Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire

By Jes Battis

George R.R. Martin's A tune of Ice and Fire sequence is a world phenomenon, and the realm of Westeros has obvious a number of diversifications, from HBO's acclaimed tv sequence to image novels, console video games and orchestral soundtracks. This choice of new essays investigates what makes this international so renowned, and why the novels and tv sequence are being taught in collage study rooms as genre-defining works in the American fable culture. This quantity represents the 1st sustained scholarly therapy of George R.R. Martin's groundbreaking paintings, and comprises writing via specialists eager about the construction of the HBO exhibit. The members examine a few compelling components, together with the secret of the shape-shifting wargs, the clash among religions, the origins of the Dothraki language and the intercourse lives of knights. the importance of fan cultures and their variations is usually mentioned.

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