I’m always interested how people came to this wonderful setting. During its initial release in 1996, the first novel “A Game of Thrones” flew under the radar for a bit. In 1997 it won the Nebula and World Fantasy Award, followed by the Locus Award in 1998 that it started to get some attention. Even with all this critical acclaim, it wasn’t until January of 2011 that it cracked the New York Times Bestseller’s List. It eventually reached #1 in July of that year.
So, now that I’ve had a nice long digression, how did you find Westeros? Was it through the books before they rose to fame? Was it through the HBO Television series? Was it something you just stumbled upon one day?
For me it was at the insistent pestering of a very dear friend, and to be honest I was very reluctant. I was young and very idealistic, and the book’s gritty, brutal potrayal of feudal life didn’t sit well with my rose-colored glasses. Now, almost fifteen years later, the glasses are a little bit tarnished and I’m a bit more worn by the years gone by. After watching a few episodes of the Television series “Game of Thrones”, I returned to the books and found out how fantastic they are.
Now, what’s your story?