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  1. Playing around with one of those hypothetical 'best Small Council' thought games, and it occurs to me that Wyman is probably one of the most versatile characters in the series. He's built up a fleet of war ships for a region that hasn't had a navy in millennia. Sounds like a good Master of Ships, right? He's outmaneuvered political opponents without any cards to play, seizing on every advantage he has to turn the tables from abject humiliation to brutal revenge. Master of Whispers it is - if he can out-scheme Roose Bolton, he's crafty. He's overseen a thriving port city, and taken steps to improve its infrastructure and defense during wartime and hostile climatic conditions, when resources are stretched thin. Master of Coin sounds like a good fit for a man who can stretch so little so far. He's contributed mightily to a network of secret political alliances, all under the nose of several very paranoid and more powerful opponents. That, with all the others, and you've got a solid Hand of the King there. Seriously, other than Lord Commander of the Kingsguard or Grand Maester, is there any job on the Small Council Wyman couldn't do?
  2. So, given that the latest screen adaptation has been a hit, I figured I’d go back and read IT. I got a few chapters in when I was a kid, but its a dense slog, and I just didn’t have the patience (I read a couple of his books when I was younger, but never particularly went nuts over them). I’m now getting into the flashbacks, about 1/5th of the way through the book, and I’m really finding King to be a difficult author to read - or, at least, enjoy reading. I know that, given to his prolific nature, King does not write nearly as tightly as a more methodical author, like Martin. Still, given how easily King switches between POVs and even tenses (pretty sure a few pages ago, I read a section where the parts taking place in the 80s were written in the past tense, and the parts in the 50s in the present tense), its maddeningly mushy. Also, while I’m not much of a prude, the way he writes some of the more sexual scenes (and I plan on just skipping over the infamous orgy scene entirely, tbh) just feels off. Everything under the sun causes nipples to harden in King’s world, it seems. And, of course, every character fits perfectly in King’s worldview, tending strongly towards two-dimensional development. I could go on, but I’m not trying to just write a long diatribe against King. I guess I’m just wondering if anyone thinks I should just move on to something else, or if IT is worth sticking through to the end (its not as though I don’t know the whole plot anyway). I can’t shake the feeling that, if I want to keep reading about how creepy my part of the country can be, I could just read Lovecraft, instead (I like his tendency to write in the first person, it certainly makes his own prejudices easier to stomach when reading).
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    Maybe not execution, but certainly some consequences. Anyway, we've spent much more of this thread going back and forth on Cersei. Shall we go back to discussing hatable characters in general?
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    Somehow, even as a Frey-hater of the first order, I can never bring myself to hate most of the Frey women.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    According to BBB himself, it isn’t expected. I’m not going to defend BBB for hitting her (the entire point of chivalry is to channel men’s aggression away from doing just that and worse), even though she is mocking his best friend after his men were butchered, I’m just going to say that the scene doesn’t read as one where he was expected to hit her. Even the brute knows he was unacceptably brutish there.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    If Westerosi society is anything like our own medieval society (which it is reasonable to assume, when there is no evidence to the contrary), than you basically have to be a noble woman in order to have your job be “produce legitimate babies” first, foremost, and last. If westerosi smallfolk are anything like real medieval peasants, they generally had the ‘luxury’ to marry for love (or at least make the decision on their own, rather than have the whole matter arranged by the heads of their families). I think that is an agreed upon point, since you’re also specifying noble women in your discussions. I just have no interest in entertaining the idea that a queen is oppressed while a peasant woman is not. They’re simply contrained in certain ways by the conditions inherent in a feudal society. So, we’ll just have to agree to disagree on this matter.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    I’ll have to disagree here, but I really don’t have the energy to get into a lengthy discussion about patriarchy in pre-industrial societies on the verge of starvation like Westeros.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    You’re not wrong, but you’re using one of the most extreme examples to prove your point. I may as well argue against how free Wildling women are by using Gilly as an example. Ceterus Paribus, the best possible spouse is the monarch.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    And several thousand peasant women abused by their husbands would gladly swap places with her.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    If I had to chose between being consort to the ruling monarch and almost any other role in life in Westeros I would pick that. Cersei is many things, oppressed isn’t one of them.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    I doubt it. Just a reminder that this isn’t about wishcasting away the sins of the characters we like, or the virtues of thier opponents. The Starks clearly have built up a lot of political capital in their governance of the North over the generations. You can still like Roose without assuming it means the Starks suck. Unrelated, but I just realized there’s a great character in this category that nobody has brought up: Viserys. He’s got all the great fantasy tropes going on, and, from Dany’s recollection, you can tell that he wasn’t a complete monster. Its obvious from events that he simply was not up to coping with the challenges he faced. A sort of royal ‘broken man’ if you will. Tarly still has my vote, though.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    I don’t think anyone in modern society is ‘super into feudalism,’ particularly Westerosi feudalism. You know who really makes out like a bandit in a feudal society? The Queen. Its a pretty cushy job in a feudal society. Job responsibilities: Sleep with the King and get pregnant Sleep with nobody else In exchange for that, you get the best possible quality of life in the entire continent.
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    How many shits do you give? How about when the cuckold is the king in a hereditary monarchy, where uncertainty of the parentage of the queen’s children can lead to severe instability? How about when the the man with whom the queen is cuckolding her husband is her own twin brother?
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    Forget becoming a maester. All you’d have to do is convince Randyll to foster you with the Hightowers. If he sees through that, then the Harlaws. “Who better to toughen me up than the Ironborn, dad?”
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    Your favorite 'hateable' character

    Don't feel constrained to POV characters! I like Victarion, too. I don't think he's nearly as dumb as many think (or as GRRM says, sorry, word of god!), though I'm not saying he's smart. He's just... he sees the quickest solution to every problem and boy does he take it. So refreshing. He's the sort of guy who could be so easily underestimated and screw up the plans of some of the great players in the game, like Littlefinger or Varys or Tyrion (or those that think they're great players, like Cersei) by just killing some crucial piece on their chessboard. You know, like how in the old school CRPGs, you could kill plot-important characters and screw up the entire game? Victarion would do that all day long.
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