I finally finished her! If you’ve been following me on Facebook you would’ve seen me being frustrated all week, I think I redrew the underdrawing four times before I was happy with her face and the dragons. Gonna be doing Game of Thrones characters up until the season finale!
Game of Thrones semi-minimal house sigils by lnochi
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i had to present my preliminary final paper topic for my fan culture and celebrity class to a room full of people who knew very little about game of thrones. this was my resulting power point (with me using lots more words then what is shown, obviously, but this gives you the general idea). i‘m sure my actual paper will end up on here eventually and we can see how much my argument has grown!!!! it’s not due for a whole week tho, so everybody calm down.
I wish that this had also covered the fan reception to Dany, which I’ve seen be super duuuper mixed for really weird reasons (the weakest thing I’ve heard was someone who didn’t like daenerys because “all she does is yell at people”). I totally wanna read this paper once it’s up!
Equally as important to the fan reaction is the writers’ intentions. As great as the ladies in GoT are, it can be very difficult to watch the tv adaptation and how it routinely strips most of the lady characters of respect and power they held in the books.
Several characters such as Asha/Yara Greyjoy and Brienne Tarth are somewhere in the middle of the spectrum that is established from the very start by Sansa and Arya, and what it means to be a woman in Westeros -and what it means to rebel. They do not suffer from the internalized misogyny that affects characters like Arya and Cersei. They are comfortable being outside the realm of typically and acceptably feminine.
In the books, Asha muses on why men use the word cunt as an insult against women. In the show, she throws the slur around herself. In the show. Brienne compares Jaime to a woman as an insult, when in the books she believes that all women are strong and heroic, even those who do not take up arms. She compares childbirth to battle. The Mormont ladies get no attention on the show at all, but are women of the North who have trained and taken up arms and fight for Robb Stark. Even their allies look on them with scorn.
Catelyn Stark is a hugely divisive character as many book fans know -but she is reduced to barely a side character, constantly berated by her son and often gaslighted for the sake of making her son’s deeds look More Heroic, instead of her being his rock and anchor during a time that weighed heavily on him.
I loved the first season of the show -the changes were fun and new and exciting, but kept to the overall narrative and tone. I’m not just complaining because IT’S NOT LIKE THE BOOOOKS (and the books have their own issues) but I can barely stomach how the writers take every opportunity to strip the lady characters of the depth and power they had in the books. They won’t even let Dany have her own ideas -half her plans somehow come out of Jorah’s mouth instead.
Melisandre is stripped down from a powerful sorceress that everyone with sense on Dragonstone fears or idolizes to being there to provide Stannis with an heir??? He has an heir and her name is Shireen. His wife is now a sickly waif obsessive over the loss of her stillborn children, because Lysa Arryn filling the creepy unhinged mother of stillborns wasn’t enough. Selyse Baratheon is a sharp, political minded woman who is the reason Melisandre was ever able to get to Stannis. He’s an atheist. He doesn’t care about the red god. Selyse may not have the power Melisandre does, but she is not to be trifled with.
I can do this for so many other characters, major or minor, that it’s just sad. I’m sorry to have made such a large aside on this really good post, but I can’t say I’m shocked the fanbase reacts the way it does. Look at how the show’s writers behave towards the lady characters themselves :/
“Before long I’ll be dead, and you and your brother and your sister and all of her children, all of us dead, all of us rotting underground. It’s the family name that lives on. That’s all that lives on. Not your personal glory, not your honor… but family.”
I love this graphic / the Lannisters
I wanted to make a strong mother character. The portrayal women in epic fantasy have been problematical for a long time. These books are largely written by men but women also read them in great, great numbers. And the women in fantasy tend to be very atypical women… They tend to be the woman warrior or the spunky princess who wouldn’t accept what her father lays down, and I have those archetypes in my books as well.
However, with Catelyn there is something reset for the Eleanor of Aquitaine, the figure of the woman who accepted her role and functions with a narrow society and, nonetheless, achieves considerable influence and power and authority despite accepting the risks and limitations of this society.
She is also a mother… Then, a tendency you can see in a lot of other fantasies is to kill the mother or to get her off the stage. She’s usually dead before the story opens… Nobody wants to hear about King Arthur’s mother and what she thought or what she was doing, so they get her off the stage and I wanted it too. And that’s Catelyn.