Why do people read video game novelizations?
Why would anyone past primary school read consumerist crap with no artistic merit?
>I also read the entire eragon series by my self
Please tell me you were in middle school.
I'm not even kidding when I'm saying that it was written by some idiot teenager in conjunction with a publishing house.
I fucking don't understand why being hyped for the 50 Shades movie is allowed.
When I hear Faye Reagan finally does an anal sex I'll proclaim my hype on Facebook and I bet all the girls will think I'm a huge perv!
I'm always put off by the fact that the books are never even written by the same people who wrote the game. What's the point? Same goes for spin off comic books of movies and games. This is even more egregious when they kill off the main character in a comic, and they are never mentioned in the sequels ever again. Fuck you crytek
I'm sorry but you can't just slip ASoIaF and name of the wind I with some dogshit teen fantasy/girl books and think your faggot ass can get away with it. You'd probably slip the malazan books in there too if you were patrician enough to know about them
>tfw feel like writing
>100% sure it's gonna end up generic ass bullshit
I shouldn't feel that way, a first story ain't gonna be good probably.
Though I seem more interested in just writing lore for a world.
>I'm sorry but you can't just slip ASoIaF and name of the wind I with some dogshit teen fantasy/girl books and think your faggot ass can get away with it
But I fucking can, they're plebshit, if you can't tell what's wrong in the picture then you're part of the problem.
>You'd probably slip the malazan books in there too if you were patrician enough to know about them
I do know about them I always see people making threads on /lit/ about them and it's literally based off some guy's D&D game.
It was a literary tour de force.
Probably one of the finest pieces of literature I've read since A GAME OF THRONES by George R. R. Martin
Put it this way: if GRRM is the American Tolkein, Christie Golden is the Azerothian Tolkein
Adaptations are kind of lame.
I would read the Kingdom Hearts novels, but only to see how the author rendered the characters and what new scenes they came up with.
Other than that, the only video game novels I have interest in are novels which take place within the world, but are not stories from the game (see: Elder Scrolls, BioShock, Halo, etc.). Expanded universe type stuff.
Start writing. Is it shit? Of course it is. Find out why it's shit. Don't do that. Repeat until you produce something worth other people's time. There you go.
>Though I seem more interested in just writing lore for a world.
I know what you mean, whenever I try to write a plot I always end up thinking why are certain things that way, like the equipment, architecture and other stuff the character encounter are that way, and before I know I have 10 pages of plot and 100 of worldbuilding and lore.
Enjoy being a pleb.
Pretty much what this guy said, if you just like lore-building you can probably get away with it like Tolkien.
Do you know what genre-fiction is m8?
"Don't forget to take those pictures, Snake."
"Why? I'm just going to blow it up anyway."
"Well... just... at least use the Nikita, it has a camera on it."
"Wah wah wah whatever nerd." Snake exited the vent and saw the soldiers before him. The general was too wrapped up in his speech to notice Snake crawl up behind the first camera man.
"At... cheese!" Whispered Snake as he snapped the soldier's neck and lowered him to the ground in a one, two smooth motion. It was then that Snake noticed the viewfinder, and how it framed the assembled marines so perfectly. "Pictures? I'll give you pictures," Snake thought to himself. He snapped the neck of the second camera man then positioned the camera to get a frontal shot of Metal Gear Ray. Snake slipped down and made his way over to the computer so he could upload the program.
"Alright, I've uploaded the program," said the digitized Otacon. "Snake, what are you doing?"
"Uploading my own program," Snake replied before walking toward the assembled marines.
"Snake? What are you doing? Snake!"
A moment passed. Then Otacon heard snake's voice again. But not through his computer it, it sounded like it was coming from inside the house. Otacon paused to wonder what could be making the noise. With a shock, Otacon jumped out of his chair and ran to the living room. There was Snake, in a live feed on CNN, standing on top of a pile of dead marines, their necks snapped in every possible direction. Snake looked into the cameras and smiled, before turning to the general cowering on the platform.
They're not shit because they're popular, they're shit because they're shit but became popular.
Wilde is my favorite author.
If you want breaking the 4th wall prose look at Pynchon.
Ocelot: I first met him in the sixties! We had a duel." Ocelot Laughed. "Big Boss beat me, too, fair and square. Your daddy was quite the warrior. Do you measure up to him?
Snake: "I don't know. I didn't bring my ruler
>want to write
>could potentially put out something decent
>never do it for no reason
>killing inocent camera mens
They're really bad.
Shit prose which relies on shock factor and horrible twists>
Pretty much the only thing going for it is the world building.
Ignore plebs like these >>255226656
As soon as the two men were side by side, Snake fired. The round entered the temple of the man closest to Snake, exited, and then penetrated the second man's temple. Blood and gray matter from both soldiers spattered onto the tower wall.
Two birds with one shot.
"Snake left the room and headed back through the hall of dead soldiers to the elevator. The next step was to find Meryl. And when he found her, he didn't know if he wanted to spank her for disobeying him or kiss her if she was alive and unhurt.
Maybe he'd do both."
>Do you know what genre-fiction is m8?
Yes, it's a term used derisively by pretentious literary elitists who like to pretend their shit is better than others for arbitrary reasons.
It's worth a read if you have friends who are into it. It's like watching sports for some people: only watching it so you know what to talk about when it inevitably comes up in conversation.
Oh and I forgot to add, even though world building is the only thing going for it, it's the same with most fantasy genre-fiction so there's nothing special about it.
No it describes fiction that's based off a genre rather than incorporating it.
So a story where the only real differences between another genre-fiction story are the character's names and some of the minor events.
If you want examples look at Nabokov and
>tfw currently writing a frankenstein of Cowboy Bebop, Metal gear solid and Trigun
>I have the entirety of the plot already imagined, the characters fleshed out
>feels like a movie script
>55 pages done, aiming for a 300-400 page novel
>bro says it's good shit and he's being objective, he reads a lot
wish me luck /v/
Yeah, I've become really annoyed by lots of people I know who talk about that shit incessantly
I'm curious about it, I tried the first episode, was honestly kinda boring. I was more interested in that corny ass Once Upon A Time show that's been going on for awhile now. It's typically girl foder but the plot reminds of Kingdom Hearts tier bs....I can't stop watching
>bro says it's good shit and he's being objective, he reads a lot
If you want to be published, then make unoriginal crap that panders to women since they're the only market still buying hardcovers at 'release'. Plan on how to make it into a movie and then put in a pointless romantic triangle. Also, make the crap stretch out over at least three books.
That's how to get published in the modern world.
How about you tell me what "classics" you are referring to since I could just easily say the whole Western Canon.
Also daily reminder that Joyce invented internet culture before it was a thing
Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson. One last sample of this timeless masterpiece.
“Merry Christmas,” Snake said as he delivered two powerhouse punches, left and then right, into the guards’ faces. The soldiers plopped to the floor. “I forgot to tell you — Christmas is early this year.”
Most of the books on your list OP were written to satisfy a particular audience and they did. I doubt anyone that reads popular fiction would enjoy non-consumerised, artistic prose. You seem to be discounting the cultural phenomenon of participating in a shared experience, which would be the incentive for most people to read these books.
Not sure why this gives you permission to be a massive cunt.
Are there even "intellectual" releases coming out anymore? I'm not very deep in the literary world.
It must be really hard for new authors to make it big, seeing as middle aged women/female teenagers are the only ones who buy physical books anymore.
>I love my Everyman's.
I would watch out, their quality is starting to go down a bit, if a book is less than 400 pages then they'll only use glue, it's unfortunate.
I enjoyed it.
When I finally got to enjoy reading. I mean, that thing was like my 3rd or 4th ever book since I was a kid who was like all "lol reading!"
That said, I tried to read the fourth book and I just couldn't finish it. Not that it was bad per se, but... I dunno, it just lost it's magic to me.
>My sweet little whorish Nora I did as you told me, you dirty little girl, and pulled myself off twice when I read your letter. I am delighted to see that you do like being fucked arseways. Yes, now I can remember that night when I fucked you for so long backwards. It was the dirtiest fucking I ever gave you, darling. My prick was stuck in you for hours, fucking in and out under your upturned rump. I felt your fat sweaty buttocks under my belly and saw your flushed face and mad eyes. At every fuck I gave you your shameless tongue came bursting out through your lips and if a gave you a bigger stronger fuck than usual, fat dirty farts came spluttering out of your backside. You had an arse full of farts that night, darling, and I fucked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a lot of tiny little naughty farties ending in a long gush from your hole. It is wonderful to fuck a farting woman when every fuck drives one out of her. I think I would know Nora's fart anywhere. I think I could pick hers out in a roomful of farting women. It is a rather girlish noise not like the wet windy fart which I imagine fat wives have. It is sudden and dry and dirty like what a bold girl would let off in fun in a school dormitory at night. I hope Nora will let off no end of her farts in my face so that I may know their smell also.
>Lord of the Flies
It'd probably just be Walking Dead esque but I could see a Don't Starve situation working
Obviously would need a good dev
Just the top of my head
lord of the rings could be any genre and great
but we only got a good rts and hack&slash
books have to be around for about 30-50 years and then have someone define them as a classic before they are considered a classic and a work of literary fiction as opposed to just being a genre fiction book
Yeah, most of these are terrible. Hunger games had great promise but didn't fly. Eragon lost it's magic for me and-
>Name of the Wind
No, fuck you! You've got shit taste you pleb.
People say there's no good literature anymore but that there's proof positive literature was never good.
>tfw you can just like classics and repeat things people said about them in the past and appear intelligent
its the only way i get pussy
>The Hunger Games
It's not the novel or movie that's the problem. It's the idiots that don't understand it. Take MGS2 for example. A lot of people just don't understand the plot. So they hate the game. Too much stuff about political conspiracies when most people can't even name who the vice president currently is, as the old joke goes.
Dumb people just be not understandin shit
Terry Pratchett's condition is worsening every day and he barely writes anymore. I'm going to have nothing to read.... I am the saddest panda.
one of the first series of books i ever read when i was younger, got me through some long ass drives
>“Why did I join the force? I repeat, - Oh I'd have to say that it was due to police oppression. I'd witnessed it within my own community and decided that it was something I wanted to be part of, I smile.”
>the importance and psychological effects of a jug of milk in the Transformers film novelization
Please tell me more Anon. This might be a great revelation for us all.
He's getting the distinction wrong, genre-fiction is defined by the genre, literary fiction can merely use the genres.
For you tards on /v/ to understand genrefiction is like the modern military shooter, almost every single one is the same bar a few details.
Can you really not tell by that?
40K Book Master Race
Cleaned up a lot of awkward movie dialogue like that whole Anakin/Padme insane exchange.
Anakin Skywalker: You are so... beautiful.
Padmé: It's only because I'm so in love.
Anakin Skywalker: No, it's because I'm so in love with you.
Padmé: So love has blinded you?
I mean what the fuck is that?
Made Anakin's fall a lot more believable. The characterization for the characters is much better. Greivous and Dooku aren't neutered like the movie's fights have them be.
>She was a really big critic of him later on, though.
Well no shit. He was neurotic, drank too much, wasted money, and wrote senseless shit no one wanted to read let alone publish, and was a poor influence on their family together and refused the idea of allowing his daughter to go into a mental house. Joyce fucking sucked.
He wrote some good books, though.
Oh so you're not a troll, just a fucking pleb that likes badly written shit with immature themes.
>For reasons you seemingly don't comprehend.
It's badly written and relies on shock factor.
>Anyone comparing aGoT to Twilight on /lit/ would've been made a fool of.
This list was made on /lit/ you fucking retard.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in a LA noire style
To bad the main character has sex with everybody in the story for no reason
>scifi constantly questions human condition, what is life, who are we, how we define ourselves and actions on the universe around us
>shit compared to ancient mythos, pretentious novels about people hating each other and other works deemed "classic" by pretentious people hating each other
this is why I hate litfags
You know a Mistborn game is already in the works, right?
If I wanted a dystopian novel I would read Orwell or hell, even London.
>>scifi constantly questions human condition, what is life, who are we, how we define ourselves and actions on the universe around us
Except a majority "ask" the same question.
>shit compared to ancient mythos, pretentious novels about people hating each other and other works deemed "classic" by pretentious people hating each other
Oh so you're a pleb.
I read them if I like the story of the game. I don't like the warcraft and starcraft books because generally they are the story for the games and change things from the games, and that pisses me off. So basically when they use novels to retcon everything (blizzard)
I do enjoy some Warhammer books, like the witch hunter trilogy. I like ones that fit with the lore of the world, like if they describe something, I know what that is.
But most of the time they are meh, I call them shitter books, cause you read them while on the toilet, like halo books, gears of war, etc.
I don't get it, I read every single piece of ASoIaF thing out there.
I loved it and now I'm clamoring for something else. I tried reading Gravity's Rainbow and not for the life of me could I enjoy it. It felt like a chore and I couldn't get more than 10 pages in wthout feeling fucking bored.
I guess I'm just a pleb.
>start thinking of something else
>finally come back
>realize you've glossed over an entire page with no idea what you just read
Here's the dirty little secret about most books that most English professors don't want you to know:
It's all absolute bullshit.
People assign meaning to the texts and those interpretations are passed on for generations. Then 'study' just becomes the practice of either supporting those ideas or trying to make new interpretation. Post-modernism has made pretty much everything valid from tv shows to webcomics as 'works of literature'.
No joke: people were actually arguing Homestuck in thesis papers for one of my courses just before graduating college. I weep for the future of education.
Except, you know, people who weren't in middle school when it was released, or people that didn't read shit-tier fantasy like some faggoty nerd while they were in middle school.
Are B.V. Larson's Star Force series young adult books?
I remember hearing something about this where a college professor asked a author to come in an explain his book, and while the professor said some type of bullshit about how "blue means sadness " the author just said "no its because I just wanted it to be that color"
The first Halo book is actually a nice supplement for the game if you're a fan. It's basically a big lore dump, about how Spartans are made and shit. Not terrible/10 would recommend.
Isn't this that whole "death of the author" thing in play? The thing where no one listens to what the author's intentions and meanings are in the story, and just make up their own interpretations?
>>/lit/ will consider it pleb garbage no matter how good or shitty it turns out
This is true but seeing as how you describe it as a Wild West novel and not a novel that takes place in the Wild West then it will probably be genre-fiction shit.
>randomly get stuck on a sentence
>brain doesn't comprehend it
>literally the words are entering my brain without their meaning
>read it 7 times before it starts making sense
who retard here
>relies on shock factor
Have you actually read the books? You sound like a showfag who goes to /lit/ to circlejer around 3-4 flawed parapgraphs just to prove yourselves better than the mainstream. ASOIAF relies on character, not shock factor. The characters build and drive the story.
I try to get the more I can out of the books I read as well with some other pieces of entertainment. I am not trying to say I am a patrician either since it's pointless, but I try to avoid best sellers such as the ones on the OP and try to get into books out of what interests me.
Needles to say books changed my life in a good way, or at least it feels that way to me at least.
I like it, but it's not my favorite of his. Apparently a lot of people who don't like his work, like the Dark Tower series, and those that do like his work, don't like it as much.
I for one liked it when I read it years ago. I like most of his stuff though. My favorite is still IT, but I like his short stories as well.
The first four are King at his best, but the latter three are not. 'but it's King,' is idiotic, as King is a proven writer capable of exploring the large canvas and the small; he's prolific, thus open to more mistakes, which he has made profusely. He has written many other note-worthy books, though I'd say only a few of those are simultaneously his pop-culture successes.
I read all of them, and I don't see the hype. I guess it's just baby's first book, like harry potter was before it. I never did finish Harry Potter, I bought a hardcover set of all the books for cheap, I'll re-read the first ones and then the rest again someday.
It's a first draft and you'll probably think it's garbage, but ok.
Viktor stared through his unmarred sunglasses down at a device of his own making, a crude wooden box fixed to a pistol grip and festooned with a variety of dials and brass fittings. He'd preferred the device's old housing, but the people of this nation had an infuriating tendency to react poorly to a man holding a human skull, no matter how many scientific instruments it was ladened with, particularly back east. He'd made his way west in the hopes of escaping such superstition and ignorance, and had so far remained largely unmolested, but then again, he'd spent several weeks on an unwanted quest that started as soon as he arrived. He wound a key on the side of his instrument, taken from a desktop clock, and fiddled with a lever on the opposite side to reposition the iron rods that stuck out of its front end. They slowly converged, narrowing into a slender V shape which he swept across the simple wooden buildings of the boom town, muttering curses to himself in German all the while.
He gestured towards his dead mules, infusing a bit of will into the motion to correct their course and keep them moving down the street as it split into a simple crossroads. He pushed his shades back up his pointed nose, the better to cover his beady eyes with. He rubbed his hand across several days' worth of beard growth before letting it fall down to the device once more. He was badly in need of a shave and a shower. And a new wardrobe. And a new stagecoach. And a personal laboratory. And relief from hundreds of dollars of educational debt. And access to a fresh supply of well-preserved cadavers with paperwork filled out in triplicate indicating their prior owners had no objections to being used for research purposes. And some bratwurst and doppelbock, while he was wishing for things he'd never get out here.
be gentle anon
read greek plays, read old chivarly genre books from the late medieval and reinisance period, read war and post war novels emphisising how bad war is, read novels about rich people with first world problems
and you to could be a pretentious cunt
If you don't read and only play video games, imagine if someone made a game that's like CoD instead of making a game that incidentally has a modern military theme.
Don't listen to this guy >>255233045
No but it is pretty shit
>everyone in AP high school lit loved the Great Gatsby
>many of the same people would always see Jesus in passages regarding anything resembling a sacrifice, or anything that could be taken to be remotely spiritual
I don't think you know what genre-fiction means.
Imagine if I wrote a book with you're stereotypical elves and hardy dwarfs where the protag had to fetch X and take it to Y and destroy Z, vs me writing a book that just incidentally has a fantasy setting.
It's a genre if it defines the whole book. Which it does.
It's a theme in something like Lord of the Flies, though even that is so close to just being yet another "muh war" book.
>tfw can't read anything but fantasy
I know how pleb I am, but I can't branch out. Nothing else interests me. Hell, most fantasy doesn't interest me and there are only a few series that I keep up with.
So a book with a fantasy setting is not a fantasy book because of its setting..?
But sci-fi and fantasy books can also deal with themes. Genres and themes are not mutually exclusive.
neither did hitler, and ender also attempted to wipe out an entire race of people because he thought they were a threat to his. Ender's life also mirrors hitlers in many aspects and dates of events
Read books that are lauded as being classics of world literature. Don't fret over their daunting size or the supposed pile-up of symbolism and nuance once is reportedly demanded to note if they are to truly enjoy the book; go into them with the same curiosity you would venture into any other literary work. Read the opening lines. Feel out the characters and pace. Enjoy what is being given to you and read at your own pace. Anyone who argues otherwise is a faggot. Moby-Dick, Brothers Karamazov, War and Peace, Les Miserables, The Odyssey, and other grand tomes of world literature are fun books. They also happen to be intelligent. Pick them up and enjoy what you find therein; or don't, pick up something else, and enjoy that, too. Life is bigger than literature and anyone who claims a well-stocked bookshelf is necessary to enjoying it is an idiot ensconced too deeply within his own illusions to step outside of his own home. Reading is supplementary to a good life, not imperative.
>o a book with a fantasy setting is not a fantasy book because of its setting..?
No, it's still fantasy, but a genre-fiction book would base itself around the fantasy stereotypes rather than just using it as a setting.
>break between classes
>pull out book
>qt girl comes up to me and asks what i'm reading
>"c-count of monte christo"
>LOL what a try hard kill you're self
yeah, i dont think so
yes, guy arguing with me is a pretentious faggot arguing about how his lit taste is better on a board for video games
what /lit/ throw you out and now you have to feel big by telling the 2nd most retarded board the books we like are bad because you say so?
Did you read the book? Ender had no idea he was wiping out an entire race. He thought the entire thing was just a game, and the only reason he even blew up the Buggers' home planet was because he wanted to be done with the simulation, and believed that just shooting at the planet would be cheating and he'd be able to go home.
Also, he's absolutely devastated when he finds out he just annihilated an entire race, and tries to make amends when he finds the surviving hive queen.
>A song of ice and fire
This is a typical example "It got famous, so it's shit now"
Even though i have to admit that A feast for crows was pretty shit. Haven't bothered wits A dance with dragons yet.
Genre fiction can still be a great read.
I can't get enough of this guy. I've read all he's written and I always want more.
Fucking love me some space opera.
I love the series, but GRRM is hit or miss with dialogue, spends more time describing food than settings or people, does a pretty good job at writing the history, and his characters are also hit or miss. Also it's probably the third most popular fantasy series after LotR and Harry Potter.
It's more of a case of "The author has no idea what to do with his story" so it's shit now. This point just happened to coincide with a TV serialization of it. Probably because of the 5? year gap between releases.
Check out the /lit/ critique threads
It's horribly written and mostly relies on twists for character development.
Because saying genre-fiction is faster than saying "stereotypical, paint by numbers stories".
It's not because you know how your story end that you know what you want to write to get there.
Hell I've had a solid framework for a story for years, but there's quite a few parts that I have no idea how to fill.
Thanks for the feedback.
I might, but as a rule I don't like to show other people my first drafts and this is why. I've looked back over my first chapter and I think it's garbage, so I just picked a pair of paragraphs at random and cleaned them up a bit for that anon.
It's nice to get some actual feedback other than "I like it" or "it's shit."
Hey OP you fucking retard, guess what came before video games? Novels.
Want to take a guess at what video games have done to books?
The vidya version of novelization.
>do you think before you create threads op?
Yeah but then I would have to say "cookie-cutter fiction" while genre-fiction just rolls off the tongue, same with "generic fiction".
If the end result isn't, then yeah it isn't, but novice authors usually fall into the genre-fiction trap.
>The vidya version of novelization.
Oh boy you're a fucking retard.
That entire image is a comedic setup for the placement of Game of Thrones at the end.
This isn't even a "troll" image, it's just a flat out joke. Come on /v/ step it up. You can recognize a joke, can't you?
Judging by this thread, I'm going to assume it's filled with pretentious college students who record everything their english professors tell them in hopes they'll understand.
If you go to /lit/ you'll find a shitload of threads that paint the inhabitants of that board as a bunch of insecure faggots obsessed with how others perceive them. Being seen as intelligent is vital to their self-image, and as a result they're constantly asking one another about philosophy and looking down their nose at people who read, well, anything on the NYT bestseller list.
>I only read enlightened books for enlightened individuals such as myself.
maybe if he fessed up to his crimes and had a revalation about how terrible humanity is and how he is only a symptom of the greater disease of greed
something like that might fly, this still sounds like an excuse for pirate adventure on the high seas
I went there once. I regretted it immediately. These are my exact experiences with the board. Pseudo-intellectuals just spewing shit about anything that isn't "high art."
The notion that someone can read for fun and not analyze it to death is foreign to them. Hell, I think a lot about books I read, but I don't spend my whole life on it.
Also you can't talk about sci-fi because it's plebshit.
I would kill for an unscripted yonkers
It's about a guy documenting all the shit he's had to endure in life. I'm thinking of ending it with a half finished page with the implication he just said fuck it and stopped writing to do something else.
Has anyone read this? I guess I'm just dumb, but I have no idea what the fuck is going on.
There could be a flashback scenes from his PTSD, which are mindlessly violent and surreal. It is a view into the mind of a ill and guilty man to build his character and past, and not just some mindless swashbuckling adventures.
>a first person narrative of a guy documenting something in a first person narrative
>I relate to the common man, not some filthy intellectual
Probably because the latter is pretentious over a fucking toy.
That's the joke.
>The notion that someone can read for fun and not analyze it to death is foreign to them.
They aren't mutually exclusive.
no man you need to go a step further, have it be a first person naritive of a man reading a first person naritive of a man documenting something in a first person naritive
A smart decision, but we can still hope.
I think Stormlight Archives would be a good fit too. Warbreaker and Elantris would be hard to pull off their magic system though. (Though Warbreaker would be coo if they could somehow pull it off. Like ultima 7, but instead of just interacting with nearly everything, you could bring them to life. Finding a way to implement Breath as a resource would be a pain though.
Been there, but I was also looking for one that had a sizable writer's population. Sffworld isn't bad, but I feel it never felt it was quite what I was looking for.
Been then again I haven't been there in forever.
They'll be at fitting moments. Like, a guy gets guillotined for something. Then he remembers the time he decapitated someone. Or he sees the cops shoot at a thief running down the street, and he remembers the time the navy shot a bunch of his buddies while escaping with some loot.
>You can change the strategy and position all you want
>But you're always scripted to lose because you underestimated the enemy
I would love to play as the Japanese NEET that almost kills himself. That chapter was fucking hilarious.
ASOIAF is a decent series praised by critics far more knowledgeable about literature than the average /lit/ poster. Also, to shame people for their readings is short-sighted and only serves to hurt the medium. A series like ASOIAF can be the perfect stepping stone for entering a world of fantasy, history and politics.