Critical Studies Review 1: A Game of Thrones

As part of my foundation course I have started a new blog: this is a link to my first post, my first Critical Studies review, which I chose to base on the first “A Song of Ice and Fire” book, “A Game of Thrones”. I hope you like it! I might continue to put work on both of these blogs, but I’ve worked so hard on SJ Art that I don’t want to leave it and start a fresh! Watch this space.

Sophie Johnson Art

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in the fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R.R. Martin. A Game of Thrones was first published by Bantam Books and Voyager in 1996, however it was over a decade before it gained the readership it has today, following the very successful TV adaptation, Game of Thrones, in 2011. This in turn changed the initial target audience of the book from mature readers to young adults. The work of fiction focuses on four powerful families on the continent of Westeros, and their battle to win the coveted Iron Throne. Take away the swords/ occasional incest and each house would be like any other dysfunctional family; there’s sibling rivalry, family leaders and pets (albeit dragons and direwolves).

The novel begins in Winterfell where young Brandon Stark is about to witness the beheading of a deserter of…

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