Dear Game of Thrones S6 E10,

SPOILERS. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE WHOLE OF SEASON 6.

Binawi mo ‘yung buong season. I was about to give up on this series and write it off as just another fantasy show, considering so many things happening that were predictable (e.g. Jon Snow being brought back by the Red Lady, the Sand Snakes turning out to be lamesauce, Roose Bolton being killed by Ramsay, Dany killing all the Khals and getting back to Mereen just in the nick of time, etc.) and somewhat typical of other TV shows/fantasy stories, but I know now, they were all just setups for you.

And what a payoff you gave. I was holding my breath the entire time and even now as I type this.

In the future, I guess, I wouldn’t really mind another ho-hum 9 episodes before an Episode 10 as amazing as you, I mean, I understand budget constraints and all that, but how about, at least make half the season as great?

Anyway, as always, major changes to the “game” after this season. And here I thought I was finally free of having to be frustrated because it will be another year before Season 7 comes out. Who was I kidding? Now I feel embarrassed I ever doubted GRRM and D&D.

Somewhat related: I also didn’t find Book 6 of the Harry Potter series as good as the others, so maybe there is just something about this point in any epic.

Elf and Snow

Right. I’m calling it.

Kit Harington is the new Orlando Bloom.

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Not that Orlando Bloom is old news. I still enjoyed seeing him in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. But the magic of Legolas was so 13 years ago, and he’s a dad now and stuff so I’m sure he’s got more important things to do. Kit Harington on the other hand, is relatively, just starting out. Hence, he can be my new obsession. 😀

You can’t ignore the similarities between them. They both became famous because of a fantasy series–The Lord of the Rings for Orlando Bloom, Game of Thrones for Kit Harington. And they’re arguably the two best fantasy series that exist (so far). And they play somewhat similar characters, both kind of quiet and brooding, despite one being an elf that has white hair and many white clothes and the other wearing all black clothes and using black weapons and stuff.

In real life, they’re both English, they both have dark curly hair, and… Well those are really all the similarities you need to be compared to each other.

Although it actually wasn’t LOTR and GoT that made me think of their similarities. I just watched Pompeii, where Kit Harington plays Milo. And I think because it’s a period piece, I was reminded of Orlando Bloom’s Paris in Troy. I know, their stories are very different. Troy’s scale is more grand and Pompeii is half a disaster movie. But I think you get my point.

Or if you don’t, that’s okay. Here is a picture of Kit Harington in Pompeii:

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That’s what matters. 😉

Now, after posting that photo, I realize that anything else I say may be deemed irrelevant, but anyway… I hope Kit Harington makes a movie like Elizabethtown in the future. I know that movie got bad reviews but it was one of the few movies where we got to see Orlando Bloom as a normal person (and not as an elf or a pirate or whatnot) and I really liked that experience. Here’s a screenshot so you know what I’m talking about:

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Interesting note: Orlando Bloom was 27 when the movie Troy came out, and Kit Harington is 27 this year that Pompeii is out. Coincidence? I think not!

Hence, I feel like this quote (from another fantasy series) encapsulates the whole point of this blog entry about Kit Harington of today and Orlando Bloom of 10 years ago:

It… feels like it did before.” – Sirius Black

And I don’t even care that Sirius Black was actually talking about how there was going to be a second wizarding war.

Life Updates (AKA Books and TV Shows Updates)

I have some kind of free time so I thought I’d write something here.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is proving to be one of the most, if not the most difficult book I’ve ever read. I started reading it in February but have only read up to 68.2% of it. And here I thought I would be able to read 20 books this year. Pffft. Why am I such a slow reader? And I got copies of so many books I’ve always wanted to read, too.

For example, I got 2 books from Audible — World War Z and The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian. I’ve started listening to World War Z but I’m finding it harder and harder to understand. I think audio books don’t really work well for me. The problem is that audio books sound too much like background noise sometimes that I forget they’re not like songs on the radio that you can enjoy even if you’re just hearing them and not really listening.

I’m also trying to read the entire Harry Potter series again. I’m up to the 4th book now (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) but I haven’t made it past the Quidditch World Cup part yet. I read it when I’m too tired to understand The Fountainhead so I’m not really making any progress.

I think it’s because I’ve gotten distracted, yet again, by TV.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. y’all! Have any of you seen it? I’ve seen all the episodes that are out so far and I’m so far liking it. I’ve been reading mixed reviews of it on the Internet though I guess everything has mixed reviews on the Internet. Though they mostly say the same thing: Coulson good, everything else bad. I think perhaps some people just have different expectations. The most baffling to me are the people who “hate” it because of the “cheesy dialogue”. Really? I don’t think it has cheesy dialogue at all. I mean, if you watched any of the Transformers movie, you’d know what cheesy dialogue is, and the dialogue in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is most definitely not that. I think maybe some people just don’t understand the humor and the language of Joss (or Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen in this case, though I think they took their cues from him). But I for one, am having a great time with this show. I don’t even mind that the characters are sort of generic. I think, like most of Joss’ shows, this series needs time to grow on you (if you’re not already a Whedon fan). I mean, I didn’t like Firefly the first time I watched it but the second time I watched each of the 14 episodes, I could think of nothing else but watching all of them again for a 3rd and 4th time. And I’ll admit that the 1st season of Buffy isn’t that great, but the 2nd to 5th seasons were nothing short of amazing (particularly the 4th). And the 6th and 7th seasons weren’t bad either.

Also, I’m kind of happy that the shows I’m watching now aren’t overlapping with each other (not really). So I can actually enjoy 1 season of 1 show at a time, i.e. When Season 3 of The Walking Dead finished, Season 3 of Game of Thrones started and when that wrapped up, Season 3 of Suits started. When Suits stopped for a mid-season break, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered and on Sunday, The Walking Dead is starting its 4th season. Hopefully by the time it finishes, BBC’s Sherlock – Series 3 will be available. OK, so actually Downton Abbey’s started its new season, too, but its season 3 ender broke my heart 😥 so I don’t think I’m going back to that world again. I mean, I guess, Game of Thrones broke my heart, too, but at least in Game of Thrones there’s a war and you expect people to die in it. Downton Abbey was just… I don’t even want to talk about it.

Oh, and something else—because I’ve gotten tired of The Big Bang Theory (It’s just not what it used to be! Most people say this is a good thing, but I think otherwise), I looked for another sitcom I can enjoy and I totally didn’t expect it to be Hot in Cleveland. I’m not American and I was born in the 80’s so I don’t really know that much about the reason behind the hype of Betty White, but I have to admit that this show is really entertaining. It has also made me cry a couple of times. If you can believe that (But of course you can. I’ve always been a crybaby!).

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few months, aside from talking with my friends and working (which involves more talking). I saw a few movies, too, but since I’m not awaiting any big movies at the moment, I decided not to talk about that yet. Perhaps in my next blog entry.

Books VS Movies Debate. Seriously?

Because I am a coward (like Samwell Tarly), I am ranting on my blog instead of commenting on my friend’s Facebook page where I saw the comments that upset me in the first place. Oh well, that’s what all this space on the internet is for, isn’t it? So there’s a place for all of us? I just really didn’t want to start an argument, especially since the post was not on my wall and the commenters are people I’ve never met.

Anyway, yesterday, most of us got to watch one of the biggest episodes of the Game of Thrones TV series. It was a very emotional episode and if you’ve invested some feelings on certain characters, the episode will definitely break your heart. I don’t want to put any spoilers here so let’s leave it at that. Anyway, this isn’t about the story of the series but my annoyance at people’s reactions to people’s reactions to it.

My friend, who doesn’t watch the TV series, posted the Facebook status: Am I the only one who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones?

That’s fair. I’ve wanted to post that a number of times on FB, not about Game of Thrones of course but whenever there’s a big event that most people are commenting about but I can’t relate to. For instance, I am completely clueless about basketball, but have a number of Facebook friends who feel that it’s important to post all kinds of game results on their wall. I have nothing against that, really. It’s their wall, they can post whatever on it. And I guess you can say that about comments, too.

I just really don’t understand why there are still some people who say things like this:

“[Reading the book is] better than watching the tv series.”

Dear People of Earth who still don’t get it,

Books and film are different mediums, okay??? What works for books might not work for film and vice-versa. So it’s impossible to say that one thing is “better” than the other.

Maybe you like reading books better than watching TV. If you do, fine. But that’s the reason you should give for preferring the book over the TV show. Or if you think the TV show is actually badly done, then say that it’s bad because the actors are crap or because the dialogue is stupid. Not because “They didn’t include [insert detail here] in the TV show and it was such an important part in the book!”

I was even more upset when that same person commented, “Read the book na lang! so we can laugh at the people’s reactions after watching the show haha”.

One question: WHY? Why would you laugh at people’s reactions after watching the TV show? Emotional turmoil is nothing to laugh at. Nevermind what brought about the turmoil. People are affected differently by different things. Some of us are more affected by literature than others. I don’t understand why that’s funny. Some people have committed suicide after hearing a song that made them sad. Is that something to laugh at? That a certain song can mean so much to one person that he/she decides to hinge his/her life on it? I mean, it’s just a song, right? Maybe you heard it under very different circumstances like, if you heard it while you were in Disneyland. But that person heard it just when he/she was contemplating life and death and it happened to push him/her over the edge. I don’t find that funny at all.

And here’s another comment (though by a different person): “I got over the [insert sad event here] in college. Hahaha.”

He wants to say that he read the book and found out about the story before everyone else did and that, what, makes him a better person somehow? I’m sorry. I wasn’t aware that we were all in a race to see who can find out the most information about this story. What do we get when we win? We get to lord the information we know over people who haven’t read the books/seen the TV series yet? For what? Personal satisfaction? I don’t get it.

Also: A few people also commented on how they “don’t care” about Game of Thrones and I could just feel their eyes rolling at the people who do care. Newsflash, if they really didn’t care, they wouldn’t have felt the need to comment in the first place.

And one last: That friend of mine watches Survivor, a series I never liked but don’t mind that other people like it. She posts a lot of things online that are about Survivor and I’ve never read any of it (except the titles or the initial post, because I can’t avoid seeing them on my news feed/plurk feed) because I’m not that interested in Survivor. But it definitely never occurred to me to make fun of the people who still think that Survivor is the best TV show ever.

As I write this, I’m remembering that I’ve written some anti-Twilight stuff, but that really has to do more with “I’m against bad writers becoming rich and famous while some good ones starve.” than anything else.