Jun 6, 2014 at 23:05:13
“So 1.You're attempting to compare science fiction to fantasy fiction now? This is a fantasy series, not SciFi.
2. Telling an the author how HE should write HIS books based off of how YOU would have written them? Because you didn't. It's his world he will do as he so chooses - something that someone who claims to be a writer would understand and not judge or attempt to change.
3. Clearly in Martin's GoT world, "science" is not even close to the advanced levels you apparently expect it to be held to. Which common sense would tell you given that if they had the ability to understand genetic mutations they would have a much more civilized system from living conditions, transportation and weapons as well. You argue that it "parallel's" our own world - well in a sense yes, but it would have been more closely related to our middle ages and not the world of today. I suggest you put down the SciFi and books about the possible future and pick up a history book before jumping to further conclusions about what is "realistic" and what isn't.
Oh, and once again IT'S FICTION so Martin can do whatever he pleases in the world he created.”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 8, 2014 at 16:13:19
“1st0 you are correct, but I wasn't trying to challenge how martin writes his books anyways, I love the man and he can do whatever he wants in the fictional universe he created.....was never trying to dispute or challenge his creation, don't know why you brought it up. 2nd) "The genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy overlap and interpenetrate quite a bit. All literary genres are impure to begin with (meaning they cannot be mutually exclusive), each partaking of diverse formal modalities, but fantasy and science fiction are especially intertwined because they have a common origin in literature," so if you think you have created or found a mathematical system that can accurately quantify the various discrepancies that may exist between each literary genre please tell me or add a link; otherwise, you declaring this fictional realm as a fantasy fiction doesn't exclude it from also having several science fiction elements which can be seen throughout Martin's amazing creation, this should be blatantly obvious though. Jars of wildfire, for example, would be seen as magic to the untrained mind(I'm sure wildlings would think of it as magic), when in fact wildfire is the crowning achievement of much study and scientific experimentation conducted by the Pyromancers throughout the centuries. Crossbows, another product of science and engineering, came out of routine tinkering and experimentation. Faceless men/women change their face with a variety of techniques, cosmetic surgery and alchemy....all explained by science. Science helps to diffuses disbelief, sorry I like to celebrate detail!”
Jun 2, 2014 at 20:47:45
“Very few will disagree that what transpired in last nights episode was violent, explicit, nauseating *insert whatever word you want to describe it here* and I suppose for those who haven't read the books that it is. But over 4 1/2 seasons in, if you haven't figured out that that is the nature of the show, then you obviously have not been paying attention. I stand by my original point that if you want sugar plumbs, fairies and happily ever afters then you should be watching ABC and not HBO.”
pepimartinez on Jun 3, 2014 at 09:22:01
“And I stand by mine. The show's placement on HBO allows for accurate representation of the books for more than nudity and violence (nature of story-lines, language, etc), but to me, things are clearly kept to create buzz and conversation when the violence and gruesome nature of their world can be displayed without being as explicitly graphic.”
Loren Schmidt on Jun 3, 2014 at 00:42:46
“Martin has stated that his time writing for network television (Beauty and the Beast, New Twilight Zone) was one "inspiration" for ASOIAF because he got tired of being told (1) you can't do that on television, (2) the Beast can't kill people or gouge their eyes out--he can just throw them across the room and they run away, miraculously unscathed, and (3) you can have Stonehenge OR horses, not both (budgets). So he wrote something that he thought would never be television-suitable or filmable. Naturally, now it is on HBO . . .”
Jun 2, 2014 at 20:41:27
“Yes... Because Daenerys could have TOTALLY survived the fire, Beric Dondarrion can come back from the dead any time he pleases with a little help from "science" as can anyone who dies in the north that doesn't have their body burned, Drogo... I wouldn't exactly call his resurrection "science" either.... Oh, and incase you failed to notice there are dragons in the show too. That's the beauty of fiction.”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 6, 2014 at 00:56:00
“Have you read any Arthur C. Clarke? Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Don't just respond to my comment, think about what Clarke discovered in this statement, what it truly means. Magic is science we haven't figured out yet, which means with enough effort it could be explained and categorically understood, but I don't want to make Mr. Martin work any harder than he already is on this absolutely stunning realm. Also, it's partially suggested that any character could survive a walk through fire if they are "true dragons" with dragons blood like Daenerys, so something about her blood allows her flesh to resist extreme forms of plasma. Just something to think about. Nothing is impossible, science and President Kennedy taught me that.”
Jun 2, 2014 at 16:57:51
“I think it's been made quite obvious from the comments that it is how it happens in the books. To portray it differently would not only be insulting to the author, but to the fans of the books. There is a reason this show is on HBO and not on ABC.
Also, if you don't like the show and don't watch it then why are you wasting your time reading the recap and posting in the comments feed?”
pepimartinez on Jun 2, 2014 at 17:07:37
“Just giving my perspective. The comments section is for conversation, no?
To add to that conversation (hense, the comment) I disagree that portraying the violence written of in the series in nothing short of explicit and in last nights example nauseating detail would be insulting. I feel there's a difference between depicting the violence and depicting the violence to create conversation.”
Jun 2, 2014 at 16:30:05
“You are aware that this world is fiction right?”
Aja Hannuman on Jun 2, 2014 at 17:28:32
“All the previous deaths could be backed up by science as well (except for maybe when Hodor killed Lock, no one can break a neck like that), that's what makes this fantastical realm so believable, I don't want them getting away from that with people who can crush skulls with their hands, what's next..... he's going to wield a ship mast as a weapon and be like the HULK jumping over buildings? I like my physics to stay real in realms like this, it makes it more believable.”
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“I really don't see how this is any different, or in some cases, "offensive" to people than the videos or photos that the Anti-Choice movement uses. While peoples views are going to be peoples views on the issue in and of itself, at least this video shows that the procedure is taking place in a safe and clean/sterile women's health clinic by professionals and not some back alley. Which is what will be happening (if not already) in the states that have been h*ll bent on shutting down women's health clinics by requiring hospital privileges.”
Ramona Jackson on May 7, 2014 at 15:41:53
“Agreed. They go through medical waste containers and show stillborn infants, claiming they're aborted fetuses (a lie) to play on the emotions of viewers and raise money. A mentally unbalanced girl sent me dozens of links to these and I saw some of them. They're old and they're faked, it was obvious.”
“While I completely agree, a term limit in the court can be tricky given that some cases drag out for years. What happens when if case/trial is slowed because of the legal process and all the other garbage that causes delays and the judge's term limit ends in the middle of the trial? What do you do? Start from square one with a new trial with a new judge? Nothing would ever be accomplished. Speed the legal process? That will never happen. Allow the residing judge to see through any cases that may overrun their term? This seems the most logical but again not likely to happen.”
“Hence the reason I stated "a little variation" I completely get the fact that they can't translate everything they show on television exactly the way it is written. However I DO NOT WANT any hints to the future books, I want the future books. As someone who has read the books multiple times, HBO and the internet blow-up was not what spoiled the Nights King, it was the fact that I HAVE READ THE BOOKS and the only mention of the Nights King has been a small reference from the tales Nan used to tell to the stark kids - hence my statement of "possible spoilers" - which IMO, is what was shown. I just hope they don't take it further.”
“As a fan of books and the show, I don't mind a little variation. What I do dislike is the possible spoilers on things that have not happened in the books yet! There is plenty of content in the first five books that there is absolutely no reason to even hint at things that have yet to be published in the books.”
harlow8150 on May 2, 2014 at 14:54:28
“Heather, if that was the case they would follow the books to a T. A good TV show throws hints into the future. If not, then you are going from story to the next the show would seem choppy. This keeps everything together. I mean they have shown people on the kings road running into Sparrows going to Kings Landing, that is a hint to the future. Besides, this is probably the first hint to the future books and be honest when you watched that last scene with the walkers you wouldn't have thought it was the Night's King if HBO didn't screw up and there was a huge blow-up about it on the internet.”
“The how much you eat is easy to answer, in order to lose weight you need to consistently burn more calories than you take in. So if you are regularly consuming 3000 calories a day but only burning 2000 you will gain weight not lose it. The first step is to get a fundamental understanding of how many calories you take in on average in order to determine if you are overeating. **A helpful site with weight management and food tracking is www.sparkpeople.com ** Figuring out what you're eating vs. what you should be eating makes your next question a little easier to answer.
The second par depends on where you live and what resources you have available. Speaking as an "average person" I buy lots of fresh produce and cook it myself. I do my best to avoid things that are highly processed (cookies for example- why buy them when you can make them?) Pastas and breads, I go with whole wheat.... I also have no problem with buying generic. Lots of little things can add up and make a difference. From the "organic" standpoint my general rule is that if I can afford it in my monthly grocery budget, I'll go organic, if not so be it. Produce that is in season is cheaper as well. The same is with meat/seafood.”
“And this is why we can't have a rational conversation about gun laws in this country...”
franz sanchez on Apr 25, 2014 at 19:31:12
“This is why we cannot have a rational discussion about gun laws. You have these guns rights people that are even against expanded background checks. We cannot have expanded background checks because you are making harder for those law abiding citizens to get a gun. Those background checks don't effect criminals because those criminals will never submit to a background check. Those criminals will never obey any of those gun laws.
We all know those background checks could lead to less gun violence. People have mentioned that those criminals would have to find a person they could trust and who isn't an undercover cop.What they are saying makes them sound simple minded. I guess we should just assume those background checks won't stop those criminals from obtaining a gun.
These people like to believe their is no gun show loophole. They really think all gun sales at gun shows go through a background check. You talk about the gun show loophole and they probably won't believe you. There is no such thing as 40% of gun sales that don't go through a background check. That statistic is 20 years old so how can it even be accurate?”
“Just like any other political figure, his website is more than likely being funded by campaign/donation dollars not tax dollars. So he is free to say what he likes. Once an individual has a government position it is not hard to get a .gov domain through the GSA (an independent agency of the federal government) if you meet their requirements - mostly working for a government agency, but the government does not pay for the domain, hosting or maintenance of the site - that is out of pocket and typically from campaign funds. For example it's why Hilary Clinton's official website isn't a .gov.”