So, we are underway!!!! I am posting pretty early in the month, so I get to just follow the train of posts throughout the month and enjoy!
Thanks Belghast for once again bringing another lovely event to the blogosphere! You can read his starter post here if you are interested in finding out who the other bloggers are. I am deeply disappointed I missed the April event (I was AFK on blogging at the time), so I am happy to be doing this one 🙂 Also this is his actual first post about changing the fandom.
My writing prompt for the month is as follows:
What is some popular piece of content/media that seems to be universally loved that you have never been able to understand?
The first thing which springs to mind is a little known book series called “Game of Thrones”. I say book series because, dear reader, I was reading them as they were being published. Yes, I am that old. I started reading them because I was actually reading the “Wheel of Time” series and waiting for the next book in the series to be released. It sounded like another high fantasy book – I was wrong. So very very wrong.
I disliked the books enough I never finished the series. I don’t think I made it to the third book. I was bored and uninterested (I also never finished Wheel of Time either – couldn’t get past book 6). I did try years later to re-read them without any success. So I was quite surprised when they made them into an even worse TV series which everyone absolutely adored.
We watched the first season through because I thought it would be high fantasy and brilliant. It wasn’t. Neither were the books though in my opinion. Normalisation of incest, statutory rape, sexual assault is not something I want in my world. Ever. I do not think these are subjects we should be celebrating as excellent. Yes, I get it, it is fantasy, however there are many other paths you can take, within that genre, which do not have multiple women sexually assaulted and raped for character development.
I remember the scene exactly which I told my hubby to turn it off. When Joffrey was aiming a crossbow bolt at a girl whilst they were getting beaten. I think that was very early in season 2. I had decided through all the other stuff going on in the show I couldn’t handle any more of the violence and assaults to women. It was very traumatic to watch as someone who survived a violent sexual assault. I struggled through season 1 and I didn’t want to watch even more of it.
I continued to keep up with what was happening via media and news because whenever something happened it was quite hard to avoid. Including his death. I watched that video with glee. I felt a stab of pain whenever my many friends would ask me why I don’t love the show given it has dragons in it. I was shocked they think dragons outrank the violence to women so heartily celebrated when my PTSD was so severe I didn’t leave the house for almost 12 months. It just never made sense to me. It still makes no sense to me. I still hate the author for even being such a sadistic wanker by publishing this sort of violence and be lauded as brilliant. No. He wasn’t. Neither is the story.
Sorry for the heavy topic, but this was something people still talk about today in conversation (and ask me how much i loved the show) and I just can’t understand how they can’t see all the violence against women and not have an issue with it? Contextually this really ties into the issues we have seen recently in the Warcraft and Streaming community. We need to be better people. We need to more humane. We need to care about people as individuals.
On a more positive note though I am going to send you on your way for tomorrows post and discover what shaped Mailvaltar’s worldview! I am sure theirs will be a more uplifting, light hearted and enjoyable read for your day!!
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