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On 3/16/2019 at 6:11 PM, Plain, Simple Tailor said:

What are the best and worst POVs per book? 

A Game of Thrones: 

BEST: Daenerys Targaryen 

WORST: Jon Snow 

A Clash of Kings: 

BEST: Daenerys Targaryen 

WORST: Arya Stark

A Storm of Swords: 

BEST: Daenerys Targaryen

WORST: Jon Snow

A Feast for Crows: 

BEST: Prologue 

WORST: Aerion Greyjoy

A Dance with Dragons: 

BEST: Daenerys Targaryen

WORST: Arya Stark

The Blood of the Dragon is a novella of the Daenerys chapters.  It won the Hugo Award in 1997.  People who know what good writing is recognized how awesomely good those Dany chapters are.  

 

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AGOT

Best: Eddard
Worst: Bran

ACOK

Best: Tyrion
Worst: Bran

ASOS

Best: Tyrion
Worst: Bran

AFFC

Best: Cersei
Worst: Aeron/Brienne (I love Brienne as a character, I just thought that her chapters were so vapid in AFFC)

ADWD

Best: Jon/Tyrion
Worst: Bran

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AGOT:

  • best: Ned & Daenerys
  • worst: Sansa (least favourite)

ACOK:

  • best: Catelyn & Arya
  • worst: Daenerys (except for the Hotu chapter)

ASOS:

  • best: pretty much everyone
  • worst: Sam simply because he was the newest pov and less familiar

AFFC:

  • best: Brienne & Jaime
  • worst: Sansa

ADWD:

  • best: Jon & Daenerys
  • worst: Victarion
Edited by Lady Anna

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AGOT:

Most Favourite: Jon

Least Favourite: Bran 

ACOK: 

Most Favourite: Sansa

Least Favourite: Dany

ASOS:

Most Favourite: Sansa

Least Favourite: Tyrion

AFFC: 

Most Favourite: Brienne

Least Favourite: Arys Oakheart

ADWD: 

Most Favourite: Jon 

Least Favourite: Dany 

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A Game of Thrones

Best: Eddard. A Game of Thrones is Eddard's book. 

Worst: Sansa. All her chapters should belong to someone else. 

 

A Clash of Kings

Best: Tyrion. A Clash of Kings is Tyrion's book. 

Worst: Daenerys. I could not care less about Qarth. 

 

A Storm of Swords

Best: Jaime. Awesome character.

Worst: All of them are really great. 

 

A Feast for Crows

Best: Jaime again. Awesome character!

Worst: Brienne. What the hell was going on? 

 

A Dance with Dragons

Best: Theon. Best storyline in the series. 

Worst: Tyrion. Too much chapters about his travel. 

 

Honorable mentions: Daenerys in AGOT. Theon in ACOK. Catelyn in ASOS. Cersei in AFFC. Jon in ADWD. 

Edited by Lumosaca
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A Game of Thrones

Best: Eddard/Tyrion: Ned because he draws you into the world perfectly and provides you with a strong moral center, until his death reveals that everything you thought you knew about the direction of this series is wrong. Tyrion for making the first book fun and witty. 

Worst: Dany. These are good chapters. But a lot of the Dothraki stuff is just uncomfortably orientalizing. And I never really bought into her romance with Khal Drogo.

A Clash of Kings

Best: Tyrion, for obvious reasons.

Worst: Dany/Jon. Dany in Qarth is boring. Jon north of the wall is a complete anti-climax.

 

A Storm of Swords

Best: Jaime. Wonderful character development.

Worst: Bran. The first time a character arc is "travel from point A to point B" in far too many chapters. There's good stuff in here, but at least some of his ADWD chapters should have been part of this book.

A Feast for Crows

Best: Slim pickings, but probably Jaime for providing some wit and having an actual arc.

Worst: Brienne. The Iron Islands cast. The Dorne cast. Sansa. Some of these have good moments (Brienne's storyline picks up in her last four chapters), but there's  way too little substance in these chapters for the amount of space GRRM gives them.

 

A Dance with Dragons

Best: Reek. Incredible psychological horror.

Worst: Tyrion/Dany/Quentyn. Dany and Tyrion: Endless travel and uninteresting political machinations with characters and worldbuilding we don't care about. Quentyn: a complete waste of space that retroactively ruins the only interesting part of the Dornish plotline from AFFC.

Edited by Caligula_K3

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AGOT:

Best:  Daenerys

Worst:  Jon

ACOK:

Best:  Daenerys

Worst:  Arya

ASOS:

Best:  Daenerys

Worst:  Jon

AFFC:

Best:  Cersei

Worst:  Damphair

ADWD:

Best:  Daenerys

Worst:  Arya

 

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On 4/18/2019 at 4:31 PM, Caligula_K3 said:

A Dance with Dragons

Worst: Tyrion/Dany/Quentyn. Dany and Tyrion: Endless travel and uninteresting political machinations with characters and worldbuilding we don't care about. Quentyn: a complete waste of space that retroactively ruins the only interesting part of the Dornish plotline from AFFC.

I agree with this.  Also add Barristan into the list.  And somewhat Jon Connington/Victarion.  As a whole, they had a few good chapters, but for the most part it was a slog

 

The whole Meereen thing unnecessarily weighed down A Dance with Dragons.  It all seemed cumbersome and unnecessary.  Deep-diving into the politics of the Slavers' Bay cities, and Eastern Essos is rather uninteresting.  Lots of Ghiscari and Yunkish names, ins and outs of various mercenary companies and their leaders.... all the travel to get there from 3-4 POVs.  Too much.   Hopefully this thing gets wrapped up in the first 100 pages of WoW.  

 

 

 

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