Game of Thrones: A Somewhat Comparative Review

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I was quite hesitant to read this book when I found it in a second hand store’s fantasy book rack. However, it was in such good condition that I couldn’t help but take it home. Halfway through the book, I have found that I developed a surprising opinion about the book already…

The Book is Better

It is so much better than the show on HBO. Martin’s writing is quite pleasing to me, as a person who reads fantasy novels like some read the newspaper, and to the fans that I have spoken to. The story also has differences from its show counterpart that I found to be much better than what I saw from the show. You are, as a reader, immediately thrown into the story line with out time spent on long descriptions. Some would say that that is a downfall, however, I think in this case it works for the story. I also was taken with the organization of the book. Instead of it being by chapter, instead it is organized by what characters are playing at that time. So a couple chapters are named “Bran” and others are named “Daenerys”. I found this to be interesting compared to what I am personally accustomed to. Aside from the structure of the book, I found that the characters were much more interesting compared to what I saw in the show. As the reader, you are given more of an understanding of the characters as the story progresses. In the show it is a little more black and white.

All in all, I think it is worth the read even if you didn’t like the show version.

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My Thoughts on Syfy’s Defiance

Syfy’s newest baby, Defiance, brings a new life to post-apocalyptic media plots. Defiance takes place 30 years after the terraforming of Earth by an alien planet. They, an entire planet’s races from across the galaxy, inhabited Earth. Furthermore, the story follows a man with his alien daughter’s dealings with the town of Defiance. It is interesting to see the interactions and relationships between the two of them as well as other characters form.

Defiance, to me, has become a quick favorite among my many. Terraforming, for example, has been something that science has explored before and has considered the possibility of humans terraforming another planet in the event that the Earth becomes too dangerous. The situation is reversed in the case of this show. This adds an interesting fictionalized look on the what if’s of terraforming a planet and how it would affect humans if it was done to our planet. The alien races are another aspect of this show that l find particularly interesting. They all seem to have their own systems of belief and systems of rule, however, this makes them more human than they seem to realize.

Yet, this show isn’t only an interesting show but also an apparently beautiful and exciting video game. I personally lack the system to play it right now, but from what I have seen I am definitely keeping it on my list.

All in all, Defiance has earned a spot as one of my favorite television shows. I think it is worth watching.

Fun fact: Defiance was given a B+ in a TV Review next to Doctor Who and Orphan Black.