Bye bye HBO Game of Thrones

The books, as I have said before, I like quite a lot. The author is(or his editor, or a combination thereof is) a pro at painting word pictures and making plots compelling. The literal HBO pictures, not so much. They seldom follow the books.

HBO’s costume drama is mainly scenes of gratuitous nudity and extreme violence, the two big sellers in flickers/movies/videos/what-have-you these days. Mere love and hope are also rans. It wasn’t always this way and back in those less-graphic days our society had a good many fewer mass murders. Are the two connected? That seems obvious to me.

I paid roughly $71 to watch Amazon streaming versions of the first thirty episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. It was interesting. The nudity got old, especially in these days of ubiquitous Internet porn, and the ever-more-graphic violence got depressing. When I finally reached the end of Season 3, I realized that with very few exceptions, all of the characters I was interested in were dead.

Still, like a good addict of modern media I decided to press on. Then I discovered that Amazon’s price for Season 4 was more than twice that of Seasons 1, 2 & 3. Wily marketing that. But I decided not to go on. Not worth more of the same at twice the price. Not to me. Your mileage may vary, of course.

I’m sticking with the books. I’d still recommend them.

4 responses to “Bye bye HBO Game of Thrones

  1. I quit HBO and all pay cable shows, and refuse to buy any on Amazon or other streamers, so I never got to see the rest of GOT. Don’t remember the season I saw last.

    But are you sure you aren’t just pissed because they never showed Brienne nekkid?

  2. Ms. Christie, like a lot of actresses and models these days, has posed nude from all angles. Her nekkid stills are on the Net via Google under her name. In the HBO series she was shown nude only from the rear, but it was a nice rear. I may break down and go on with the shows after I finish the second and third books. Be a while. The books have so much detail the shows haven’t used. They make the shows seem rather childish by comparison.

  3. FYI: the shows digress from the books more and more as the seasons progress.