Avast there, me hearties! Here thar be spoilers aplenty! (Wait! It’s not Talk Like a Pirate day? What was I thinking?)
Let’s get this out of the way first. We’ve all been holding off saying this for a while, but it’s time.
Game of Thrones is a soap opera.
I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot better after saying it.
I’ve recently found an interview with George R.R. Martin where he argues his book series is not a soap opera, maybe it was his way of preparing an argument before it came at him from outside his circle, but it is. Both the TV series and his book series… two words… soap opera.
Look, I hate to say it as much as the next person. The idea of someone truly doing something new in a very established (and usually predictable genre) is an awesome idea. He combined the history of the middle ages and fantasy… but the result is a freaking soap opera. With history almost being used as an excuse (or as a resource) for twists that help the soap opera continue.
- Soap operas and A Song of Ice and Fire both has multiple POVs of good and questionable individuals.
- Both end every moment in a cliffhanger (You can almost hear the “stay tuned” at the end of some of the chapters in the books).
- Both have meandering plots (I feel like I should be capitalizing meandering; no seriously, all caps).
- Time seems to have its own rules. And both have marriages that seem to last for the same amount of time (and just like in soap operas most are bad matches).
- And both are not working towards a clean resolution. There is no Mount Doom in sight from what I can see.
Oh, and all of these points is before I even bring up the fact that George R.R. Martin used to work in television and was a writer on a popular fantasy-lite soap opera in the 1980s.
Game of Thrones is a soap opera with people in funny costumes and dragons and we have bought into it.
Heck, I didn’t just buy in, I bought the DVDs, the books, the shirts and even gave them as Birthday presents to people I love. (I was like: “Hi, I love cocaine, I want you to take it too. Here- Happy Birthday!”) Continue reading