Monday, April 2, 2012

Movie Monday: Game of Thrones Season 2 Premiere

I love books (clearly) and I love movies, so I thought it would be fun to feature more book-to-movie info on Steph's Stacks. I would love to hear about some of your most anticipated book-to-movie releases!

Woohoo!! Game of Thrones is back for Season 2 on HBO. The award winning first season had newbies and GoT diehards alike clamoring for more. A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin's formidable series, is chock full of action, plot lines and characters (lots and lots of characters...). It must have been a daunting task for HBO to undertake, but they nailed it. So, for those catching up, here's a little info about the first two books of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire Series:

The Scoop: (from Goodreads)

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective wall.

At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Amid plots and counter plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”

“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”

The Scoop (Goodreads):

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who hold sway over an age of enforced peace are dead, victims of royal treachery.

Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

 It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel...and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.

“A woman's life is nine parts mess to one part magic, you'll learn that soon enough...and the parts that look like magic turn out to be the messiest of all.”

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up.”

“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.”

The series is great and as I noted in my review of A Game of Thrones, don't let the size intimidate you (you could use one of these books as a weapon). The pace is brisk (sometimes it's hard to keep up) and you will find at least one or two characters that you will flat out fall in love with. Martin's world building is incredible and if it weren't for all of the pesky beheadings and general bloodshed, I would want to live in Westeros!

HBO has done such a great job with this series. The casting is impeccable (hello, Peter Dinklage, you're amazing and I love you!)

The big budget is evident is every one of the locations and costumes and the script is as true to the source material as humanly possible (you try boiling down almost 800 pages to a 10 episode TV series.) When we last saw our usurpers and their crews, Westeros was in chaos. Well, don't look for peace anytime soon, friends, the games have just begun...

Next Week: The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Matthew Rhys and Freddie Fox

What book-to-movie adaptation are you excited to see? Link up with your own Movie Monday post or feel free to share in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. My husband wants me to watch this show, I just don't think it would be my type of book/show.



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