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  1. The Bard of Banefort

    Things you found oddly amusing

    "I am Tyrion son of Tywin, of clan Lannister!"
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    FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1

    Still a damn good amount of reading material :-)
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    FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1

    Almost a thousand pages of Westerosi goodness? It may not be TWOW, but I am still thrilled!
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    Unpopular Opinions?

    The ASOIAF community on tumblr, like tumblr itself, is cancer. The fact that bloggers on there are actually considered "experts" on an uncompleted fictional series that they have no hand in creating, and that people actually donate money for them to write blog posts, is mind-boggling. Dorne isn't all that progressive. If they were so relaxed about bastards, then there would be no need to designate the demographic by the last name "Sand." There's no evidence that bastards can inherit property, either. If anything, the Iron Islands appear to be the place with the greatest potential for upward mobility. Speaking of the Iron Islands, they are essentially a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Iron Throne had about 4,062 chances to integrate them into the realm, and threw away all of them. Killing Cersei would detract from Jaime's character development, not add to it. The argument about "the limits of redemption" is downright silly. All redemption arcs involve the limits of redemption. Darth Vader, Jean Valjean, and Severus Snape all had redemption arcs, but that doesn't mean that at the end of the day, they weren't still a mass murder, escaped convict, and neo-Nazi. If George were to devote hundreds of pages to Jaime's redemption, only to then toss it out the window, it would result in the audience feeling ripped-off, not enlightened. There's an awful lot of gatekeeping in this fandom. Despite the plethora of crackpot theories, people who try to analyze characters or situations in different ways are often met with an uproar. One of the things I like about this site is that people are more relaxed about that sort of thing.
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    Unpopular Opinions?

    The fact that George hasn't announced that the series is being extended to eight books yet is something I find genuinely surprising.
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    Why people hate Dany, but love Arya?

    The idea of Dany's beauty and power making readers feel insecure is an interesting one, but one thing that undermines it a bit is that the majority of women in ASOIAF are described as exceptionally attractive: Sansa, Cat, Cersei, Margaery, Val, Arianne, Tyene, Nymeria, Asha, Ashara, and Melisandre, among others. Even women such as Ygritte, Shae, young Lysa, Elia, and Ellaria are described in ways that make their physical appearance, however peculiar, seem enticing. The only times women are ever described as ugly is when it's fundamental to their character, such as with Brienne. Every female character has fans and haters. But Dany does seem to be unique in how much people appear to dislike her. Perhaps it's because she's the most powerful female character that we have, but I think there also might be a Cool Girl factor at work here, as well. I've noticed that a lot of times female characters who are built up to be beloved by the audience but aren't tend to fall under the Cool Girl umbrella. It's something that usually only appears when the writer is male, and Dany fits the archetype pretty well: she's exceptionally hot without trying to be. She looks great both in a gown and in boiled leather. She eats raw horse meet without ever gaining weight. Every man desires her, and women fall to her feet. She's down for any sex act, any time, any place. She demolishes entire cities without breaking a sweat.She has the ancient royal pedigree down, but also grew up on the run, so she's not spoiled. She sits on a throne above half of Essos, but will get down in the dirt when she chooses to. Cool Girls have a bit of an uncanny valley feeling to them--something about them just doesn't feel right. And that's because Cool Girls aren't real. They exist only in the imagination, and regardless of how fictional something is, people want to find characters relatable to one degree or another. I'm not a huge fan of Arya, but she doesn't fit the Cool Girl mold: she's a tomboy who can't sew or curtsy or fake her way through a ceremony. She doesn't look hot with her hair shorn. She talks back to the men and they laugh at her. George is a terrific writer, and a lot of men who fall into this trope are still talented themselves. But I think one reason why many people want to see Dany go mad is because it would break the Cool Girl mold and make her character more interesting than it is now. Sansa and Cersei and Melisandre are all hot, but the fact that they frequently screw up, make mistakes that have lasting impacts, and have POV characters who hate them is part of what makes them interesting. If the same thing starts happening for Dany, I think her popularity will improve.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    I agree about Bran being the most traditionally Stark-like. Maester Luwin even tells him that he is "truly his father's son" as he lay dying in ACOK.
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    Would Barristan have beaten Sansa?

    Cersei all but certainly thought Sansa was the "younger, more beautiful queen" at this point. Chances are, the thought of Sansa being punished and humiliated brought her joy. Cersei is also a raging misogynist, as paradoxical as that may sound. She doesn't care about the torture of girls--not when she was a ten-year-old pushing her best friend into a well, nor when she was an adult gifting Qyburn with subjects to experiment on.
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    Season 8: News, Spoilers And Leaks

    George's comments about Jon being a "fire wight" also makes me question if he'll have any children in the books. Resurrection has major consequences in the books, and it seems unlikely that someone who is undead would be able to bear children.
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    Which region will suffer most from Winter?

    All but certainly the North. The Other's invasion will probably reach the Riverlands, but they'll have to trample the North before they can get that far. The climate is also most severe in the North, so even without an army of the dead on the horizon, northerners would still struggle the most with food and resources.
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    Would Barristan have beaten Sansa?

    Thank you :-) I know not everyone's fond of Jaime on here, but this is one of the reasons why I think he is a more sympathetic character than Barristan. The fact that he thinks of himself as an honorable knight after doing nothing to stop Aerys is pathetic to me. That's not to say that I hate Barristan or think he's devoid of good qualities (I've never agreed with the fandom reputation he has of being a prude with a Madonna-Whore complex in regards to Ashara or Dany), but for a man known as "the Bold," he's rather spineless.
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    Would Barristan have beaten Sansa?

    I disagree with the notion that Joffrey abused Sansa as a way of answering for Robb's rebellion. In AGOT, before Robb is declared king, he has Meryn Trant beat her for talking back to him, and that was in private. When we first see Sansa in ACOK, it's also revealed that her body is covered in bruises from all the beatings she was given, unrelated to Robb's military victories. Using Sansa as a way to "punish" Robb was just a convenient excuse for Joffrey to be extra cruel to her in public.
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    Which is your favourite Westerosi House and why?

    The Crownlands houses are pretty interesting in general. There's a certain mystique to them, since their culture is never discussed in the world book, and they tend to be categorized based on their relationship to the Crown.
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    Would Barristan have beaten Sansa?

    Agreed. Honestly, Aerys' Kingsguard were basically the Westerosi equivalent of a professional athlete's bodyguards who block the door while their client assaults an inebriated sorority girl.
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    Why do book readers hate R+L=J?

    I think most of it is just the product of boredom. Fans have been speculating about R+L=J since AGOT came out over twenty years ago, and it still has yet to be confirmed in-text. After talking about it for so many years now, people are eager for new conversation. I personally have a hard time swallowing the romanticism of Rhaegar and Lyanna in general. There's surely much that we don't know as of yet, so my opinion will likely change once the rest of the series is released, but I tend to see them both as selfish fools who got thousands of people killed so that they could play house. Rhaegar's supposed to be a golden boy, the beloved prince who would have been the perfect king, but what king that's worth a damn abandons his family and lets the realm get torn apart so that he can bang a teenager in a hidden tower for a year? And we're clearly supposed to sympathize with Lyanna--she's being forced to marry a man she doesn't love--but then again, neither Brandon nor Ned showed any real desire to marry Cat, and yet both were willing to go through with it. I like Jon, but not enough to justify the deaths of thousands just so he could be conceived.