I watched the first episode of HBO’s new series Game of Thrones. It is based on the books by G.R.R. Martin. While I haven’t read the books, ask Chuck has, case and we’ve spent many many hours talking about this world of Westeros and Essos.
I like fantasy novels. I like novels that create elaborate worlds with their own morals and rules and cultural structures. And I like books that have complex characters. In Game of Thrones there are an awful lot of ‘bad’ people who end up winning, troche and an awful lot of ‘good’ people who end up dying because of of their principles. This is the type of writing that I like.
In anticipation for Game of Thrones, I watched the teaser trailers, and the introductions to the different families. I signed up to follow Game of Throne on Twitter. The buzz was amazing.
And then I watched the first episode.
Don’t get me wrong, it has a lot of potential. My biggest problem was that they HBO’d it. They ramped up the sex and nudity to the point that it made it uncomfortable to watch. It was distracting and didn’t serve any purpose, other than, I suspect, to get the fan-boys titillated.
After watching it, I turned to Chuck and said, “are the books this graphic?” His response was no. In fact, things of a sexual nature are mostly told but not described.
* In the book there is no whorehouse scene.
* In the book Daenerys was fully clothed when her brother “inspected” her, there was no mention of Dothraki dancers having bare breasts, and the “wedding night” scene between Daenerys and Khal Drogo was handled very differently.
* Flipping ahead, it’s about a hundred pages before sex is even mentioned again (Daenerys thinks back to her adjustment to Dothraki life, including how difficult it was for her that her husband would insist on nightly sex even though she had hideous saddle sores from learning to ride like the Dothraki).
News is out today that Game of Thrones had been picked up for a second season. My only advice: HBO you don’t need to sex things up to tell a good story. A good story will attract ratings and audiences. And, you’re more likely to attract a wider audience if you keep things a little more discreet.
I really hope the second episode next week is better.