Top Ten Tuesday | Things I Love About Game of Thrones

things i love about gotHello everyone! It’s that time of the week again! Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Basically, you get a different bookish topic every Tuesday, and you comprise a list of ten (or however many you’re able to list) relating to said topic.

Today’s topic is ‘Ten Reasons I Love X. I thought long and hard about what I would make my post about this week, until I decided to do it on Game of Thrones, or A Song of Ice and Fire. This is an amalgamation of reasons I love both the books and the show, since I’m such a huge fan of both things. Season 6 is coming to an end soon, which is crazy because it seems like it just started two weeks ago. Winds of Winter is hopefully coming out this year, and I’m almost done with my re-read of the first book. In short, George R. R. Martin’s creation has once again taken over my life, so I thought it fitting to dedicate a blog post to it.

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arya-stark1. The Characters

This is perhaps one of the most obvious reasons why people like Game of Thrones. The characters are expertly crafted. George R. R. Martin has stated multiple times that he does not believe in black-and-white fantasy, where the good guys are beautiful, gallant people and the bad guys are ugly and have no redemption to them. His own vision of good and evil is so commendable and close to reality despite being in a completely fantasy set-up. Our evil characters are not totally evil – Joffrey loves his parents, Ramsay Snow loves his dogs. As little as those things may seem, they just go to show that not everybody is pure evil. Even the good characters can do somewhat morally ambiguous things- Arya is a straight-up anti-hero at this point, and Sansa is secretive. Jon Snow’s honor is his very weakness, much like Ned Stark’s.

And perhaps what is even more baffling to me, as a reader and viewer, is how invested I become in characters I hate. For example, Cersei Lannister is one of the most despicable and lethal characters in the series; she is ruthless and she will do anything in her lust for power, and her love for her children. Yet I understand why she does what she does. And despite hating her so freaking much, I love how developed her character is.


Titan of Bravos2. The World

This reason is another of the most obvious ones. Rarely have I ever seen such vivid, imaginative world-building in one series. George R. R. Martin took examples from our own world, and incorporated them seamlessly into his series. Each of the major areas in his world have a set of traditions and customs. Westerosi people consider themselves civilized; there is a monarchy and noble houses, and knights and all that. Essos is a completely different world, with different clothes and foods, different ways of government and state, different traditions and religions. There are various religions in Westeros itself. Then comes the Wall and the horrors North of the Wall- things which are still to be explored, things that probably will never be explored in their entirety because the world is so damn expansive and huge. But despite missing huge chunks of areas, Martin’s world comes together in a cohesive manner. He could write in this world his entire life and even after that, and I’d still find new things to marvel at.


aryanewvalarmorghulis3. The Deaths

Valar morghulis. All men must die, yet George R. R. Martin takes that to a whole new level. I remember when I was watching the first season (I hadn’t read the books yet), and I had a very distinct idea of who the main character was, who the good guy was. And then that thing happened, and I lost my fucking mind, because everything I had known about story telling and TV shows was shattered, because this TV show had killed the main character in the very first season. How could that be? Then I came across Season 3, when that particular wedding happened, and I just couldn’t handle it. I knew I had to read the books to see if more of my beloved characters die. I grew to be afraid to have favorite characters, certain that they wouldn’t live ’til the end of the series. But the thing is: GRRM doesn’t kill off characters for shock factor. No, he does it because it’s integral to the story, and that’s what makes him a master storyteller. Despite being attached to these characters, you understand why the decision was made, and why it was important. Call it being a good audience, or being a masochist.


4. The Costumes

Bonus points for Jason Momoa being half-naked for the entirety of his role. 🙂


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5. The History

This may come under Point #2, but I thought it deserved a separate category just because it always blows my mind. The fact that Martin has the entire history of the world inside his head, and he gives us tidbits of it in every book and every episode is both astonishing and frustrating. There were the Targeryans with their dragons, Balerion the Black Dread whose skull lies in King’s Landing. There was the Doom of Valyria, which destroyed the prosperous kingdom of Old Valyria, the cause still remains largely unknown. There was the Long Night and the struggle between the Andals and the Children of the Forest, the birth of the Night’s King, and the conquest by Aegon Targeryan. There’s so much, so many novels that can be born from one world inside one man’s head. It’s insane.


6. The Soundtrack

Ramin Djawadi did such a brilliant job with the soundtrack, and I don’t just mean the theme music. I also mean the music playing in the scenes. Each score fits the scene perfectly. My personal favorites are from Season 4 during the Battle of Castle Black. Click the links below if you’re interested in listening to my favorites.

The Rains of Castamere | Thenns | Let’s Kill Some Crows | Forgive Me | Watchers on the Wall

7. The Fandom

I think the Game of Thrones fandom is one of the most dedicated fandom out there. From cosplay kings and queens to spending an immense amount of time analyzing Martin’s each and every word, or each movement in every scene, coming up with outlandish (and awesome) theories to explain deaths, politics, motives, and power. Game of Thrones wouldn’t be Game of Thrones, if it weren’t for the fans who got me believing so staunchly in things that haven’t even been confirmed yet. R + L = J is basically fact in my mind, when Martin could come out and say “bazinga” and completely change the direction of the reveal, and it wouldn’t matter because it’s just true. And it’s that way because of the fandom.


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8. The Supernatural

Remember at the end of Season 5, everybody was saying that Game of Thrones had done zombies better than The Walking Dead, which is a zombie show? Well, it’s true because the zombies in Game of Thrones are the ONLY zombies I have encountered in all my years of reading and watching fiction that fucking terrify me. The White Walkers, or the Others, or whatever you want to call them are terrifying, period. They aren’t just zombies who want brains. They aren’t just corpses that are ruled by their desire to feed. Nah fam, these are creatures with brains and smarts who raise zombies with those motives. It’s nuts.

Not to mention that Game of Thrones has many other things under its belt. Dragons? Check. They’re not nearly as bad-ass as I had hoped they’d be (partly because I’m not big on Daenerys), but they’re still pretty awesome to look at. Direwolves? Check. I love wolves so much, and Game of Thrones gives me my occasional fix. Magic? Resurrection? Weird forest-y children? Check, check, and check.


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9. The Fighting

And I don’t mean the violence, which can sometimes get a little much, so much so that I have to look away. *cough Oberyn cough.* I mean the choreographed fighting: the tourneys or the duels or the trials, or the wars. They’re all so well-done that I find myself marveling that it’s TV, and not an extremely high-budget movie. Some of my favorite scenes in the entire series are the ones which involve fighting: the aforementioned Battle at Castle Black, Hardhome, Tyrion’s trial, the fight between the Hound and a certain someone. The flashback to the Tower of Joy in the latest season blew my freaking mind. Aaaaaand coming up is the Cleganebowl and the Bastard Bowl, and I’m just so stoked.


tyrion-lannister-house-lannister-36908691-3280-492810. Tyrion fucking Lannister

Yes, yes, Tyrion is a character and technically he was included in the first one. You’re right, he was included in the first point, but I thought I needed to go a little further and get him his own category. Just because he’s that bad-ass. Apart from being one of the funniest, smartest characters in the series, he’s also the most complex. A dwarf born in a time where a man’s strength keeps defines his honor and keeps him alive. He’s the definition of the underdog, yet he’s survived through most everything. Hated by his own father and sister who blame him for his mother’s death, accused of something he had no hand in not once, but three times. Someone who was surrounded by vipers and spiders his entire life, only to come out as the most decent of them all. He’s the only Lannister who knows compassion or empathy or something other than sheer selfishness. He also says things like, “I’m not questioning your honor. I am denying its existence,” so bonus points.


That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Let me know in the comments below if you watch or have read Game of Thrones. What are some reasons you like the series? Do you agree with my reasons or not? Let me know, and as always, happy reading!

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  1. Bless this post!

    A Song of Ice and Fire is my favorite series of all time. Hands down. And the show is also one of my favorites ever. I don’t think this will change any time soon.

    All the reasons you listed are right on. I love this series so much I want to cry 😭

    • Mine, too! Funny because I was dreading reading the books because they’re all so freaking massive, but I’m completely willing to re-read them now. They’re just so fantastic. The show is also blowing my mind.

  2. No matter how often I tell myself I need to read the books I never get around to it. They seem like such a daunting read. However, I’m already to deep into the TV series. Love that you gave Tyrion his own paragraph.

    • For any other series, I’d obviously urge you to read the books first. But GRRM isn’t finishing the series any time soon, and if you finish before the last book is out, you’ll probably end up waiting a good 4-5 years. 😛 You should definitely give the show a try, and then read the books once they’re all out, because they have more depth, and more stories inside them. <3

  3. Perfect reasons. Tyrion <3 Oh, and the costumes are magnificent. I'm always in awe.

    I stopped reading the books because of the commitment but I'll eventually go back to them. Loving the show, though! Great post!

    • Oh, yes, the books are definitely a commitment. There’s a read-along happening from June – October where you read one book from the series in a month. I think it’s a great way for people to get on/back on the wagon. 🙂 If you’re interested, you should check out rileymarie’s video on YouTube. XD

  4. Love. You. Post. Enough. Said.
    You’re the second one I’ve read today who did the top 10. I love it. Glad to see more women who love this show and series. It’s wonderful.

    • Thank you! <3 I just hope people can stop being intimidated by the size of the books and just give them a shot. The show is obviously fantastic, but the books add a new dimension to Martin's world that the show can't even begin to reach!

      • Yes they are very intimidating but so good. I just have to make myself read the third one. I think if I take breaks I won’t feel so intimidated.

    • NO, I’m not disappointed in you. They’re such large books- I know they can be intimidating. I was, too, when I first started them off, but it’s one of my favorite series. So much so, that I’m re-reading these beasts one at a time haha.

  5. I’ve never read any Game of Thrones books, but it seems like a series I would really love! I’m just so intimidated by the sheer size of them o.o They’re quite chunky haha 🙂

    • Oh, I get what you mean. I know so many people who have said that the books intimidate them. I’m thinking of writing up a post that might help people read them in a non-intimidating way. They’re so addictive, and the writing style isn’t difficult at all. The hard part is just cracking the first one open and reading the first few chapters! x

  6. YES to all of the above. Game of Thrones is so addictive and immersive and I love seeing how the characters have grown over the course of the seasons. I mean just look at Sansa. So many people hated her at the beginning and now she’s one of the most beloved characters on the show. The staging of the fights is so intricately effective and don’t even get me started on the White-Walkers haha.

    • SO MUCH YAS FOR SANSA. I remember completely hating her in the beginning – she was so spineless and was one of the reasons Eddard lost his life. But she’s grown so much, and she seems to be ready to take back what is hers.

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