LATE TO THE GAME OF THRONES PARTY
Yes, I know. This show has been around for a while.
And I have to admit to having tried the show two or three years ago and not being in the mood for it after watching the first episode. Sometimes you just have to be in the right frame of mind or in the mood for something fantasy/medieval-based in order to become hooked.
So, at the urging of a former student I trust and friends whose taste in television we regard well, my husband and I decided to give it another go. I’m so thankful we did.
This series has been perfect for us now, and it has also served as a wonderful distraction from some health problems I’ve had lately with my back. Watching the show was something I looked forward to at night for the last couple of weeks as I suffered in pain (much like many of the characters on the show…lol). In other words, Game of Thrones and I ended up being well-suited for one another.
Binge-watching the show since late January, we’ve now completed all seven seasons and are ready to watch the final season with all the other crazy Game of Thrones fans. Much as we did with the series 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, we binge-watched all of 24 when our kids were younger, sometimes watching as many as three or four episodes a night (also, remember, there were 24 episodes to each of those seasons, and we were house-bound with little ones, whereas Game of Thrones produced 10 episodes a season until you hit Season 7, which only had 7 episodes.) I know it’s a lot of television, which is why we watched this show during the dreariest months of the year in Maryland—January, February, and March—when there’s little else to do when it’s cold and gloomy. And so, my friends, here’s what I want to say about Game of Thrones if you are late to the party just as we were:
This series is amazing. Nothing like I expected. Different than anything else I’ve seen. Violent beyond compare, but I got used to it. Characters that you get sucked into and wonder about after each episode. Plot twists and deaths of main characters thrown in as surprises. And a general intrigue of storyline with each and every episode. Plus, it gave us a lot to talk about and ponder. We’ve had some lively discussions, my husband and I, after watching each episode and season. And we look forward to Season 8.
I think it’s best to know as little as possible if you are thinking of tackling Game of Thrones much after the fact as we did. Try not to read anything online. Don’t Google your favorite character or their heritage. Wait until the very end until you do all that. Because truthfully, it is more fun not to know anything.
Be like Jon Snow if you want to get something out of it as a newcomer. As a couple of characters say to Snow, a main character in the series, “You know nothing Jon Snow.”
It’s best if you do the same.
Go into it knowing nothing.
And so we eagerly await the Season 8 premier two Sundays from now.
Because after hearing “Winter is Coming” for the last seven seasons, Winter Is Here.
It’s been fun being on Instagram over the last few months. I’ve connected with so many other writers and authors through different follow loops. #writerssupportingwriters and #awritechristmas were two follow loops that have connected me with some terrific people. As a writer and author, I love seeing what other writers are up to, how they position their books on social media, and how they market to their intended audience. I’m always learning something by connecting to people. If you are a writer who wants to connect on Instagram, feel free to follow the hashtag #writerssupportingwriters and feel free to connect with me at Stephanie.Verni .
I follow back.
My Favorite Book Instagrammer: Elizabeth Sagan
If you don’t follow artist Elizabeth Sagan on Instagram, you are missing out! She makes art by using her large book collection and herself, as shown below. She is so clever, and I told her that her feed brightens my day. You will love seeing what she comes up with next. Check her out at Elizabeth_Sagan. To see a video about her work, click here to go to YouTube.
That’s all for now. Have a wonderful week, readers!
Stephanie Verni is the author of Beneath the Mimosa Tree, Baseball Girl, Inn Significant, The Postcard and Other Short Stories & Poetry, and an academic textbook Event Planning: Communicating Theory & Practice, published by Kendall-Hunt, that she co-authored with colleagues Leeanne Bell McManus & Chip Rouse.