Now, I don’t really go out much for fantasy, normally. I think it’s because I grew up on Dragonlance and Dungeons and Dragons stuff, and it all seemed kind of repetitive to me: you’ve got your fighter, your mage, and your paladin. They go do stuff. Orcs or something appear. The mage uses some dark magic, which gets them out of the situation, but causes the rest of his party to distrust him. (That might not be an actual story — it might just be a half-remembered bit of A Bard’s Tale.) So I was surprised just how much I enjoyed Game of Thrones.
I think the best part about it is the time taken to develop characters. And among the best — Peter Dinklage. He makes Tyrion Lannister such a real, complex person that you forget you’re watching a character. I’d not seen much with Dinklage in it before, but I’m now willing to support the man for President.
Oh, sure. Game of Thrones still has some of the things that put me off fantasy — I don’t know anyone’s character names beyond Jon Snow and Ned Stark (who’s already dead, so that helps me not at all). I had to look up Dinklage’s character name while writing this — I just keep calling his character “Peter Dinklage” in my mind. Usually, those names should stick with me 14 episodes in, but perhaps my mind has a blank spot where fantasy names are concerned (unless they’re easy, like the two I mentioned above). But it’s not so heavy on the mythical stuff, and when it does approach it, it feels like the series earned it. It’s probably the best fantasy story I’ve seen rendered on the big or small screen.
What about you, folks? What’s your favorite fantasy story? Also, will you cast your vote for Dinklage in 2012?
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