Game of Thrones on HBO is (in my opinion) the best fantasy material ever to appear on TV. I might argue “the screen,” but I think I need to ponder that just a little more. If you’ve watched it, then you probably are hitting me with a “duh” face right about now. What’s my point?
Well, I find it amusing that so many “mainstream” folk are completely engrossed by it. You know who you are – the ones who laughed at my Dragonlance shirt and my weird-looking dice in high school. Yeah, that’s right. Hang your head in shame and let me tell you why.
The geeks were declared “winners” a while back, but I believe Game of Thrones was/is the true buzzer sounding. Fantasy geeks have never been “mainstream,” even after The Lord of the Rings movies. However, our presence is felt more and more in popular culture now that we’re all grown up and reminding everyone that our shit is really, really cool. (and we also control the world’s computers, so show some respect!)
I’m excited about the success of the Game of Thrones HBO series. A successful fantasy movie is nothing new, but it’s a movie – you watch it and then go watch something else (usually about spies or a love triangle) the next month. Watching one fantasy movie won’t turn even the most socially “straight” person into a fantasy geek. Where Game of Thrones raises my pantaloons (aside from the graphic sex – woot) is in its medium – episodic television content. Sure, we’ve had terrible/mediocre fantasy material on TV in the past (Hercules, Xena, Legend of the Seeker), but all of that remained apart, secluded. Only geeks stayed with it.
And here is where Game of Thrones differs.
Perfectly “normal” people, who laugh at us geeks with swords on our walls, practically jizz in their pants when talking about Game of Thrones. The material, production values, cast and story have everyone watching it completely enthralled, geek or not. See, that’s amusing to me because us fantasy losers have always know that this stuff rocks socks. We’ve been reading books and catching obscure fantasy flicks since we first realized dragons were full of more awesome than sports, church, drinking and girlfriends combined.
So, to all of you new geekoids: welcome to the fold! While others may have declared our victory prematurely, I -Matthew C. Plourdius- now officially declare our dominion over all media and hearts of this realm. Bow before the geek(s) in your lives and tell them “you were right… you were right about everything.”
Camping is coming (just like winter) and I fully plan to re-read Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. Yeah, I vaguely remember reading it sometime after y2k but I cannot recall if I finished, etc. I blame the radiation… In any case, I will be posting reviews of all the books I read on this camping trip, including Hunger Games (the #1 novel in the world, and it’s post-apoc).
Be well, my people!