Welcome to the twenty-third episode of the Tea in the Treetops podcast hosted by Philippa and Angelya.
In this episode we welcome our first special guest – our friend Zara! We chat about the Game of Thrones TV series and the Song of Ice and Fire book series, plus some other bits and pieces about TV series. We remember Sir Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series, and talk about what we’ve been reading. This episode was recorded on March 29th, 2015.
A warning: In this episode we are discussing more mature subject material so it is recommended for a mature audience.
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Discussion Topic: Sir Terry Pratchett
Very sad to report that Terry Pratchett passed away March 12 at the age of 66. Much love for his Discworld series.
Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey! The results are at the end of this post.
Warning: There are spoilers for Season 4 and earlier seasons of the TV show, but not for A Dance with Dragons!
A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin was published in July 2011.
Season 5 premieres on HBO on April 12 2015.
Here’s the trailer for Season 5:
Book series we think would make great TV shows:
- Gentleman Bastard series (Lies of Locke Lamora) by Scott Lynch
- The Troy Game quartet by Sara Douglas
- His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
- (for kids) The Faraway Tree books by Enid Blyton
- (for kids) Tashi series by Anna Fienberg and Barbara Fienberg
Other Books Mentioned
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
The Third Twin by CJ Omolulu
The Memory Key by Liana Liu
A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride
Material Girls by Elaine Dimpoulous
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George RR Martin
Aurora: Pegasus (Aurora #2) by Amanda Bridgeman
Titan Comics Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor graphic novel: Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis
Avery by Charlotte McConaghy
Half the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercrombie
1. Have you watched the TV series Game of Thrones?
Yes, all: 32 (76%)
Yes, some: 10 (24%)
2. Have you read the books?
Yes, all 5: 18 (43%)
Yes, some: 10 (24%)
No: 14 (33%)
3. In your opinion, is the series (books or tv series) too violent?
Yes: 5 (13%)
No: 33 (87%)
- It suits the story for the most part. There cannot be war without violence. There also has to be violence within politics as well. It is something you can’t get away from in that time.
- Have you seen what happens in every life? Random people stabbed to death in the street. I like that Marin keeps his readers/watchers on their toes – no one is safe. He doesn’t coddle any one character.
- It fits the storyline. Yes, it is graphic but not necessarily gratuitous.
- I think they made the TV show more violent for the shock factor.
- It’s violent… but it wouldn’t be the same without it. The violence makes it realistic.
4. In your opinion, does the series (books or TV series) have too much sex and/or gratuitous nudity?
Yes: 14 (36%)
No: 25 (64%)
- Book nudity/sex didn’t bother me. I was surprised to see so much sex and nudity on the TV show though.
- It does for my taste, but I am not offended by it. It also goes with the time period it is set in.
- The male/female nudity ratio is way out of whack. We don’t get to see half as much dick as we do fannies.
- I mean it’s okay either way, but if it doesn’t really add to the story
5. Who is/are your favourite character/s (dead or alive)?
6. Who do you love to hate the most?
7. For book readers, how do you rate the on-screen production of the story? Is it faithful? Too different?
- I read the books so long ago I don’t catch enough errors or changes (Jamie/Cersei rape scene REALLY bothered me though)
- Too soap opera ish
- Very good, considering the vast amount of content needed to be covered
- Faithful to a point. I don’t like most of the changes they’ve made, but they aren’t BAD changes.
8. Which character are you looking forward to hearing about in Season 5 and/or book 6?