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While I have been avidly following The Borgias, I confess I have yet to start GoT.

I think my reluctance boils down to three things:

1. My flist's mixed reactions - more people like it than don't but all the comments about graphic sex (typical HBO - it isn't daring or realistic once you are out of your teens and had some yourselves. I still laugh at the ridiculous Rome sex scenes), constant nudity, child murder etc are pretty off-putting.
2. It seems to lack any prominent storylines for female characters. No, I don't require my period dramas to be female-centric, especially when set in quasi-medieval times (though if it's a fantasy, there is less of an excuse than if it was a straightforward, trying to stay true to real history epic like Three Kingdoms) but it helps. It helps a lot.
3. I like fantasy just fine as a genre but I always have problems with stories with elaborate world-building closely based on real historical periods. For God's sake, then write a proper historical novel! It just makes me think you are too lazy to do proper research. Why would I read an elaborate discourse about politics and social customs of fantasy version of Medieval Europe, the Incan Empire or Ancient China? I'd much rather read about their real-world counterparts, about things that actually existed. I understand it's a minority, not truly rational position, but it doesn't change this is how I feel in my gut. These types of narratives usually drive me nuts. So I am a little worried about starting GoT which seems in that mold.
dangermousie: (Default)
While I have been avidly following The Borgias, I confess I have yet to start GoT.

I think my reluctance boils down to three things:

1. My flist's mixed reactions - more people like it than don't but all the comments about graphic sex (typical HBO - it isn't daring or realistic once you are out of your teens and had some yourselves. I still laugh at the ridiculous Rome sex scenes), constant nudity, child murder etc are pretty off-putting.
2. It seems to lack any prominent storylines for female characters. No, I don't require my period dramas to be female-centric, especially when set in quasi-medieval times (though if it's a fantasy, there is less of an excuse than if it was a straightforward, trying to stay true to real history epic like Three Kingdoms) but it helps. It helps a lot.
3. I like fantasy just fine as a genre but I always have problems with stories with elaborate world-building closely based on real historical periods. For God's sake, then write a proper historical novel! It just makes me think you are too lazy to do proper research. Why would I read an elaborate discourse about politics and social customs of fantasy version of Medieval Europe, the Incan Empire or Ancient China? I'd much rather read about their real-world counterparts, about things that actually existed. I understand it's a minority, not truly rational position, but it doesn't change this is how I feel in my gut. These types of narratives usually drive me nuts. So I am a little worried about starting GoT which seems in that mold.
dangermousie: (Default)
While I have been avidly following The Borgias, I confess I have yet to start GoT.

I think my reluctance boils down to three things:

1. My flist's mixed reactions - more people like it than don't but all the comments about graphic sex (typical HBO - it isn't daring or realistic once you are out of your teens and had some yourselves. I still laugh at the ridiculous Rome sex scenes), constant nudity, child murder etc are pretty off-putting.
2. It seems to lack any prominent storylines for female characters. No, I don't require my period dramas to be female-centric, especially when set in quasi-medieval times (though if it's a fantasy, there is less of an excuse than if it was a straightforward, trying to stay true to real history epic like Three Kingdoms) but it helps. It helps a lot.
3. I like fantasy just fine as a genre but I always have problems with stories with elaborate world-building closely based on real historical periods. For God's sake, then write a proper historical novel! It just makes me think you are too lazy to do proper research. Why would I read an elaborate discourse about politics and social customs of fantasy version of Medieval Europe, the Incan Empire or Ancient China? I'd much rather read about their real-world counterparts, about things that actually existed. I understand it's a minority, not truly rational position, but it doesn't change this is how I feel in my gut. These types of narratives usually drive me nuts. So I am a little worried about starting GoT which seems in that mold.

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