30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Thirty

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Thirty-Who do I want to win the Game of Thrones

Given that the two narratives are in very different places…I think I will have two different answers.

In the books I still want Daenerys Targaryen to win. Not only is she the rightful Queen of Westeros but her arc has taught her the things she needs to know to be a wise and just ruler. Granted how she goes about doing just that could drastically change my opinion of her. As of the end of book five I am a firm Danny supporter and hope she will win the Game of Thrones.

In the show…I am not so sure. I think for now I want Jon Snow to win. I think given his life and the way he was raised and now what he has seen as a young adult he has the best mix of skills to be a kind, just ruler. However he may be a better fit asKing of the North and there are a lot of theories out there that the Seven Kingdoms will not survive the war to come. There is a possibility that the realm will be ruled more directly by the Lords Paramount and not from a overseeing King of Queen.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Nine

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Nine-Best Player of the Game of Thrones

I am going to have two different answers because the two stories are in very different places. If not for one huge miscue I think we could all agree on one but in the show’s narrative that character has made a gigantic mistake that will most likely lead to his ultimate demise.

Let us start with the books. While I want to say Littlefinger here I cannot. Mostly because Varys has a plan to restore the Targaryen dynasty to the throne and at the end of book five that plan is taking root in Westeros. We do not know everything but he has been working behind the scenes for a very long time to execute this plan and I am not so sure anyone has an answer for it.

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In the show I want to say Littlefinger but he made one serious miscue. By giving Sansa Stark to Ramsey Bolton Littlefinger has made his first real error and it will likely mean his end. On top of that Cersei Lannister has blown up all of his remaining supporters and co-conspirators so he is left with no real base of support. His plan seems to have come off the rails and he is being forced to the sidelines as they real power players make the final moves on the board.

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For the show I think we have to say Daenerys. Even though she has struggled early and often she is in a real power position as the game moves to its end steps. She has learned a lot through her mistakes and let us not forget she has a fresh army, three dragons, a beachhead in Westeros, and the support of some of the wisest advisers. She is a force and the rest of the players must deal with her.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Eight

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Eight-Saddest Death

I think there is only one answer for both mediums.

While watching season one it is the death of Eddard Stark that got me hooked on this show, and ultimately got me to read the books. I read books one and two before season two started and Game of Thrones became a huge part of my life.  Yes I do have a GoT tattoo and both my kitties have GoT inspired nerd names.

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I think in the end most of the deaths in Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series feel deserved. They are karmic payback for some unspeakable act. That is not the case with Ned. Sure he is a dumb Stark and he has no idea how to play the game everyone else is playing but that paying for that with your life (with your own sword) and the obliteration of your house seems to be a very steep price. Granted I think in both mediums House Stark rises from the ashes.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Seven

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Seven-Favorite Death

This might be the easiest one to answer of the thirty. COme on…there truly can be only one in the show and in the books. Is there any other answer? Of course there isn’t.

Favorite death is without a doubt Joffrey Baratheon.

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Who didn’t cheer when this little cunt finally got what he so had coming? Who didn’t wish for his death through three seasons, or two books? It is one of the best scenes in the show, and in the books. The fact that we all rooted for he murder of a this little bastard proves my point. Even his own father felt his fate well deserved.

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Star Wars Expanded Universe: Legacy of the Force #1 Betrayal

A few notes before we begin:

This was the first book in the third series published by Del Rey. Learning their lesson from the New Jedi Order run of 19 books Del Rey made the choice to limit the series to nine books primarily written by three authors. I think it is interesting because I want to compare the fall of Ben Solo (Kylo Ren) in the Disney timeline to the fall that inspired it…that of Jacen Solo from the old Expanded Universe.

It seems to me that the motivations for the two falls are very different. While they are both the son of Han Solo and Princess Leia the motivation behind their embracing of the dark side appears to be quite unique.

Granted Jacen’s fall does not begin here. It’s seeds are laid in the last few books of the NJO series, his travels afterwards before the The Dark Nest Trilogy, and then finally this book.

A few thins we have to know about Jacen from the jump. He has a secret child with Tenel Ka Djo who is the ruler of the Hapes Consortium. He has a higher mastery of force abilities than any other living Jedi. He also has the influence of Vergere and the after effects of his imprisonment and torture from the Yuuzhan Vong war.

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As a book the narrative feels a little rushed to me. There is no build up but the book thrusts us into the story. That is a little jarring has a good amount of time has passed since the last book. While we do get pieces of what the  state of things are as we read it feels very rushed. However, it is hard to evaluate a book given it is one piece of nine.

For me the interesting thing in this book is the parallel between Jacen and his Grandfather Anakin Skywalker. That leads us to parallels between Jacen Solo and Ben Solo.

In this book Jacen has a choice to make. He can kill someone in cold blood, much as Anakin did in the opening sequence of Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith. Both make the same choice and yet the outcomes is different because Jacen’s target is a lot more clever than Count Dooku. This sets up Jacen’s fall. He made a choice, a dark choice we could say. A similar choice to that of his Grandfather and it sets up a debate in Jacen’s own mind as he falls if he can justify falling by doing dark things for the right reasons. To me that is throughly interesting.

In the Disney timeline this idea of Light and Dark is pretty much debunked. The battle between motivations and different force philosophies made the latter third of the EU much more interesting and I really wish that Disney has chosen to include more of the unaltered themes in its timeline.

In the Disney timeline I think we can argue that Ben feels very neglected by his parents. We see a lot of that represented in the EU by Jacen’s twin Jaina. We don’t know a whole lot more about Ben’s fall but it seems certain that we are going to see pieces of that in Episode Eight: The Last Jedi.

Back to the EU story line.

THis book sets up yet another war in the EU. WHile the book shows a lot of the characters growing rather tired of constant conflict the readers of the EU probably suffer from exhaustion. We just got through a 19 book series about a galactic war followed by a trilogy of another regional war. There is so much war in the EU that that concept really starts to lose its impact.

I like the idea of a Civil War dividing the Solo-Skywalker clan. That is very interesting and entertaining. However, I wish the debate over hos one uses the force was a larger concept throughout the EU. With Vergere we get some of that, and that is the most intresting parts of the Disney timeline thus far.

As a starting point this book does a fair job of setting the scene and lining up the dominoes for what is to come in the next eight books. While we are thrust right into a conflict we don’t really understand the narrative sets p a number of conflicts for our heroes to deal with. Another criticism here is this series does not work very well as a stand alone series. One cannot start with these books and get a grasp on all that is going on. The story relies heavily on things that have happened in previous books and comics. That is okay for us nerds because we all read that stuff, but it limits the audience for the work itself because to truly understand all the moving pieces one has to have a large handle on what has happened in the Eu up to this point.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Six

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Six-Best Strategist

This is a tough one. If the word being used here was schemer I think we would have one answer…Littlefinger. I am not so sure strategist fits but it might. In the show he messes up pretty significantly when he gives Sansa Stark to Ramsey Bolton.

Many will want to say Stannis Baratheon and that may be true in the universe but what we see in the show and books is Stannis being defeated quite often and taking advice from the wrong sources.

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In the end without wasting time on any other candidates I think we can agree that Tyrion Lannister is the best strategist. In organizes the defense of King’s Landing. Granted his Father comes to wipe it out but it was Tyrion’s plan that delayed Stannis long enough for that to occur. We also see him work the political side of things all through season two.

There doesn’t seem to be a better answer so let’s go with Tyrion.

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30 Day Blogging Challenge: GoT Day Twenty Five

Finally I have new Game of Thrones episodes to watch…still waiting for the new A Song of Ice and Fire installments to read. In little over a month we all will get the seventh season of the hit HBO show. I am betting we will not get the last two books until the show has completed its run in 2018. I hope I am wrong about that but more and more it feels like that is what is going to happen. That means for now the show will be the officially unofficial canon of Westeros will be the show. As a writer I am not super happy about that but as a fan I just need my GoT fix already.  To help satisfy that need I embark upon a 30 day blogging challenge about Thrones. I am going to try to answer each prompt once for the TV show and once for the books since a great many things differ. With that being said…

Day Twenty Five-Best Warrior

There can be only one.

Let us take a quick look at the contenders. Bronn, Jamie Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, The Hound, Jon Snow, Oberyn Martell and maybe Stannis Baratheon.

Now Stannis is widely known as the best commander in Westeros. We see him fight three different times but only one of those fights ended in victory. I think for our purposes here that rules him out.

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Bronn is a bad ass without question. Jamie is very good but he does get himself captured, he does loose a hand, so I don’t think he can get very serious consideration. Brienne has done some whooping both on the show and in the books. She is a strong candidate. We have seen The Hound fight a number of folks and win. Oberyn is pretty awesome but his head did get squished.

In the end the answer has to be Jon Snow. He fights a lot. Especially in the show. He has also been highly successful in fighting and winning. I think by any metric that makes him the best.

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