Eight Years Later: Game of Thrones Contest
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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?
How 'Game of Thrones' Influenced My Writing Career
#VocalGOT While I’ve heard a lot about Game of Thrones, especially from popular magazines, and the internet, I never really got into the program until April 2019, when the show was coming to a close. Nevertheless, the show has had a huge impact on my life.
'A Game of Thrones' Inspired Me to Write My Own Epic Fantasy
#VocalGOT I grew up reading fantasies. It was a way for me to escape my world and enter a better world. When I read a fantasy novel, I knew that in the end, everything would work out. Which is fine when you’re in grade school and even early junior high. But, the older you get, the more you begin to realize that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed. I struggled a lot in my schoolwork and was terrible at making friends. While fantasies helped me escape, I yearned for something more. I wanted to read something where a character was going through the same things that I was. That’s when I got more into reading realistic fiction, but even at that, I would find it hard to connect with the main character. Sometimes I found myself relating to a side character who only appeared in two or three chapters.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
'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.
All Men Must Die, but What Is Dead May Never Die
#VocalGOT I didn't find his body. All men must die. He never left us a note, but we knew why he had done it. All men must die. He was my hero in every sense, and I know heroes are just human. All men must die. I understand that the future he saw for himself, he didn't want. All men must die. I never got the opportunity to tell him one last time how good a father he had been and how much I loved him. All men must die. It broke our hearts. All men must die. I get that one day we all will die, but when, in 2016, my dad took his own life, I wasn't ready to accept: All men must die.
How Jon Snow Inspired Me to Be Myself
When you are a child and are asked the daunting question, “what do you want to be when you are older?” you are initially left in a state of confusion. I know I was.
How 'Game Of Thrones' Changed My Life
There are some things that come and go in your life. Things you like. Books. TV shows. Movies. Some stay with you the rest of your life. And others wiggles their way into your existences to the point at which you can no longer remember what it was like without it.
The Hall of Faces
“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.”—Tyrion Lannister