Tuesday, 19 May 2015

#Unbowed #Unbent #Unbroken

So, everyone knows what this show is. To the EXTREMELY IGNORANT who don't; it's a show where everyone kills each other and takes a turn to sit on a throne made of old swords. Oh and dragons, don't forget the dragons.

Those of you who have read the book, will know that author likes nothing more than making his readers fall in love with his charactersand then killing them off. Slowly. And painfully.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you George R.R. (Raymond Richard) Martin - The world most sadistically talented author and Torturer Supreme to children.

He takes five years to finish a book and many of his fans bite their nails in the fear that the book series would never get finished.

He kills off characters so mercilessly, that even ****** would seem kind. Despite all of this, people like me love him and his books.

One of his characters is Sansa Stark, who has come a long way in both the books and in the T.V. series. In her sweet, pure way, she has captured the hearts of fans all over the world.

Lady Sansa, started off as a naive little girl, infatuated with her cruel, sadistic fiance. She fought with her sister and got her father killed off because she believed that she was in love with her prince.

When she finds out, that the boy she loved has her own father murdered, she goes through a hard transition. No longer, remained the little girl who dreamed of wedding bells and being Queen; she changes into a woman who in her grief, takes all the blame for the death of her father and the escape of her sister.

She wait patiently, first, for her brother Robb to free her from Jofferey. When that doesn't happen, she finds herself wedded to a man she does not love. She accepts her fate and still hopes that one day her big brother would save her.

When Robb dies along with King Jofferey in the Red Wedding, she escapes with Littlefinger to the Eyrie (or so she thinks). There she is sexually harassed by Littlefinger, who is perversely attracted to her because of her resemblance to her mother. She then witnesses her aunt being murdered by Littlefinger.

Then, the T.V. series bring in a twist that is NOT in the books. Sansa is raped by her husband, Lord Ramsay Bolton, and Theon Greyjoy, her brother's ex-best friend, is made to watch. Now, I know that Ramsay Bolton is one of the cruelest characters in the saga, and that is something, given the fact that all Game of Thrones characters are cruel and cunning.

It would have been ridiculous, if Bolton had been a loving husband and caressed her tenderly and recited poetry during the wedding night. And this is not the first time Sansa has been sexually and physically harasses, but this beats all records.

The whole scene makes you furious and you just want to reach through the T.V. screen and slit Ramsay Bolton's neck and stop the gruesome act. Outraged fans turned to question George R. R. Martin on the horrific scene and he posted this on his blog:
How many children did Scarlett O'Hara have? Three, in the novel. One, in the movie. None, in real life: she was a fictional character, she never existed. The show is the show, the books are the books; two different tellings of the same story. 

There have been differences between the novels and the television show since the first episode of season one. And for just as long, I have been talking about the butterfly effect. Small changes lead to larger changes lead to huge changes. HBO is more than forty hours into the impossible and demanding task of adapting my lengthy (extremely) and complex (exceedingly) novels, with their layers of plots and subplots, their twists and contradictions and unreliable narrators, viewpoint shifts and ambiguities, and a cast of characters in the hundreds. 

There has seldom been any TV series as faithful to its source material, by and large (if you doubt that, talk to the Harry Dresden fans, or readers of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, or the fans of the original WALKING DEAD comic books)... but the longer the show goes on, the bigger the butterflies become. And now we have reached the point where the beat of butterfly wings is stirring up storms, like the one presently engulfing my email. 

Prose and television have different strengths, different weaknesses, different requirements. 

David and Dan and Bryan and HBO are trying to make the best television series that they can.

And over here I am trying to write the best novels that I can.

And yes, more and more, they differ. Two roads diverging in the dark of the woods, I suppose... but all of us are still intending that at the end we will arrive at the same place.

In the meantime, we hope that the readers and viewers both enjoy the journey. Or journeys, as the case may be. Sometimes butterflies grow into dragons.

But, did Sansa really deserve that? Over the books and the T.V. series, Sansa has grown into a beautiful, strong woman who is trying to deal with the situation as best as she can.

In the end, I am aware that no one get's a happy ending in the Game of Thrones; but if there's anyone who deserves to be happy and learn how to laugh again, it's Lady Sansa Stark. She is someone I look up to and can't even begin to comprehend what she has been through. Not good HBO, not good.

#ViSalutaSansaStark #Unbowed #Unbent #Unbroken

Zoe Summers

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