Hodor the Articulate

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  1. Dark Matter...gotta add that to my huge book pile. Well, a lot of other people seem to like it, so you might still enjoy it. I mean, it wasn't terrible, and author did have some interesting things to say about rebellions (though I thought he was somewhat inconsistent about his "message"). But RR is pretty much the book equivalent to a summer blockbuster - lots of action, testosterone, and clich├ęs.
  2. I finally got around to finishing the Red Rising trilogy. It was disappointingly meh. I don't get the hype around it - people kept telling me it was like Hunger Games and ASOIAF, which it was in terms of plot and narrative, but it was nowhere near the quality of said books. *Sigh* my plan to go through modern top sellers is off to a rocky start. I think I might re-read Dune now, which I started when I was 14 but never managed to finish, to cleanse my palate. Then try again with Handmaid's Tale. That looks promising *fingers crossed*
  3. Yeah, this job=marriage analogy doesn't work because you're, once again, framing arranged marriages as a choice. So it wouldn't be a job, it'd be more like serfdom. I don't know what infidelity would be in that scenario, though, so the analogy falls apart there. I didn't say anybody had "natural right" to cheat, I said it's understandable in an arranged marriage. Yes, extramarital activity was frowned upon, both irl history and in most of Westeros, but this is because of religion and law (which is influenced by religion). Hence why Cersei and Catelyn both say they didn't care that their husband had affairs, only that they did it so publicly. And if you look at the Dornish, who have specific laws or customs that deal with inheritance where bastards are concerned, taking paramours is not considered morality wrong. So all you've managed to show is that fidelity is/was the norm. You've yet to make an argument for why infidelity is morally wrong in a marriage of convenience. You won't get any arguments from me on that front. Crowning Lyanna TQOLAB for whatever reason was really disrespectful to Elia. I just don't think one act of dickishness warrants the level of hate he gets. I also don't agree with the sentiment that you shouldn't ever complain about anything if you have it better than most people.
  4. Stan, I love you bro, but this Azor Ahai and Iron Throne stuff ain't gonna work out. That kind of thing is for main characters, and you don't even have a POV. Oh, and easy on the molars, man. You probably don't have proper dental care in Westeros.
  5. Main characters don't always end up together, but it happens enough times that readers are conditioned to expect it. And if romantic plots are going to be fairly prominent, I'd say it's probably necessary for the love interest to have decent amount of "screen" time and a stake in the main plot. A character with a similar level of importance to the story is the obvious choice here. As for Dany and Jon, I'd agree that Jon doesn't really seem her type, at least on a sexual level anyway, but I have to laugh when people say the the same of Jon. If we take Ygritte as a model of Jon's type, he's likes 'em strong-willed, self sufficient, and experienced. Dany definitely fits into that.
  6. Suicide seems out of character for Lyanna. She's described as wild and strong willed. That type of personality is more likely to lash out than turn inward when stressed. At the news of her lover's death, she'd probably go and kill Robert, not herself.
  7. Warm the place up.
  8. Well spotted. I wouldn't count this as definitive proof against fAegon, though. It sounds like a half-truth, so Varys can say "he was alive all along!" sometime later. But then, maybe I'm just stubbornly clinging to my pet theories.
  9. Are you seriously trying present the decision to impregnate an already betrothed daughter of a prominent lord as reasonable? Luckily GRRM has proven to have a better understanding of human behaviour than that. And you seem to have shifted the goal post once again. Before, Rhaegar was trying to make the PtwP with Lyanna, now you claim he was doing it to make the third head of the dragon (because you can't explain why he'd change his mind about Aegon being the Prince). I absolutely hate using timelines and WoIaF as evidence of anything, because both are full of errors. Most authors don't do the math, and GRRM, who doesn't meticulously plan out his stories, is no exception. But since you insist on relying on the World book and the timeline, here are some problems with your assumptions: - The winter during the Year of the False Spring wasn't strange and unusual. Tyrion was born in a winter that lasted three years, which suggests there's nothing special about a winter that had only been going on for not even two years at that point. No one would compare it to the Long Night, which lasted a generation. - The Long Night is connected to the Prophecy for the readers, but it's not at all apparent that that's true in-universe. - WoIaF says R was MIA sometime during the month that Aerys lit wildfire around the Red Keep. Could mean he left before that, or any time during. If I can't make inferences about the time Aegon was born and and R left, neither can you. - Immediate means immediate. Like, the maestar says "Lyanna's too sick to have another baby" and Rhaegar fucks off. I mean, you're suggesting R was laser focused on the prophecy, which was top priority, so why dawdle? - If we're to take everything in the Worldbook as fact, we must also take in the implication that R and L's meeting was a chance encounter, and not planned. - In fact, if it was planned, why on earth did he take 6 men with him?
  10. According to the wiki, Aegon was born months before the rebellion. It doesn't even make sense that Rhaegar would leave to make a prophecy baby so soon after Aegon's birth, considering he was sure Aegon was the PtwP. But if you do indeed have evidence that Rhaegar left immediately, by all means, let's see it. I don't know how much faith we can put in the WoIaF, but there it's implied that it was a spur of the moment thing. If it's correct, Rhaegar and Lyanna were traveling to different places, bumped into each other somewhere in the Riverlands, and then disappeared together. But WoIaF is full of mistakes, so take that with a grain of salt.
  11. You know what else isn't in the book? Rhaegar running off with Lyanna because Elia wasn't fit to have more children. That Elia couldn't handle another birth was presumably established not long after Aegon's birth. So if you take issue with the time between Rhaegar and Lyanna's interactions, then you have to also accept that it makes no sense to link Elia's inability to produce more children and Rhaegar running off, given there was months between the two events. Because the prophecy stipulates that the father of the PtwP must whisper the mother of the PtwP before he dies??? That's not what you claimed before: "He probably admires and loves Lyanna, but this is not the reason he ran off with her." What you've written is all speculation, and full of holes. When did Rhaegar decide Aegon wasn't the PtwP anymore? Where is it even hinted that Rhaegar believed the PtwP must be sired by him? Why did GRRM bother to tell us over and over again that actively engaging in prophesied events is foolhardy, only to have a character be successful in doing just that?
  12. Rhaegar's last act was going into battle, so I can say, without question, that prophecy played no role in his final action. I've never known GRRM to straight-up lie when it comes to spoilery plot points, which is what he would be doing if Rhaegar wasn't "love-struck". Usually, in those situations, he gets a big vague, and often says something that hints at the truth.
  13. Rich people are always doing weird shit. I bet Illyrio routinely drops molten gold into his spiced wine.
  14. It's one of those things that people say is important, but is given low priority in practice. Gatehouse Ami is hot property right now, after all, despite her reputation.
  15. Well, it was bastard that started House Baratheon. It would make a nice call back to the beginning if the series ends with another bastard ruling Storm's End. Why would he need that though? To Stannis, Storm's End is already his by rights. A bastard son of his brother's has no claim to it. He would consider it an insult to his station and a waste of resource to marry Shireen to a bastard. A betrothal to another House, one with $$$ and/or military might, would be infinitely more favourable for him.