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Posts Tagged ‘Game of Thrones’

Game of Thrones Cast Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins in April, so Vanity Fair decided to welcome the gang back by turning its cover over to the cast.

The cover — shot by Annie Leibovitz — is bit disappointing, because she could have at least photoshopped some weird medieval crap into the mix. There aren’t even any wizards. Or maybe one of them is a wizard? They could be, we aren’t Game of Thrones fans. Because c’mon — we’re not going to watch a show that features dragons. Sorry.

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New York Times Writer Angers Fantasy Fans

Writing is difficult. People don’t think it is, but trust us, it is. Nothing illustrates this point more than when New York Times writer Ginia Bellafante wrote a negative review of the HBO show Game of Thrones, and got blasted for it. Once the review went up, fantasy fans everywhere went wild, accusing Bellafante of not know what she was talking about, and worse:

The e-mailers have written long and impassioned defenses of the books by George R.R. Martin, on which the series is based, and of the fantasy genre in general. But they have also sent long and vitriolic attacks claiming that, in my negativity, I made it clear that I had no idea what I was talking about. I appreciate the economy of those readers who began and ended their comments: “You are a complete idiot.” Phrases like that constituted a whole subgenre of the online response.

As Bellafante notes, people often forget that just because a writer – especially a critic – composes something that a reader doesn’t agree with, it doesn’t make him or her an “idiot.” But the attacks come with the terrioritory, and it’s clear that the area around Game of Thrones is one people are pretty passionate about.

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