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  1. On 6/8/2022 at 3:56 AM, RhaenysBee said:

    We will have Disney+ in 6 days. 




    why do I delight in the chance to give my shit value money to a multi billion dollar us corporation so I can consume their … content of questionable quality? 

    It's a good purchase overall, in my case.

  2. 1 minute ago, Jaenara Belarys said:


    I honestly don't care. That's what it is, or would you prefer me calling it sucking up to avoid cancellation? Now, if you'll excuse me, I have The Last Command  waiting. 

    But using "politically incorrect" is just virtue signaling as the kids call it these days.

  3. 4 minutes ago, Nevets said:

    A couple of questions here.  First, what exactly are we talking about?  How do we (or you) define transgender anyway, especially in a setting such as this one?

    Second, how are supposed to know, or find out?  Modern indicators don't help.  Hormone treatment and surgical intervention aren't available, and self-identification doesn’t work in this setting. 

    Sarella Sand is pretending to be male and wearing men's clothing.  I doubt she is transgender though.  I think it is a temporary, practical means of attaining a specific goal; in this case, attending the Citadel.  And let's face it; girls pretending to be boys is a well-established trope in fiction, especially in settings with rigid gender divisions, such as Westeros. 

    Brienne could be transgender, but the evidence on that is ambiguous at best.  I can't think of any other character that would make sense.  Such a radical shift would simply be bad writing. 

    Third,  why would Martin bother?  He seems pretty indifferent to LGBTQ issues or characters so far.  There are only four gay characters (all men).  Of those one is dead (Renly), one might be (Loras), and the other two are minor characters (Jon Connington and Lyn Cornray).  So why would he bother trying to make someone transgender in the first place?  I think it far more likely to simply establish someone as gay or bisexual.  That could be established within the parameters of the series. 

    True, and Martin is poor at writing female characters.

    Never mind the Arab stereotypes in Slaver's Bay.

    So, err, not sure I want to see him write a trans character.

    But that's not the point of the thread.

    It's more: how would the fandom react?

  4. 13 hours ago, sifth said:

    Beat Horizon Forbidden West a few days ago. Not gona lie, I found the story for this game rather boring. Don't get me wrong, the combat was insanley fun and the game looks stunning, but the amount of exposition some cutscenes had just bored me beyond belief. I wish at the very least they'd allow some choices you made during cutscenes to effect the narrative in some way, like with The Witcher 3 and Mass Effect.

    Well, at least you can use this clip now without shame:


  5. 19 hours ago, lacuna said:

    Had the same need recently, but went with a mini-pc instead, using my tablet as a screen and my regular wireless mouse and keyboard. I need a numpad for job purposes, and an above-minimum processor, which doubles the price for laptops compared to what I paid.

    The downside is that the tablet makes for a very small screen, and there's no battery, but it works. It's not like I ever actually do any work "on the go" anyway, I need peace and quiet. Those places tend to have a power outlet.

    Frankly, I got mine in 2019, but I feel like I should upgrade later this year.

    Dunno what's "upcoming" in terms of laptops. Just need a good gaming laptop, something as up-to-date as possible.

  6. 56 minutes ago, The Bard of Banefort said:

    Damn I don’t even remember E-Ro. I guess he was before my time.

    Whatever happened to The Fattest Leech? 

    I don’t know if he was ever on here, but BryndenBFish deleted all his accounts. I’m not sure what happened there.

    As grateful as I am that the show is over, I do miss gotgifsandmusings. She was a damn good time.

    Ahhh do you see what you did to the fandom, George?! :dunce:


    I remember BryndenBFish.

    Also, yeah, The Fattest Leech.



  7. 1 hour ago, Garlan the Gallant said:

    Not so much a phrase but I really don’t like when the author re-explains something a number of times throughout the series.

    I don't mind per se, but I will say this:

    "He wolfed down"

    He WOLFED down...

    This is used by a few authors I knew in the 2000s and early 2010s (from what I remember).

  8. On 4/7/2022 at 9:46 PM, Crazy Old Guy said:

    Okay, so, watch these two videos and tell me you're not amused:



    Really? Nobody watched or commented on the max0r videos that I posted?

    Or do we all just post videos here without actually viewing what other people post?

    ...I viewed some of yours.


  9. 46 minutes ago, James Arryn said:

    I think E-Ro challenged everyone who defied the divinity of Bobby B/Stannis to a powerlift duel and was last seen trying to carve a giant warhammer out of osmium. 

    Haha, how silly!

    ...I miss him.

  10. Okay, weird thought (more related to the fanbase than to A Song of Ice and Fire):

    ...Whatever happened to E-Ro?

    ...Hell, how many "old guard" members on "A Forum of Ice and Fire" are still here?

    Yeah. Sorry. Long-time lurker here.

  11. 56 minutes ago, Apoplexy said:

    Unless that's how GRRM had thought about them from the beginning and written them accordingly keeping in mind their transgender identity, it could potentially be bad writing for future books. If he looks back at a character and thinks they could be transgender, nothing wrong with that, but GRRM would run the risk of making that character seem out of character. Of course it could be done if he takes the time to inform himself about transgenderism, learn as much as he can and deal with the subject accordingly. 

    And if he chooses to do it, I dont think it would seem out of place for the series, because the story is very much character driven. And one REALLY does not need to mention genitalia when talking about transgender people. Being transgender isn't about what anatomical parts one has, it's just what society fixates upon. That's partly because that's how most people define gender and partly it's unwarranted curiosity. And of course people think of transgender people as a curiosity, which does not help at all in any discussions about transgenderism.

    I would not mind it the subject is not trivialized.

    Readers definitely have very rigid ideas about characters for this series, and they get more rigid the longer readers have been readers. This is not unexpected, but I personally try to reassess with new information and books and characters are no exceptions. And reactionary mindsets have always existed, it's not a recent phenomenon. It's only recently that reactionary responses are called out and not coddled. But that's a different discussion.

    If done for right reasons, I wouldn't mind.

    My suggestion?

    Ignore the fan theories and go by the "impression" that's first given when reading the books (while also keeping in mind that misdirection is very much thing). Then go by the "second impression" once you know everything.

    I honestly think that that's at least marginally better than simply going by all the fan nonsense (built up over the course OF TWELVE FUCKING YEARS since 2011, which is not what you want to be listening to because the fan nonsense becomes very much accumulative by that point).

    (Sorry for the profanity.)

    But yeah, just thought I'd reply to the bolded part.

  12. 17 hours ago, Jaenara Belarys said:

    As @AlaskanSandman logically put it, there were no procedures, no hormone treatment, etc (Do note, I speak as someone whose knowledge comes from parents, the odd article that catches my eye and one NatGeo magazine). 

    Besides, no one would take them seriously in the world and I'm not here for some politically correct stuff to pop in, just so GRRM could cover his butt. I'll be chill, so long as no one knocks on my door and demands to speak to my manager. 

    Besides, he already sucks at sex scenes, there's no need to make it any more awkward. Thicc pink mast and all......

    Politically incorrect" is a politically charged term.

  13. 5 hours ago, Phylum of Alexandria said:

    I disagree. The Targaryen dynastic incest seems to be taken from classical Antiquity rather than medieval society. The maesters are more like renaissance monks and philosophers. The Faith of the Seven sometimes seems to reflect the modern day Church of England, given how superficially it is embedded into the culture, though the Sparrows could be a nod to the Protestant uprisings. Homosexuality seems to be somewhat taboo in Westeros, but not nearly as dangerous as it could be in medieval Europe. GRRM really does grab from various times and places as it suits the narrative.

    But also, more importantly: while GRRM is indeed creating a quasi-medieval culture with some really brutal patriarchal dimensions, he is always doing so to make modern readers reflect about what it means for our own lives. I think he definitely wants us to think about how militantly masculine ideals of heroism are toxic and untrue. That's a thematic priority that is highlighted by the stories of Sam, Brienne, Sansa, and Arya (as well as others). That theme leaves some room for other interpretive possibilities, such as explorations of queerness (which is defined by a non-normative and non-categorical nature). As I said before, I don't think such explorations into gender identity can go very far without veering into fan fiction, but at very least the text invites readers to wonder a bit.

    Sounds close.

    Planetos has never been "realistic."

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