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Update! [May. 17th, 2014|11:15 pm]
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-I am DONE with exams, and consequently with my 1L year. …Wow. It went by really fast. It was also nowhere as scary as everyone said it would be.
-I still have to do the write on if I want to try and be on a journal next year. It’s a super huge hassle and everything but well…IDK. Just as might?
-I start my summer job in two weeks :( (it’s actually job-internship since we don’t get paid *rolls eyes* Whatever. Internships should be outlawed. They’re just another form of slave labor.)
-But yay! Two weeks of no class/work (other than the write on). On Monday, while my brother is in school, I’m gonna drag mom out to celebrate with cake. I already celebrated with alcohol and dancing Thursday night.
-It’s hot. I want it to be cold again. (oh, seeing as I don’t get summer vacation anymore, I guess it is safe to say that winter is my favorite season.)

Fandom/TV stuff
Game of Thrones
-This show makes me so happy! Even when I’m frustrated with it for changing stuff.
-Speaking of which, wtf was that with Asha…sorry Yara? I get that Stockholm syndrome wasn’t something they knew about back in the middle ages but dude… That was cold.
-The trial! OMG the trial with Tyrion and Shae and how sad that was. And JAIME who is trying SO hard. Obviously. It’s gonna suck so bad later…

-Not a bad finale all around. Lots of Killian! I think it was kinda obvious that Hook/Emma was gonna happen. Meh. I mean, I rooted for them at the get-go but meh. But at least they had lots of build up. Speaking of build up…
-Regina/Robin Hood had like…very little of it. They probably did better than Rumple/Bell but not by a lot. And at least Rumple/Bell made sense in the fairytale context, with Rumple being the stand in for the Beast. But Regina and Robin Hood was totally random. Not that I didn’t feel bad for Regina there…That’s a really rotten deal to get after everything.
-Oooh but so, considering we have this whole “true love” thing going on, and supposedly Tink’s fairy dust said that Regina/Robbin were a thing, this is an interesting development, because Robin/Mariam as we know, are a thing too. I actually really love the idea of the whole “A adored B but shit happened and everyone thinks B is dead and A finally moves on with C but then B turns up alive. Who does A chose?” scenario. It’s just, in the context of reality as we know it, that’s kind of hard to do.

-That was a…dramatic finale. (This show is awful, but I’ve managed to allow myself to get sucked up by it.)
-Leith or Castleroy? IDK, I mean, Castleroy is a good guy and Greer needs his money. But I do feel very bad for Leith.
-It’s gonna be creepy though if they set him up with Castleroy’s daughter.
-Also, I didn’t realize that Castleroy was THAT old. It does turn me off of the Castleroy/Greer paring. I mean…significantly older and old-enough-to-be-her-father are two different things. (I’m not a big cross-gen person *shrug*)
-Aww the Francis-Bash moment was sweet!

[User Picture]From: ars_belli
2014-05-19 08:43 am (UTC)
Was the Yara/Asha "rescue" from a later book and I didn't notice? I'm sure it was new material, like the stuff at Craster's. I suspect that the showrunners are adding filler to allow Martin some breathing space. (Although the show has diverged enough already that most readers would be willing to treat show and book as two totally different things, right? IDK with this fandom. The book readers are very...clingy.)

The trial! Eeeee! Tywin Lannister showing his exemplary fathering skills this week, considering he set up that entire trial (emotionally torturing Tyrion along the way, because why not kill two birds with one stone) just to get Jaime to leave the Kingsguard.

I'm still perplexed by the lack of Oberyn so far. I wish we had seen more of him, or some of Dorne and Myrcella's plotline, because he's too good a character to go to waste in brothel scenes.
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2014-05-19 09:04 am (UTC)
I don't believe there was a rescue like that in the book, which makes sense, since it was a stupid idea, honestly, all things considered.

I don't think we get to see much of Oberyn before he dies even in the book. I haven't seen tonight's episode, but maybe there will be some more of him before the final showdown. I doubt we'll see Marcella until next season, since we don't get her until ADWD anyway, if I remember correctly.

As for canons...it's really weird, b/c the divergences have been kinda big in places. Also, the show is popular enough on its own that it's not just a "extra treat" for the fanbase the way the Harry Potter movies are, for example. There is a distinct fraction of fandom which is specifically ONLY familiar with the show and treats it as canon. On the other hand, I feel like the differences aren't actually large enough to make these two fandoms completely separate, especially given the fanbase overlap.

Edited at 2014-05-19 09:07 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ars_belli
2014-05-19 10:54 am (UTC)
I understand why Asha ran off to rescue her brother, but I was really perplexed at the poor execution. Had they just killed all the hounds, whacked Theon on the head and carried him to the boat, it would have saved a lot of trouble. The Iron-born are supposed to be more than competent at raiding after all.

It must be really tricky trying to streamline such huge books into coherent seasons of 10 episodes each. The writers are doing pretty well with that juggling act.

Actually, that's good point about Harry Potter. Just about everyone who was the films must have been a book reader (apart from adults dragged along by their kids!) so they all would have been in the same position, fandom-wise. Whereas with GoT/ASoIaF, I get the impression that a large fraction of readers expect the show to be much more faithful to the books (and are correspondingly angry and disappointed much of the time), instead of being grateful that the show exists at all. Or maybe it's that fraction of readers who are just more vocal?
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