16.4.15

Book Blurb Breakdown: Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

book blurb breakdown

Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb


Status:  Read


the blurb: as is 
from Goodreads


Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne. 


the blurb:  shredded 


Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. (Hm, this is interesting. Definitely a cool magical thing.)  And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. (What's the iron throne?  Why do I care about it?)  

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand.  (Why?  Is being Warden of the north more important?  Is being the Hand a bad thing?) His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. (This sentence makes absolutely no sense.)  

The old gods (Where did they come from!?) have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split (Um, Oxford comma, please?) and there is treachery at court.  (Okay, I kind of sort of get what's going on.) Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. (Why is this bad? What are the Free Cities?)  He claims the Iron Throne.  (Wait, like, he actually takes it over?  Or he lays claim to it?  I'm so confused.)  


the verdict 
1/5 stars

would i read it?:  not unless i was recommended it

I've read this book, because a good friend recommended it to me.  I probably would have passed it along swiftly if I'd only read the blurb.  The newer ones are a bit better, but what is this tripe?  There's very little indication of what actually happens, no explanation for why certain things are important, and terms and characters thrown around without any frame of reference.  Not to mention that sentence in the second paragraph that could have been written by someone who has English as a second language and is early in their studies.  Okay, maybe it's grammatically fine, but it's also completely incoherent.   Also...isn't the dragon-king's heir a girl?  Called Danaerys?  Who is not a boy?  Who's this "he" mentioned?  Viserys?  Cause he's around for like 2.5 seconds.  This is actually a fabulous book, albeit quite dense, but this blurb does nothing to highlight the sprawling, epic brilliance of the series opener.  I'd have expected, reading this, a book about Ned Stark and some court intrigue.  And Game of Thrones is so much more.  


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  







6 comments:

  1. i am fascinated by the blurb but ibreally prefer the movie. 😊
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    1. The shows are really good, especially if you're put off by how long and dense the books are.

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  2. Haha, those are exactly my thoughts when reading the blurb. I was like "wait what is that what does this sentence mean THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL". I definitely wouldn't read it the only thing I knew about this book is the blurb. I've heard amazing reviews about the story though.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one whose brain was crying. I'm with you on that. Sad thing is, the story is great! I've read the book and it's phenomenal. The blurb doesn't even begin to do it justice.

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  3. I usually only skim blurbs as I find that often they give away too much detail on the plot or they provide very litle information about the book. I never thought about tearing one apart like this. Very interesting. Happy weekend, CJ>

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    1. I usually read blurbs pretty thoroughly, because I'm fairly good at guessing from the blurb whether I'll enjoy the book--red flags and such. So one day I thought, it'd be really fun to go through blurbs and piece apart what works and what doesn't.

      Happy weekend to you too!

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