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George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is a worldwide phenomenon, and the world of Westeros has seen multiple adaptations, from HBO's acclaimed television series to graphic novels, console games and orchestral soundtracks. This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why the novels and television series are being taught in un George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is a worldwide phenomenon, and the world of Westeros has seen multiple adaptations, from HBO's acclaimed television series to graphic novels, console games and orchestral soundtracks. This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why the novels and television series are being taught in university classrooms as genre-defining works within the American fantasy tradition. This volume represents the first sustained scholarly treatment of George R.R. Martin's groundbreaking work, and includes writing by experts involved in the production of the HBO show. The contributors investigate a number of compelling areas, including the mystery of the shape-shifting wargs, the conflict between religions, the origins of the Dothraki language and the sex lives of knights. The significance of fan cultures and their adaptations is also discussed.


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George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is a worldwide phenomenon, and the world of Westeros has seen multiple adaptations, from HBO's acclaimed television series to graphic novels, console games and orchestral soundtracks. This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why the novels and television series are being taught in un George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series is a worldwide phenomenon, and the world of Westeros has seen multiple adaptations, from HBO's acclaimed television series to graphic novels, console games and orchestral soundtracks. This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why the novels and television series are being taught in university classrooms as genre-defining works within the American fantasy tradition. This volume represents the first sustained scholarly treatment of George R.R. Martin's groundbreaking work, and includes writing by experts involved in the production of the HBO show. The contributors investigate a number of compelling areas, including the mystery of the shape-shifting wargs, the conflict between religions, the origins of the Dothraki language and the sex lives of knights. The significance of fan cultures and their adaptations is also discussed.

30 review for Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shiloh

    This is a remarkably strong collection of essays on A Song of Ice and Fire, with chapters that also cover Game of Thrones and various other adaptations. I've spent a lot of time working with and thinking about A Song of Ice and Fire, and this book gave me even more to think about. This is a remarkably strong collection of essays on A Song of Ice and Fire, with chapters that also cover Game of Thrones and various other adaptations. I've spent a lot of time working with and thinking about A Song of Ice and Fire, and this book gave me even more to think about.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alma Q

    "This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why Game of Thrones is currently being taught in university classrooms as a genre-defining series within the American fantasy tradition." Please, do tell. "This collection of new essays investigates what makes this world so popular, and why Game of Thrones is currently being taught in university classrooms as a genre-defining series within the American fantasy tradition." Please, do tell.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ansu

    Kiehtova kokoelma esseitä ASoIaF:iin ja GoT:iin liittyen. Kirjoitan tästä blogiin hieman tarkemman arvion (kirjaihminen.livejournal.com).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    As with any other collection of works by several authors, some of the essays included in this book are brilliant, and some are nothing but mental masturbation. It is a sad reflection on what has become of the fields of literary theory and studies in literature that the essays on the HBO series, Game of Thrones, and other adaptations of Martin's books are far more interesting than those concerned with the books themselves. As with any other collection of works by several authors, some of the essays included in this book are brilliant, and some are nothing but mental masturbation. It is a sad reflection on what has become of the fields of literary theory and studies in literature that the essays on the HBO series, Game of Thrones, and other adaptations of Martin's books are far more interesting than those concerned with the books themselves.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rafaela (dragonsandpaperbacks)

    *I'm putting this aside for now because I didn't expect how academic and formal these essays are. Although they are very interesting, I'm not in the mood for this sort of writing right now. *I'm putting this aside for now because I didn't expect how academic and formal these essays are. Although they are very interesting, I'm not in the mood for this sort of writing right now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Mastering the Game of Thrones was one of the required texts for the Game of Thrones class that I'm taking this semester, and for class, we read about two thirds of the book. I don't really like leaving books unfinished, though, even if they are scholarly essay collections, so I've been filling in the essays as we go. As a whole, this book is interesting, offering a massive variety of perspectives on both Martin's novels and the television show, though this book advertises itself as covering A So Mastering the Game of Thrones was one of the required texts for the Game of Thrones class that I'm taking this semester, and for class, we read about two thirds of the book. I don't really like leaving books unfinished, though, even if they are scholarly essay collections, so I've been filling in the essays as we go. As a whole, this book is interesting, offering a massive variety of perspectives on both Martin's novels and the television show, though this book advertises itself as covering A Song of Ice and Fire. I can't imagine reading it all in one go, but week by week, it's been interesting to read about things like the relationship between the novels and Shakespeare's history plays, or how the Starks' relationships with their direwolves reflects modern psychological theory, or, as my reading ended today, with discussions of the interpretive powers of fan art. Some of the essays, particularly the ones dealing with American history and Freud, were informative, but seemed to go on for many more pages than they actually did. I also felt that one essay in particular threw the female members of the cast completely aside in order to make a point that would have been well enriched by including extra characters. Overall, though, I thought that Mastering the Game of Thrones was an interesting and informative set of essays that did a lot to enrich and work to justify the existence of the course in which I read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Johnson

    blah. only read a couple of chapters. literary criticism. plus the book was poorly made and a page fell out and my library was ggoing to make me pay for it until i showed them other pages were falling out too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alasandra Alawine

    Extremely boring and not very accurate.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linds

    More academic than entertaining, though I did like the essay that compared Sansa Stark and Jane Austen's Emma. More academic than entertaining, though I did like the essay that compared Sansa Stark and Jane Austen's Emma.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Will

  11. 5 out of 5

    Becky Davison

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michail

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gusti Marethasanda

  16. 5 out of 5

    Julia

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bethan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Queen A.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katarzyna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Esther

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jack Wilson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sean Couch

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  28. 4 out of 5

    Colin Ennis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tanvanwee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roz

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