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Create a Family Arms for Game of Thrones

You can prepare for the Game of Thrones season three season premiere this weekend by creating your own family arms, making a family crest to fly inside the cutthroat world of George R. R. Martin‘s fantasy universe.

Follow this link to make your family arms. As you can see by the GalleyCat family arms, you can choose your icon, motto, colors and borders to create your own.  So far more than 8.5 million people have connected with Game of Thrones online around the world.

You can watch the season three trailer online now. (link via)

Game of Thrones Crossed with The Princess Bride

As fans prepare for the March 31, 2013 premiere of Game of Throne‘s third season on HBO, one fan mashed up the violent show with a classic kid’s book.

In the video embedded above (CONTAINS SEASON ONE SPOILERS), you can watch George R.R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series crossed with The Princess Bride by William Goldman. What do you think? Funny or sacrilegious?

A group of YouTube creators made a YA adaptation of the popular series called “School of Thrones.”

YouTube Filmmakers Re-Imagine ‘Game of Thrones’ Set in High School

What if George R.R. Martin had written his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, for a young-adult audience? A group of YouTube filmmakers has launched a comedic web series called “School of Thrones.”

In this project, the Game of Thrones characters have been re-imagined as teenage students who attend Westeros Valley High School. We’ve embedded the first full episode above–what do you think?

The series premiere episode, “Prom Night Is Coming,” was released on March 10th and has already attracted more than 417,000 views. Episode two will be posted up on March 17th and episode three will follow on March 24th. (via Jezebel)

Game of Thrones Season 3 New Trailer Unveiled

HBO has released a new trailer to promote season three of Game of Thrones–what do you think? As of this writing, the video has received more than 142,900 “likes” on Facebook.

The first episode, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, will premiere on March 31st. A Song of Ice & Fire book series author George R.R. Martin penned the script for the seventh episode of the third season. 

The show’s official YouTube channel contains several other videos about the forthcoming new episodes including interviews with the writers and actors. As we previously noted, more than a dozen new actors have been added to the cast.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer Released

HBO has released a teaser trailer for the third season of its adaptation of Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.

We’ve embedded the full trailer above–what do you think?

Entertainment Weekly reports that Will Champion, the drummer of the Grammy Award-winning band Coldplay, and Gary Lightbody, lead singer of alternative rockers Snow Patrol, have signed on to make cameo appearances this season. Champion will appear as a drummer and Lightbody’s role has not-yet-been-revealed.

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Halloween Costumes Based on Books

Halloween is almost here, and all GalleyCat readers should be planning their literary costume ideas. Below, we’ve collected five obsessive and brilliant costumes based on books or comic books.

What’s the best literary Halloween costume you’ve ever seen? Share all your ideas at the handy #literarycostumes hashtag created by Random House last year. They’ve already started a Pinterest page and a Facebook conversation dedicated to more costume ideas.

1. Make a wolf suit like Max from Where the Wild Things Are. For the child in your life, you can honor the legacy of the great Maurice Sendak with a homemade kid’s costume from Running With Scissors (photo embedded above).

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Amazon Unveils $119 Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the $119 Kindle Paperwhite WiFi eReader at a Santa Monica press conference today. The 3G edition will cost $179. AppNewser has more about the new Kindle Fire HD that was also revealed at the event.

It began with a television spot showing Amazon delivery boxes on a stoop. “We’re the people with a smile on the box,” it read, reminding this GalleyCat editor of a famous New Yorker cover.

Bezos explained: “People don’t want gadgets anymore, they want services. They want services that improve over time” and introduced Kindle Paperwhite. The reading device has 25 percent more contrast compared to the original device and 62 percent more pixels per page. It has capacitive touch and a new front light system that Amazon took four years to develop.

“It’s exactly light ambient light,” he said. It can get eight weeks of battery life, even when the device is lit. He demonstrated the tool with George R. R. Martin‘s best selling novel, Game of Thrones. The device also tells how many minutes of reading you have left in a book. You can also “x-ray” a title, seeing characters and key terms in the digital book.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Boosts Random House Earnings

Random House posted a 64 percent increase in operating profit for the first half of 2012. According to Variety, the publisher also boasted a 20 percent increase in revenue–rising to $1.2 billion.

Here’s more from the article: “The titillating [50 Shades of Grey] trilogy sold more than 30 million copies between March and June, with sales evenly divided between the trade paperback and e-book editions. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey the first book in the trilogy, for Universal Pictures and Focus Features.”

Random House also credited the growth in eBook sales and the popularity of some of their biggest bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin  (A Song of Ice and Fire series), John Grisham (Calico Joe), Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Dr. Seuss (The Lorax).

Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones Book Trailer Visits TV Set

Chronicle Books will publish the official companion to the Game of Thrones television series, Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones. Unlike most book trailers, this video visited the set of a popular TV show.

As of this writing, the trailer has received more than 36,000 views. The $40 book will be released on October 1st, containing 300 color images and photographs.

Series screenwriter Bryan Cogman write the book. Showrunner David Benioff partnered with screenwriter D.B. Weiss for the foreword. Series author George R.R. Martin also wrote a preface.

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What’s Your Favorite Book with a Twist?

What’s your favorite book with a twist? Share your favorite twisty novel at Random House’s TwistedLit hashtag. This GalleyCat editor recommends Pick-Up by Charles Willeford.

Over at Time magazine, Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn shared her four favorite books with literary twists. We’ve linked to free samples of her picks below–some great summer reading for the beach…

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (pictured, via)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow

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