08 August 2011 @ 06:35 pm
Life is faker than Wrestling
Game of Thrones question - for those who know the book and the series.

I'm currently in the midst of reading the first book and find all the characters a bit confusing. I wanted to wait with the series till I'm done with the book, however, now I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to watch a bit of it to be able to put faces to the names and make the characters easier to remember.

Good idea? Bad idea? Is the series very different from the book? Would it confuse me or spoil things that happen later on in the other books?

Talking TV ...

... Torchwood: Mmmh ... this is really getting dark. Quite interesting actually, but I miss the good old days, when you could watch Torchwood and it wouldn't lead to deep discussions.

Which reminds me of that whole "americanized" discussion we have over here.
Yes, it's set in the States mostly and of course this shows, wouldn't it be very weird if it wouldn't show? Plus, I don't think this story would really work in the UK ... I'm especially talking about the whole Oswald storyline. Not just for the fact that we don't have the death penalty, but the whole hype around him. That's very much an American thing.

And then of course, a lot of people really mean "dumbed down" when they say "americanized". Besides the fact that there was nothing dumb about the last episode and the questions it raises ... where does the idea come from the US shows are dumb? Aren't there dumb shows produced pretty much everywhere? I can name some very dumb German and English ones ... and quite a few of the shows I consider to be really clever are US shows. Lost, Twin Peaks, Fringe, X-files (the first seasons) ...

... Sherlock: We have to wait till next year and now everyone is talking about Christmas decorations on set?! I'm confuuuuuused. Or more likely, I'm missing some bit of news.

... True Blood: So, it's the ghost season then, is it? Better than faery season, I give you that. Can we have zombie season next? Because everything is improved by a zombie attack, right?

But after spending several minutes last night discussing the right camera angle for Alcide's next undressing scene (basically - LOWER!) I'm ready to admit - nope, I'm not watching it for the plot either.