom Hiddleston and Jim Parsons and Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Huisman and Kit Harington and Pedro Pascal…

Lena Headley and Kaley Cucco and Rose Leslie…..

This has to stop. I like a lot of people. :-p

9. First celebrity crush?

No one in particular. I loved Launchpad though. From Ducktales. Because he is just so awwwwww-dorable 😀

10. Ever got made fun of for what I like?

Yes. But then, people have their choices and I have mine. I don’t mind really.

11. Favourite book?

A Thousand Splendid Suns and Harry Potter Series. The two frontrunners of a huge list.

12. Favourite TV show?

Game Of Thrones and Grey’s Anatomy. I also love Full House. And also, a huge fan of Big Bang Theory!

13. Favourite fictional character?

Fred and George. Period.

All characters from GOT.

14. Something I love about a fandom I’m in?

Dragons. Direwolves. Dorne. I love these in Game of Thrones. It is very interesting a series and I can’t get enough of it.

15. Something I hate about a fandom I’m in?

Game of Thrones – Almost everyone gets killed. 😦

16. Would you ever take a bullet for the people I fangirl over?

No. Plain no. 😉 I want to live my life and enter more fandoms 🙂

17. Do I ever hide the fact that I like someone out of fear of getting teased?

No. Everyone knows who I Fangirl over 🙂

18. Have I ever met any of my idols?

Hell no 😦 But I would want to!!

19. Do I have any merchandise of the people I fangirl over?

A few. Not of people, but series. I often give them away to friends who would want them more.

20. Favourite fangirl moment?

Everytime I flip through a book I love or watch a show online and on TV, I have my fangirl moment. 🙂

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 30

With this post…the series of Game of Thrones Challenge comes to a close. I thank Patrick (who has his own lovely blog on GOT), Santulan, Kanzensakura and everyone else who have been on exploring GOT and adding to my meagre knowledge 🙂 It was awesome sharing the same passion as you guys. Yeayy!!!! 😀

Day 30: One celebrity from the show you would love to meet IRL?

I would love to meet Arya Stark/Maisie Williams. When I was on Twitter, I used to follow her and she has a wacky sense of humor. She also has a pet tortoise and is cool in every which way. Yeay and yeay 😀 And because I am such a greedy person :P, I would also love to meet Peter Dinklage and Pedro Pascal 😀

Whom would you like to meet and why?

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 29

Day 29: Free day

Today, I will tell you a very weird thing. I don’t know…but ever since I have known that this man is pure evil walking free, I have hated him to the core. His sigil, his very personal sigil is that of a Mockingbird.

And know what? Everytime I see him, all I  I can think of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and that is a book by Harper Lee 😛 It can be autobiography of the person who wipes this cunning little evil thing from the map of Westeros.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 28

Day 28: If you were to be in Westeros, which profession would you like to take up?

I would be a Maester by profession. Why? Well, I have a certain thirst for knowing everything that exists in the world. The chain worn by a maester, with the links having special significance will be my badge of honour or rather, my “degrees” that I will proudly display. I would teach the kids of noble houses – another favorite occupation. Also, I would be able to heal people with injuries so, I can also be a medico!! Multitasking is indeed a fascinating thing and in Westeros, it becomes double the fun 😛

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 27

Day 27: Best Costume In The Show

I love the detailing that is done on all the costumes that is done on the show. The designers do know their job isn’t it? Here is a peek into an exhibit that will give you all the feels 😛

The best costume according to me is those of the wildlings. How they substitute stuff to create amazing winter protection gear is simply awe-inspiring. Good job team GOT 🙂

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 26

Day 26: A Fan Theory You Strongly Support?

There are a number of fan theories floating like boats in the Riverlands in ASOIAF. Like you have Jon Snow being the son of a Stark and a Targaryen. This being quite an obvious choice. But the theory that really had my mind-blown was that Tyrion is supposedly a Targaryen. That will really change the Game – of thrones and otherwise 😉

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 24 and Day 25

Day 24: Favourite House Motto?

My vote goes for House Arryn – As High As Honour. The Martell motto – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken comes a close second.  The Grejoy motto – We Do Not Sow- the third favourite. 😀

Day 25:A scene that made you cry?

Well, not cry…but the only scene that moved me immensely…was when Jaime pushed Bran out of the window. It was the biggest shocker…!!! And then I got used to all the violence in the show. 😛

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 23

Day 23: Lord Of The Rings Or Game Of Thrones?

This one is a lame comparison. Took it up because I am running late and running out of ideas.

A. Both are set in different worlds

B. Both have totally different set of story lines

C. I love them both equally (also, I saw them without reading the books 😛 )

So, both are on the same level for me. I can’t compare apples and oranges 😉

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 22

Day 22: Choose a house and bannermen?

Martell is obviously my house of choice. The bannermen will be the Targaryens, the Starks, the Tullys, and of course, the Baratheons of the Dragonstone.

**And they will spell doom for House Lannister and the so-called House Baelish 👿

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 20

Day 20: Three Words That Define Game Of Thrones For You?

BEST-IMAGINATIVE-FICTION

I have no other words for the series, which has a bit of everything. It would be different with no magical elements. It would lose its character if it had happy endings to the story arcs. It would not have the desired effect without GRRM’s words. Give the man an award or two now 😀 😀

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 19

Day 19: Who will you send to the Night’s Watch?

I am thinking only about the protection of the realm and this is the base of my answer.

I would like to send – Jaquen Haghar or faceless assassins to the Night’s  Watch – I do not even need to explain his skills 😉

Varys as the new Maester or Vice Maester is also an apt choice for the Crows.

P.S. Let Littlefinger be thrown off the wall. Or kicked beyond the wall.

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 18

Day 18: Trial By Combat…Name Your Champion

Given the recent developments of the show and the developments in the book that I know of, I would definitely choose Arya Stark as my trial by combat champion. I would like to pitt her against Cersei so that she can strike off her from her list and you know…;)

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 17

Day 17: Say a Hodor Joke

I love this one here.

Point to be noted: Those of you, who do not know who Hodor is, he is this cutesy giant of a man who seems to be dimwit but is a sweetheart. He can only say one word and that is “Hodor”. There are many variations of Hodors that constitute Hodorism. Needless to say, this has led to numerous memes. I hope that the take on Hodor in the link pasted above, makes some sense even to non GOT fans 🙂 Cheers!

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 16

Day 16: Favourite pairing?

Don’t kill me for this…but I would like to pair up the very dashing Dario Naharis with Mellisandre. Why you ask? Well, to me they would be stark (ooh…see the pun 😛 ) opposites. The calm and composed Mellisandre will be apt for the brash and flamboyant Dario 😀

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 15

Day 15: One of the best videos that I have come across related to the show?

I had already posted it months ago, but since then, I haven’t found anything as hilarious! So, will just share the link with you. It is this video on Pugs..yep…Pugs who are in GOT attire. 😛

 

30 Day Game Of Thrones Challenge – Day 14

Day 14: Favourite quote from the series so far?

“I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” (Tyrion to Cersei)

– By GRRM, A Clash of Kings

*I Googled this one up though. Bad memory.

And this one – as a tribute to the great Oberyn Martell of Drone 😀

“It is rare to meet a Lannister who shares my enthusiasm for dead Lannisters.”