April 23rd, 2011

asoiaf

So like. Game of Thrones, right. [/late]

Took me a while to finish this because I kept degenerating into capslock and general angryfacing incoherence. I am still angryfacing, but now with more coherence! I think.

Disclaimer: I do not think there is anything inherently wrong with enjoying something that is problematic with respect to social issues. I like a lot of stuff that I know is awful (I like it for reasons other than the awfulness, obviously). I don't presume to judge people who like stuff that I find too awful to enjoy (unless it's the very problematicness that they enjoy -- i.e. if you enjoy a racist show because of the racism, I think you're a fucking asshole). My point is basically that being a fan doesn't necessarily mean you passionately love and support every aspect of a thing without exception forever and ever amen. So I think judging people based solely on their entertainment choices is fucking ridiculous, and this is not a "if you like this series, you fail" kind of rant.

People are claiming the GoT show is somehow ~more racist, misogynistic, ableist, and homophobic than the books. NO IT ISN'T! It's exactly as racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and ableist as the fucking books; the visual medium just makes the problems much more obvious.

ASOIAF has always been a seriously socially problematic series*! News at eleven.

But.

I've seen so many people be all, oh, I can't believe they made the Drogo/Dany scene spoilers (for ASOIAF in general) and rape trigger warningCollapse )

(That statement is not up for debate here. This is my rant what I wrote, not a book club essay -- as I said at the start, it's no skin off my nose if you like something problematic. I enjoy ASOIAF despite its many failings.)
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