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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.

  • Chloe Gilholy
    Published 5 months ago
    'Game of Thrones': By Men for Men

    'Game of Thrones': By Men for Men

    Game of Thrones has some awesome characters. Epic worldbuilding and awesome scenes. It's just not always handled well. I'm not surprised, they've got a big cast and multiple points of view. The case is especially true to the way the women were written into the show. Maybe the show is too big for its own good and they need separate shows and films like Marvel does to help make their characters shine. At times it's great, but at other times, not so much.
  • Hanna Allison
    Published 5 months ago
    Game of Homes

    Game of Homes

    I am Jon Snow. I am Tyrion Lannister. I am Daenerys Targaryen. In a more literal sense I am Hanna of house Allison. A character not written by George R. Martin or Benioff and Weiss in any of the seasons, yet carefully depicted within the beloved people of the seven kingdoms. I related to the characters in this show on a level that took me by surprise, now it’s ending has broken my heart—and left my Sundays blandly free—but has also left me hope for so much more of what is to come for me. It turns out there is a place in the world for “cripples, bastards, and broken things.”
  • Don Anderson II
    Published 5 months ago
    Eight Years Later: How 'Game of Thrones' Changed My Life

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

    I was a bit late to the party of Game of Thrones because when the show started, I was still in high school and some of my classmates were already watching it. I didn't watch any original content that HBO put out back then because of how violent and really sexual they can get but as soon as I turned 18, I felt like I could finally explore all of the stuff they do put out. I'm 24 years old now and if you told younger me that this show was going to be on my radar, I probably wouldn't have believed you.
  • Robyn Gold
    Published 5 months ago
    What the Women of Westeros Mean to Me

    What the Women of Westeros Mean to Me

    I have always been a firm believer in the magic of how the right book or series can seem to find a person when they are most in need of it. I, however, avoided the call of the Game of Thrones franchise for quite some time. Despite how many people assured me that I would enjoy the books and television show, I refused to watch it on the grounds of how much blood and violence I’d heard was in it. As a chronically ill and severely depressed person suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following a fatal car accident I had been in at the age of 15, I had a tendency to be extremely wary of anything I might find potentially triggering. That is, until a day came when I reached an ultimate low, when the circumstances of my life managed to get so bad that I was convinced nothing in this world could possibly trigger or upset me more than I already was. Seeking an escape in problems that were not my own, I began to binge read/watch the series and to my surprise what I found in its volumes was not triggering, but instead cathartic as defined in terms of Greek theatre: “The purification and purgation of emotions through art that results in renewal and restoration.” In other words, the show slowly but surely came to mean one thing to me: Healing. Through the plights of the show’s leading female protagonists in particular, I found a means to better process, understand, and ultimately overcome trauma of my own.
  • Nancy D
    Published 5 months ago
    'Game of Thrones' Gave Me Confidence as a Woman

    'Game of Thrones' Gave Me Confidence as a Woman

    I started watching Game of Thrones in my first year at college. I was staying in residence when we kept seeing references to the show everywhere we looked. It was even brought up in my lectures and seminars. We had to know what the commotion was all about! After watching the first episode, we immediately had to watch another, and another... and another. Before we knew it, the night was over and we had to pack up our things for our first morning class. After our original binge, the five of us would always come back together to gather in one of our small dorm rooms. We would eagerly sit together to watch what was going to happen next in the Seven Kingdoms. We were hooked!
  • Sammi Curran
    Published 5 months ago
    Sansa Stark (and Sophie): My Queen Forever

    Sansa Stark (and Sophie): My Queen Forever

    There have been many times when I've wanted to give up on myself. Some days I thought my mental illness would destroy me. Other times, it would be thinking I wasn't good enough to pass my classes, get a job, or get my writing published.
  • K ➶
    Published 5 months ago
    How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed My Life

    How 'Game of Thrones' Has Changed My Life

    Game of Thrones has reminded me who I am. Someone who is strong enough to do anything she puts her mind to. Someone who knows what she can handle. Someone who can fight every fight and know that she can win no matter how small that win may be. Out of the deepest, darkest holes I have crawled in, it has lifted me up and has shaped me into someone who can be a warrior in her own war and win against every demon that comes her way. No matter how hard the task, no matter what is holding her back, no matter who has hurt her, no matter how dark her mind may get, she will rise from the ashes like a woman scorned and fight until her last dying breath. The important characters have shown me that no matter what kind of obstacle tries to overcome me, I can run at it head on and fight no matter what my odds are, even if I’m bound to lose. It has taught me to be strong in every way that I can be strong. To have an upkeep of that strength to depend on every day that comes and to be proud with every day that passes. That being a woman is far more powerful than society can ever comprehend. To never take a weakness and see it as such. To always show your strength toward others, but more importantly to yourself. To be the dragon, especially on the days when you feel like the sheep. To see the good and fight for it. To fight injustice with justice. To look your demons in the eye without fear and say, “not today.” To use all of the power, fire, and courage you have inside of you every day, to use so much of it that you can burn a whole city down with the belief that you have within yourself. Most importantly, to know your strength, know what you are capable of, know that you can do anything, and to know your true worth in every inch of who you are.
  • Tharen Koelsch
    Published 5 months ago
    Wear It Like Armor

    Wear It Like Armor

    "It means she is deaf."
  • Jay Williams
    Published 5 months ago
    "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History"

    "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History"

    Throughout history, women have been known for their mothering nature. The caregivers. The nurturers. The ones that are to raise the next generation in hopes that their offspring can change the world. Making it much better than how they were possibly leaving it. Although those traits are good, there have been women throughout history who had taken a different approach. In recent years, we have seen women step up and take their power back from the male oppression in which beliefs have branched into the everyday consciousness. We as women are coming for the man's metaphorical "throat" by showing that we possess more than what men have given credit for.