Discovering the Relevance of Words
So. It all went down last night, didn’t it, Game of Thrones fans?
The Red Wedding. Not a few major characters died, and people are totally shocked.
They’re overwhelmed with tragic surprise; they don’t know what do to with themselves.
It’s Ned Stark all over again.
Aren’t non-readers adorable?
Heh heh. I’m sorry. I’m not trying to be smug, but the feeling of superiority you get when your non-reading friends are shocked by something you knew was going to happen is one of the best reasons I can think of to read a book. Well, maybe I am trying to be smug, a little.
I apologize again. I understand what you are feeling right now. When I read these same events in the books I almost fell off the toilet. If I didn’t already hate the Freys, which I did, I do now. Complete disregard for the rules of hospitality. To kill those you invite into your home is to violate one of the most ancient taboos.
Speaking of taboos, should I have said ‘spoiler alert’ before writing this?*
Can you spoil a story that already exists in another medium? What I mean is, the books are out there, readily available for reading. There is no real secret involved in the plot of the story, at least until the show catches up to the books. As it stands now, anybody with a library card could conceivably tell you whats gonna happen next season.
It reminds of the movie Titanic. You remember, twenty or so years ago when James Cameron made everyone go see a movie that was melodramatic, preachy and way too long? No, not Avatar. Before that. Everyone made jokes about spoiling that movie. “The boat sinks,” kids would yell at people standing in line for the movie. Hilarious, yes. But sometimes people actually got mad at me.
Can you spoil a story that is already out there in the consciousness? Can a work that is an adaptation still rely on surprise?
And did you see Titanic?
How dare Billy Zane stand in the way of love like that.
*For full spoilers of last night’s episode of Game of Thrones, look anywhere on the internet.