Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hooray HBO! I Knew You Could Do It!

Finally! It took them nearly two years from acquiring the rights to George R. R. Martin's acclaimed fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, but HBO has finally greenlit the production of the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, for their original lineup. announced the details earlier this week, so check out the link if you want the full scoop.

I'm ecstatic! This is the best set of fantasy books since Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Trust me, I don't deliver such praise lightly. The funny thing is, ASoIaF doesn't actually delve so much on tried and true fantasy tropes as most books of this ilk do. There are no elves, barely any magic at all, and dragons (for the most part) are only mentioned in songs. There are giants and ghouls and all sorts of weird, crazy things in this world though. But they're kept behind a massive protection wall, sort of like what China tried to do with the invading Mongolian hordes (and look how well that worked out for 'em!)

The series, instead, deals primarily with internecine and devious strategies between several vying factions and kingdoms, all jockeying for control of the high throne. Hence, the title of the first book, A Game of Thrones. For me, this is the series' best selling point--it's sorta like The Godfather/Sopranos meets King Arthur! In fact, not unlike HBO's previous series, Rome, now that I think of it. Clearly the network has a keen love of the twisted power-play theme for their shows, and in this case Martin's books will fit right in.

Now that the show's been greenlit, fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief. A script for the pilot has been written, and so hopefully this means we can see an air date of sometime in 2010, although early 2011 would be my best guess. I can wait. Maybe in that time the author can *finally* deliver his latest book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, which fans have been waiting on now for going on 5 years!


Kim Kasch said...

What a beautiful cover too - now that would make me want to turn on the show.

Yeah, it seems to take forever for Hollywood to pick up the great books and make them into movies. My husband loves Clive Cussler and it disappoints him that only (I think) one book has been made into a movie.

David Batista said...

Yeah, unfortunately that cover is for the original paperback version -- which I own, but which is now out of print. The new trade paperback and reprint hardcover editions out now are minimalist pieces of fluff I would not deign to call a novel cover.

I prefer artistic covers like the orginal for my fantasy books, as sometimes that alone is enough to draw me into the world before I even crack open the volume.

Still, regardless of the cover, this series is seriously good. Each book is around 500 to 800 pages, though. Which I suppose is rather typical for the genre, now that I think of it.

Ashe Hunt said...

'Bout time. Been waitin' for this! I would say HBO better not mess this up, but they have a pretty good track record for shows. Nothing on this scale and content though. I truly hope they get this as right as possible.

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