The End Game

The hugely anticipated Game of Thrones Final Season will hit the Indian Coast next week and finally my Mondays will start looking less boring 😝

I don’t just love GoT, I am literally obsessed with it. I have spent hours trying to sketch the map of Westeros from my memory and I have scoured numerous articles online that tell me anything and everything about this world. But I have promised to not go looking for spoilers this season and I intend to keep that promise (a Jamie reference).

Why am I so crazy for this series?

The Fantasy World

 

George R R Martin once shared, “I want a world as big as my imagination. I’m going to have all the characters I want, and gigantic castles and dragons and direwolves, and hundreds of years of history.”

Needless to say, the books and the show went on to create a history of their own. The allure of this fantasy world is what attracts me. I love experiencing it even if its through 45 minutes of screen time. It’s like a medieval era but very much relatable to today. I love the costumes esp Danerys and Margaery’s gowns 😍And the opening credits music…that like an adrenaline rush.

The Story

 

Yes, GoT is more than violence and nudity. It has a plot which is cruelly shocking and unpredictable. It feels so satisfying when you have convinced yourself that something is going to happen in a certain way and then the carpet is rudely yanked from under your feet and you fall face first into the snow and you are told that all you believed was a lie!!

The Characters

It’s hard to pick one favorite! Every character has something likeable about them and every one does something that makes you hate them for it.

I love the fierceness that Danerys has, I love how mean Cersei can get.

I hated Jamie from the pilot episode when he threw Bran so nonchalantly from the tower,

I felt he got a reminder that even the Kingslayer is not invincible when he lost his sword hand… I hate him yet I feel like he ought to be redeemed.

The list will go on and on… No single character is completely black or white… there are more than 50 shades of gray.

The Emotional Quotient

Never get too attached is the kind of advice you need for watching GoT.

Ned Stark was one of my favorite characters and they had to go and chop his head off with his own sword right in the first Season!!!

I have experienced a range of emotions throughout all the seasons – I chuckled happily whenever Tyrion got Joffery in check,

I watched in awe when Danerys burned down Astapor,

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Ygritte’s death hit me with storm clouds of my own

and if the Red Wedding didn’t tug at your heart strings even a little bit, then maybe we don’t have empathy.

Every death either hurt me like I was wronged personally ( like when Hodor died or when Lady was executed) or left me with immense satisfaction ( like when Joffery choked to death or when Ramsay got devoured by his own hounds).

Ellaria Sand’s horrorstruck scream is what I can still hear in the back of my mind when I think of that trial of combat.

The Speculation

I have spent most of my time whenever a season is due talking about nothing else but GoT. The fan theories, the speculation, the dissection of the trailers. I love all this gup!!!

I wish the Gods be good and when we finally see the fate or illfate of the Iron Throne we are not left with burning questions. Till then, Valar Morghulis to you.

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​Summer Binge watch: Pretty Little Liars 

Dying to find out who I am? – A

The soap opera teen in me loved this series.

It can be pretty dramatic and it might not appeal to those who are looking out for some serious stuff.

But for a summer binge watching marathon this one is pretty good enough.

I had decided to give it a try to just see what it is about but then i started liking it so I hoarded the seasons. 😝

Synopsis:

Four best friends; Aria, Emily, Spencer and Hannah fall out with each other after the leader of thier gang, Alison, mysteriously disappears. 

A year later, the friends start recieving anonymous texts signed from someone called A threatening to reveal their personal secrets which only Ali knew. 

So does this mean Ali is back from the dead? 

The friends need to stick together to find out the truth about A and about Ali.

I like the way this show is presented.

Clockwise : Emily, Hannah, Aria, Alison and Spencer

The casting is great. I like the liars minus their queen bee. All of them dress up like 😍

Aria – the eclectic girl with a stubborn air

Hannah – The IT girl with soft corners around her heart

Spencer – The smart girl whose DNA has victory embedded in it 😝

Emily – the sporty one and the quiet one

Hannah is my favorite😁

She may act all snobby at times but she really is a softie. Plus, she can be funny right in the middle of a serious scene.

Spencer, I like or hate depending on my mood😂

This series is based on a book series by Sara Sepherd.

I had read the first book in between the show, and I was surprised to find the whole first book summarized into the pilot episode 😂

It is addicting!!

At the end of every episode I feel an itching to download the next one to find out what happens next.  It kind of drags you into the drama.

Right now I’m on Season 5 and I’m consuming it rapidly and repeatedly ( a Hannah reference 😜)

Tip: If u do watch this show, don’t get too much into figuring out who A is and why and how. Let it unwind on it’s own.

Till then, Sshhhh 😉

​Book Reviews from My Pending Drafts – Book III, IV, V

Continued from Part I and II

Book III – Such A Perfect Sister by Donna Hay

Phoebe Redmond has always lived under the shadow of her dazzling and gorgeous sister Alex. Whatever Phoebe wanted, Alex got it without asking. 
Phoebe always had a crush on Luke but naturally Luke fell in love with Alex. When Alex decides to marry Luke, Phoebe suspects that there is something going on in Alex’s mind that she isn’t sharing. But will this mean that Phoebe finally gets to come out of being “Alex Redmond’s sister”? 

This book is a fantastic entertainer. I really enjoyed it. Those who enjoy sibling rivalry will like this one. I couldn’t put it down – I wanted to know what happened next with Phoebe, Alex, Luke and Will. 

This book is the fastest one I have read. Finished it in a day! 😁

Book IV – Keeping Mum by Kate Lawson

The tagline of this book makes no sense at all. Throughout the book I was waiting for when Nita might behave badly but she’s always helping Cass. 
Cass lives in Norfolk & runs a furniture shop attached to her house. With her boys in university & her mom hitting it off with her toy boy, everything is going as usual. When enters her childhood friend Fioana into her life once again. Cass finds herself getting pestled between Fioana and her partner Andy’s relationship which is in troubled waters. 

Just when Cass thinks that their choir competition in Cyprus would be the perfect opportunity to get away from all this, that’s when the real drama starts. 

This book is slow to start. There isn’t anything much happening until the All Stars get to Cyprus. After that it picks pace and turns out to be a good read. Though with the ending, it nose dives again. 

Book V – Kate’s Wedding by Chris Manby

I have heard that Chris Manby was actually supposed to release another novel in 2011 but after the engagement announcement of Prince William & Kate Middleton, she was suddenly struck by inspiration & wrote Kate’s Wedding in a month. 
No, this book isn’t a tribute to the royal couple. 

The Kate in the book is Kate Williamson. 39 years old, successful partner in a law firm, she was hardly expecting her boyfriend to propose to her. But when he did what should have been the most beautiful moment in her life turns into an almighty source of misery. Kate wonders if Kate Middleton too feels like what in the world has she signed up for? Will Kate make it to the aisle or will she bail? 

Diana Ashcroft on the other hand spent all her life dreaming up about her perfect wedding. She was born at the exact moment when Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles & hence was named after her. So it feels like destiny that she should have a wedding as royal as Prince William & Kate Middleton. 

This novel is the kind of stuff that can be made into a good Bridezilla movie! 😁