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Eight Years Later: Game of Thrones Contest

Eight Years Later: Game of Thrones Contest

Vocal is bringing “Game of Thrones’-loving creators together for another community-wide contest. Submit your most heartfelt, surprising, or life-changing stories about how GOT has affected you for a chance to win $500. Use #VocalGOT to enter.

  • Vocal Team
    Published 4 months ago
    Eight Years Later: How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed My Life—Announcing Our Winners

    Eight Years Later: How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed My Life—Announcing Our Winners

    It truly was the first of its kind. There has never been a show quite like Game of Thrones—one that has had so many viewers all around the world tuning in all at once, moving us, breaking our hearts, and bringing us together. But last month, one of the most revolutionary shows in history came to a controversial close, and we wanted to know: After eight years of investing our time and attention and love into the happenings of Westeros, what has the show come to mean to you?
  • Jennifer Rose
    Published 4 months ago
    How 'Game of Thrones' Influenced My Writing Career
  • Jenny D
    Published 4 months ago
    'A Game of Thrones' Inspired Me to Write My Own Epic Fantasy
  • Scarlett LaFlamme
    Published 4 months ago
    Eight Years Later: How 'Game of Thrones' Changed My Life

    Eight Years Later: How 'Game of Thrones' Changed My Life

    My Game of Thrones Burlesque series was born innocuously enough. In the summer of 2012, having finished season two of Game of Thrones and beginning to work my way through the books (I had binge-watched season one during a bout of strep throat, had been relieved and thrilled to find out that season two was starting just a week later, and couldn’t stand the idea of now waiting almost a year to find out what happened next), I was scrolling through Facebook on a slow work day and came across a violin cover of the title credits music. “So beautiful,” I thought, as I listened to it over and over. “Wouldn’t this be great to strip to?!” Maybe I should back up just a little! I’ve been a burlesque performer since 2009. Burlesque is many things to many people and probably needs its own essay to fully explain, but suffice to say it’s a theatrical performance, often with elements of parody and always with elements of striptease – emphasis on the tease. A burlesque performance is about the journey, not the destination… which is also how I’m choosing to look at Game of Thrones. Ahem. In 2012, I had a small burlesque troupe, with varying levels of commitment and, as with any collective, a lot of compromising on creative elements. We did small bar shows that were fun, but we had a theme coming up that I, frankly, wasn’t very inspired by. I had never produced something that was truly my own vision before. This music captured my imagination the way all the classic burlesque standards I was considering for the troupe’s upcoming show failed to do. When I imagined dancing to it, playing it over and over, I knew without a doubt which character I would portray: the scared, abused girl who became a dragon queen.
  • Olivia Bright
    Published 4 months ago
    From Foster Care to Westeros

    From Foster Care to Westeros

    I’ll never forget when I heard about Game of Thrones. I had been recommended it by a friend, who also was my foster sister. I was packing up my bag to leave foster care, or AWOL, as they call it for us, after 10 years of hell. I wasn't about to make it 11. She was the only person who knew, and who I trusted living there. I love to journal usually, but the staff went through everything we had, including diaries. If I dared to write that I felt like leaving, I would be put on “R-Level”, which was 21 hours a day in your room, with three designated hours, two hours for cleaning, 30 minutes for bathrooms, and 30 minutes for eating. Another AWOL would mean two months of R level, a report to my social worker, and possibly juvenile hall for an indeterminate amount of time.
  • Mel E. Furnish
    Published 4 months ago
    A Future Classic

    A Future Classic

    Having witnessed first-hand that this creation is even loved by those who don't like "Fiction," I will bet that this will become a classic, just like other wild and heart-wrenching shows like Breaking Bad and The Handmaiden's Tale. Sitting on the edges of our seats. Teeth clenched, flinching, cringing, bawling, debating, analyzing—dead silence. The show seemed to take you there and leave your body sitting there, dumbfounded and frozen in shock. While a few pieces of the ending I felt was a bit predictable, the scenes still made me think, "Did this just happen?"
  • Anna Ponomari
    Published 4 months ago
    Bran Stark Is My Hero

    Bran Stark Is My Hero

    Back in 2014 I left my land ''Khalasar,'' the country in which people were living by the principle of the "strongest survives." Due to my disability I wasn't anywhere close to being the strongest, so my parents were looking for a place where I wouldn't have to be stuck inside the house and I could feel just like everyone else. That place was chosen to be England.
  • Samuel Moore
    Published 4 months ago
    'Game of Thrones' Meant Something

    'Game of Thrones' Meant Something

    To be honest, in the beginning it meant naked women and the promise of dragons. The simple pleasures in life make all the difference.
  • Ry Lewis
    Published 4 months ago
    All Men Must Die, but What Is Dead May Never Die