Guess what? I STILL haven’t really started watching Game of Thrones.
That’s probably something not to admit as a lover of the fantasy genre and horror genre. I know GoT isn’t horror, but there is a lot of grimdark stuff going on, so I’m just trying to prove I’m not squeamish.
I was thinking the other day about one of my currently-shelves trilogies. It’s about a shape-shifting dragon clan and a corporate plan to enslave them. Elfpunk in a kind of dystopian/utopian world (depending on who you are).
The first draft of the first book was completed when I was about 24 and didn’t have the life experience or writing experience that I now have. The book is good, if I do say so myself, but not real enough. It needs more grit, more grimdark. And I don’t say that because it seems to be popular these days, or because I want to throw in more depravity. I say it because it’s real for the type of setting I created.
What does this have to do with Game of Thrones? I think the series really blew open the doors on the type of dark world people want to wallow in. It made it popular to want to wallow. From what I’ve seen so far and heard from others who can’t help but talk about the series in my presence, there is a lot that seems over the top and gratuitous.
But like I said, I haven’t watched or read too much of it yet.
Dystopian still seems popular among readers. In a real world that is barely clinging to the lip of the proverbial tube, seeing something even worse can maybe offer comfort. “Well, it could be worse,” people say when they read about politics or the environment etc.