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02 June 2013 @ 10:53 pm
So tell me....  
people who have read the Game of Thrones books,
This show is just so unremittingly violent, and more than that, hopeless. They kill off almost everyone who you even give a damn about, in the most brutal way possible, and I wonder why keep on with it? Is there a point, when you finally get to the end? Or is it just one long relentless blood bath? Because if that's all it is, I think I'm done. Tonight's episode was just horrible, upsetting, and I just would like to know if it ever gets better?

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I_llbedammned: readi_llbedammned on June 5th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
I rather like the low fantasy horror feel to it. Hearing it identified as horror makes the book easier to describe to be honest.
Becca: Vampires Button by beccadgbeccadg on June 5th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
Horror is how it should be identified. One of the cues is the fact it, "makes the book easier to describe."

Don't get me wrong. I understand how some people get confused. They figure the setting, the trappings so to speak, are what determine the genre, but that isn't how you identify a horror story. Horror isn't a matter of where the story is set, or what kind of creatures it has in it, but what the story has to say and how it says it. That's why some people say that Frankenstein is a sci-fic story and some say horror, or Aliens.

Those disputes equally happen in fantasy. There are stories I enjoy that some classify as "dark fantasy" because of their having elements in them that people consider horror elements. I simply consider them fantasy because I don't see them as telling horror stories just using vampires, werewolves, etc. Then you have something like this series that might possibly have some zombie like things north of the wall, but not much that people think of as horror trappings and so some people call it fantasy. This series however isn't about magic. It's about horror. I don't believe GRRM has been very subtle about it either. I think "winter is coming" says how its all going to end. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Edited at 2013-06-06 03:19 am (UTC)