The Ultimate Game of Thrones Tag

I haven’t done a tag before but one of my favourite bloggers, the Orang-utan Librarian, sent this one my way and it looked like fun, so I decided I’d give it a go! Season 6 of Game of Thrones will be premiering very soon so this should help prepare me to  dive into Westeros again 🙂

Rules:

  1. Mention the creator Orang-utan Librarian
  2. Answer all the questions
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

So here is the Ultimate Game of Thrones Tag in three parts

Part 1: Book Questions

we do not sow

“We do not sow”- A book you would not be willing to invest in

There are plenty of books I wouldn’t invest money (or time) in just because they’re not the kind of books I’m interested in reading… but if I narrow it to books I decided to read but didn’t want to spend money on, I guess I would choose Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I bought a copy second-hand, read ten pages, then took it back to the store and sold it on to someone else to recoup my money. So I guess technically I invested in it, but I very quickly un-invested!

fire and blood

“Fire and blood”- A book that produced strong emotions in you

A lot of books have made me emotional, or even had me in tears (I listed some a few weeks ago), but I’m going to have to go with Hyperion for this one. It produced not only strong emotions but also such a wide range of them: horror, fear, sadness, despair, hope, awe… it was an emotional rollercoaster of a book.

winter is coming

“Winter is coming”- Your favourite winter read

Perhaps this is cliché, but I’m a big fan of Christmas and I adore Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. It’s the kind of book you want to curl up next to the fire with on Christmas Eve or read to children around the Christmas tree (provided you’re in the Northern Hemisphere of course!).

family duty honour

“Family. Duty. Honour.”- A book about strong family ties

The Mists of Avalon, in particular for its mother-child relationships. I wouldn’t say the families in this book are ‘close-knit’ by any stretch of the imagination, but it explored the complexities, strengths and problems of female familial relationships in a way nothing I’d read before it had.

growing strong

“Growing strong”- A book you had low expectations of but that grew on you

I’m going to say Daughter of the Forest for this one. The cover looked dated and unappealing to me but I bought the audiobook because I’d seen lots of good reviews. The start of the book was a bit slow and lacklustre, so I was thinking of giving up, but things picked up and the book got better and better. By the end I really loved it, and it turned out to be a much more complex and layered story than I was expecting.

ours is the fury

“Ours is the fury”- A book that made you furious

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I know many people love this book and I respect that, but I am not one of them. To me the whole thing felt esoteric and meaningless and when I got to the end I was angry that it hadn’t really gone anywhere, not to mention dumbfounded: I couldn’t stop asking “why is this such a popular book??” 

unbowed unbent unbroken

“Unbowed. Unbent.Unbroken.”- A book you have unwavering devotion to

I’m going to have to say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone simply because it has too much nostalgia and too many good memories attached to it for my devotion to ever waver!

hear me roar

“A Lannister always pays his debts”- A book you feel indebted to

Hmm… I feel indebted to too many books, so I’m going to cheat and list several here. Man-Eaters of Kumaon, because I cut my teeth on it as a young reader (a very weird book to read as a kid, I know, but I loved it); Obernewtyn and Harry Potter – because they were the two books that inspired an obsessive passion for reading in me as a young teenager; and Ender’s Game, because it was the first science fiction book that I adored and it opened my eyes to all the wonderful books that genre has to offer.

Part 2: Fan Theories

you win or you die

Who do you want to win Game of Thrones?

Tyrion Lannister, hands down. If “win” means “sit on and hold the throne” then perhaps that’s unlikely and he might not wish it, but I still want him to come out triumphant somehow in the end. He’s my favourite character and one of the only ones who seems to actually have a heart… and if he dies I am boycotting the rest of the series!

the climb

Who do you think will make it to the end and who do you think will die?

I really don’t know, as Martin seems to have no qualms about killing off important characters. But I think it’s likely that Tyrion, Daenerys, Bran, and Arya will make it to the end. Sansa, Jaime, Brienne and Cersei might live (I think Cersei’s too formidable and compelling of a villain to kill off soon… though perhaps at the end she’ll die). I think Rickon Stark, Littlefinger, Theon, Hodor, The Freys and Ramsay Bolton are likely to die.

Part 3: My Game of Thrones

Would you win or die?

I think I’d be the kind of character that would hole myself off somewhere where I could avoid conflict and notice until all the fighting and warring was over… so I wouldn’t win, but maybe I wouldn’t die. That said, I’m a pretty trusting person, so maybe someone would betray me and I would die anyway!

white walkers

What house are you?

I used the what house are you quiz and it turns out I’m House Stark… which I guess means I’m one of the “good guys” but my days might be numbered. Here’s what the quiz said about me:

House Stark

“The good news is, you’re a thoroughly decent human being. The bad news is, that is a very dangerous thing to be in Westeros. You are loyal, dutiful, and generally ill at ease among the toxic politics of King’s Landing. Either buckle down and learn to play the game, or get the hell out into more hospitable environments. The North may be freezing, but it also has notably less backstabbing which, bless your little heart, is not exactly your strong suit.”

I tag:

A Bibliophile’s Obsession

Magic of Books

Drunken Dragon Reviews

Leona’s Blog of Shadows

Art and Soul

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11 thoughts on “The Ultimate Game of Thrones Tag

  1. If Tyrion dies I’ll be giving up on the series too! I think there was at least one book (it’s been a while since I read them all) where Tyrion didn’t feature and it was so much worse than all the others.

    I really enjoyed Ender’s Game too. I just saw the movie for the first time this week. I thought it was ok, but I only really understood what was going on because I’d read the book.

    Thank you for tagging me! 🙂

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    • No worries! And I agree, the Ender’s Game movie was okay but only made complete sense if you read the book… Particularly the ending. I found the ending of the book so powerful whereas the movie ending was just a bit strange. Oh well, guess it was a hard one to adapt to film… Am just glad I read the book first.

      Well, let’s hope Tyrion features prominently in the next GOT season! (and stays alive!)

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  2. Aww thanks so much for your kind words! Oh yes- I couldn’t read Mrs Dalloway either :/ I am not a Virginia Woolf fan :/ I’ve not Hyperion- I will have to check it out! And I want to read Christmas Carol too! Yes Tyrion has to “win” aka get a happy ending- if he dies the show would never recover cos all us massive Tyrion fans would have a mass exodus. Him and Arya are my two favourite characters since rewatching it! I agree with most of your predictions- I just think the end is coming for Cersei- the writing’s on the wall for her- plus did you read the fifth book? It has some interesting bits about that… haha love that description of starks! Congrats on being one of the good guys… I guess?

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    • Haha yeah I think even if Martin was game enough to kill off Tyrion the TV Show producers would keep him alive to avoid the mass exodus!! I haven’t read beyond the first book (it’s the one book series where I prefer to watch the TV show instead!) so I might be missing some key info re. Cersei’s likely fate… Guess I’ll have to wait and see what happens. I certainly don’t think I’ll be shedding any tears if she comes to an early demise 🙂

      Re. Hyperion, it was awesome, but a warning that the first few pages are pretty lack-lustre and cliche sci-fi-ish so I nearly gave up on it (and friends have had the same experience) – but once it hits the first tale (the priest’s tale) it starts to get really intriguing and compelling and not cliche… So I’d suggest waiting till you get into that before deciding whether to persist. Oh and just FYI you’ll need to read The Fall of Hyperion afterwards if you want closure 🙂 (it’s kind of a duology). I’d be curious to know what you think of it if you read it!

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      • haha now that’s definitely true!
        Me too!!! I have always had a huge preference for the tv show- but I read the books cos I wanted to know what happened and I didn’t want anything to be spoilt for me (I knew Rob was gonna die for example cos of spoilers- but I didn’t know how- thankfully!) ahh I understand. There’s nothing so telling- just some hints and things and potential foreshadowing- though you never really know with Martin! I just happen to sit around analysing it to death- and my theories may be in part due to wishful thinking!
        Ahh ok, well that’s all good to know- I’ve read books before where people have told me to keep going cos it gets better- it’s always useful to know!
        Thank you so much for the recommendations! 😀

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    • Yes it’s amazing what a big part of so many people’s childhoods and teenage years (and lives in general!) it has been. I find it hard to explain to anyone who wasn’t a fan or didn’t grow up with it why I am so attached to it. I guess we are the ‘Potter generation’ 🙂

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  3. I actually really dislike A Christmas Carol 🙂 I really like Tyrion too, but Dany and Jon both have hearts, as well as Sam and Bran, at least in my opinion (and to the point I currently am up to, which is pg 809 of A Storm of Swords).

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    • True – Dany, Jon, Sam and Bran are also decent, kind-hearted characters, not to mention Sansa (though Dany is occasionally a bit brutal and heartless, perhaps out of the necessity of being a leader). I guess Tyrion stands out in my mind as a good guy because I compare him to the other Lannisters!

      And I can imagine not everyone would be thrilled by A Christmas Carol 🙂 I get nostalgic about it because I loved the Muppets version of it as a kid, so that probably influences me!

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      • Agreed! My problem with Dickens in general is that there are a lot of unnecessary words because of the way they were originally published.

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