What is the Game of Thrones About?

A Look into Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin’s popular novels have reached millions of readers and viewers in all corners of the world. The first book in the series A Game of Thrones Audio Book was first published in 1996. The series takes place in Westeros and Essos. The books follow different perspectives of various characters in Westeros and Essos.

A Look into the Series

The series created by George R.R. Martin follows the perspective of 31 characters in the books. There are three dominant stories that interconnect throughout the series. The three interwoven stories are the war among families for control of Westeros, the ambition of Daenerys Targaryen to return to her kingdom with her brood of dragons and regain the Iron Throne, and the burgeoning threat of the supernatural Others living in the northern borders of Westeros.

The books allegorize different aspects of society. The broad strokes that George R. R. Martin implemented into his books have won him critical acclaim and popularity with non-science fiction readers. The books tackle several topics on religion, sexuality, morality, and politics. The series is also more real compared to other books in the science fiction genre. Martin also utilizes shifts in perspectives to effectively develop his characters and give the different points of view of each family in the series. This method also allows the readers to learn more about the different characters and why they act the way they do.

The moral ambiguity, sex, and violence portrayed by the characters give the series an edge. Readers are always on the edge of their seat not knowing what will happen to their favorite character. There is no protagonist or villain in the conventional sense when one reads the Game of Thrones. The first book in the series is called A Game of Thrones, which is followed by A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons, and two forthcoming books called The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

The first book in the series has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 20 languages. The books have also been adapted into board games, videogames, comic books, and card games.

TV Adaptation

The immense popularity of the books have led to a TV adaptation. The cast of the series includes Sean Bean (Lord Ned Stark), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Rory McCann (The Hound), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), and several other actors and actresses.

Not surprisingly, the series has been nominated for several awards and have also won a few. Peter Dinklage won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series during the Emmy Awards in 2011. The critical acclaim of the series has reached different parts of the world. Millions of viewers worldwide have embraced the series and its various themes. Themes on politics, sexuality, moral ambiguity, and a vast range of other themes have made the series popular.

Who is George R.R Martin?

A Look at George R.R. Martin’s Life & Career

The Game of Thrones Audiobook wasn’t initially a big hit. It took a few years before George R.R. Martin’s books sold millions and later adapted into an award winning TV series.

The Life of George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is an American author that has reached critical acclaim and has millions of international readers worldwide because of his popular book and TV series, A Game of Thrones. As an impressionable youth, Martin already had an inclination to fantasy, writing, and storytelling. Martin told, wrote, and sold monster stories to other children in his neighborhood. He also occasionally did dramatic readings of the stories he wrote.

In high school, Martin developed an interest in comic books, especially Marvel Comics. He would repeatedly send letters to the editors of the comics, who in turn published some of the letters he sent. George R.R. Martin got his B.S. Journalism degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he also finished summa cum laude. George R.R. Martin pursued further studies and got his M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University as well.

The Career of George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin began selling his science fiction short stories when he turned 21. The first short story he sold was ‘The Hero’, which Galaxy magazine bought and published in its February 1971 issue. George R.R. Martin was nominated for his first Hugo Award and Nebula Award in in 1973 for his story entitled ‘With Morning Comes Mistfall’. After the commercial failure of his fourth novel, ‘The Armageddon Rag’, George R.R. Martin shifted his career into writing for TV. He wrote for The Twilight Zone before it was officially cancelled. He was later hired to write for the satirical science fiction series Max Headroom. Before the material that Martin wrote could hit the screen, the show was cancelled. Martin was then hired to write and produce the series Beauty and the Beast. He later became the show’s co-supervising producer and wrote 14 episodes.

George R.R. Martin’s biggest success was his series Game of Thrones. The books’ sold millions of copies worldwide and has topped New York Times’ Bestseller lists. The books’ popularity has led to a TV adaptation of the series. The TV series garnered multiple nominations and awards. The series of books and audiobooks include A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. Two forthcoming books are in the works to conclude the popular series.