Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.
The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:
Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels.
Westeros.org founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. García, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.
Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.
Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series.
Thanks BenBella Books and Smart Pop Books for providing me a review copy of Beyond the Wall. If you are a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire then you will definitely love the essays in Beyond the Wall. Each essay explores a different facet in A Song of Ice and Fire with contributors ranging from some of the biggest names in modern Fantasy to experts on the series.
My favourite essays were the ones that looked at things in the series that a casual reader would miss. Such as in “An unreliable World”, Adam Whitehead talks about how unpredictable seasons affect the ability for people to tell time. Due to this uncertainty, people in Westeros rely on personal anecdotes as a scale on history.
Daniel Abraham has a wonderful piece in this book detailing the difficulty in the story’s transition from book to comic. I always thought this is something very trivial to do and never imagined so much work must be put in to ensure there is a climax in each comic issue. Reading his essay also made me realise why the characters in the HBO series is a lot older. This is because the producers cannot legally show children in brutal situations.
In “Art Imitates War” Myke Cole analyses the series from an angle that I never thought of before, which is how the characters in the series deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it empowers or destroys them. I’ve never been to war myself so it was extremely fascinating to read about the different conditions that people go through to cope with crisis and how the characters in the book mirror them.
This is a wonderful companion book to A Song of Ice and Fire series and is highly recommended to any fan who wants to dig deeper into the series.