I’ve seen various writers post things they’re proud of this year, so I decided to do the same. This year I started to pitch pieces to other websites, which was scary, but I’m glad I did it. My experience working with editors has been positive, and I’m looking forward to doing more of it next year. This list of pieces is things I’ve written for the blog and other websites, roughly in chronological order.
The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).
One of my favourite Game of Thrones podcasts is A Storm of Spoilers. It was originally for book readers and people who didn’t mind being spoiled, but now that most of the show’s storylines have surpassed the books, it includes production spoilers, which some people don’t like. One of my favourite parts of the podcast is the wild speculation and crackpot theories which are bandied about, and this week I came up with one of my own. I like to call it #BlackThorn.
I wasn’t planning on writing about this week’s Game of Thrones. I like to touch base every once in a while, but this episode was special for so many reasons. There are full recaps all over the internet, I just wanted to highlight a few things that may have gotten lost beneath that devastating conclusion. As several critics have pointed out, “The Door” (as well as next week’s episode) was directed by Jack Bender, who directed some of the best episodes of Lost, including “The Constant.” I haven’t finished Lost, but between Game of Thrones and Teaves podcast host Regan Lloyd (who just watched “The Constant”), this week is full of reminders that I need to keep watching Lost. There are spoilers for this episode of Game of Thrones, as well as some spoilers for this particular episode of Lost.
During my rewatch of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, “The Book of the Stranger,” I tweeted this:
I would be perfectly happy if Rasmay just died off-screen so I never had to sit through another scene like this #GameofThrones
— Leah (Brick Fangs) (@forthejokes) May 16, 2016
“The Book of the Stranger” is currently being heralded as one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones ever made, and it’s fantastic. I will list the things I liked about this episode at the end of the post, but we need to focus on the viewers’ least favourite thing about the show, which is Ramsay Bolton (ne Snow). He’ll always be Ramsay Snow in my mind.
The Golden Globes is the first big awards ceremony to kick off the awards season when it comes to film. The problem here is that approximately 1% of the films that have been nominated have been released in Australia. Last year I used a randomiser to predict the film winners, but this year I’m going to leave my film predictions for the Oscars. There are still distribution issues with television in Australia, but it’s slowly getting better, and I think I’ve seen most of the nominated shows that I actually want to watch. It’s been a good year in television, and I like the complete unpredictability of the Hollywood Foreign Press, so every prediction I make will be worth a grain of salt.
The adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is a strange beast. The first season of Game of Thrones aired just before A Dance With Dragons was published, and fans of the books have seen another four seasons of the show before The Winds of Winter‘s publication. The fifth season of Game of Thrones ended at the same point as A Dance With Dragons, as Jon Snow is betrayed by his men in the Night’s Watch, as they believe he has broken his vows by saving the Wildlings, and arguably taking Stannis’ side in the war. All throughout the fifth season of Game of Thrones, Entertainment Weekly published a series of interviews and features with the cast and crew of the show. Following the finale, Kit Harrington ‘confirmed’ that Jon is dead. Book and show spoilers/speculation will be around.