As the title may suggest, maybe, just maybe, I’ve got a problem with people who have suddenly become fans of Game of Thrones since the HBO version of the novels began airing. If they’ve gone on to read the novels, then I have no qualms with them.
Rather, it’s the many who’ve never heard of George R.R. Martin or A Song of Ice and Fire (the name of the novel series that Thrones comes from) – these are the ones that make me frown.
And I don’t like frowning. Really, I don’t.
A similar attitude stole over me during the course of the releases of the Harry Potter films. Even simpler to read than Martin’s epic fantasy series, the (in my eye) laziness of those who love adaptations, but never touch the source material… it just peeves me off.
In a way, it’s not that the series has become popular that annoys me, I’m fine with texts entering popular culture. It’s just the people who don’t acknowledge the awesome source material that happen to get me down.
It’s like a kind of weird sense of pop-cultural pastiche. Pastiche in that (sort of Fredric Jameson manner) you have groups of people knowing the phrase, “Winter is coming,” but they don’t truly know its source.