Daenerysthegreat Posted October 20, 2021 Author Share Posted October 20, 2021 5 hours ago, Brother Seamus said: No offense but this is a severe misunderstanding of what this story is about. At its core it's about a family that is dispersed in multiple directions and suffers a series of horrible tragedies - middle son crippled; father, mother, and older brother killed; their home destroyed and then occupied; their extended community of dependents, friends, and allies killed, dispersed, or subjugated; their homeland subjugated; their mother's nearby homeland ravaged by war - and the remaining siblings, the oldest of whom Jon, is only 15, lose contact and knowledge of where each other are. each is alone, vulnerable, and completely bereft. The engine, the driving force of the story is the reunification of the Starks and the resurrection of the family and what it stood for. Everything else - the war of the five kings, Dany, esteros, mereen, dorne, the wall, the wildlings, even the others - is background. What then why did the author waste thousands of pages on it. 5 hours ago, Brother Seamus said: Bran is the central protagonist, with Arya very close second/co-protagonist. Tyrion is next, and he has special status as the author's alter ego, but the emotional core of the story is what happens to Bran, Arya, Jon, and Sansa, in basically that order. Of course, the stark's roles in the other conflicts and stories and how they interact with the other main characters - Dany and Tyrion, in particular - is important and really the meat of the story. For example, how the starks figure into the eventual resistance to the others (which will be related to how they played into their origins centuries ago) is, i suspect, the big story and big mystery of the books. But asoiaf is at its core about children losing their parents and their home, being dispersed to the four winds, and then coming back together and prevailing. of course GRRM could change this, as you suggest, but he won't. He's not the greatest artist ever of the english language ever, but he's a more than competent story teller, and what you're suggesting would be awful and disastrous. If the starks are heroes then why do they have only 6 chapters in Affc and only 18 chapters in adwd. Like it or not the story has gotten bigger and the starks are getting sidelined the Other Wolf 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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