Wow, A Game of Thrones is over already. I mean, yes, technically it took me over two months to read, at the pace we were all going, but it was one of those books that you get so stuck into and when you reach the last page, you start to wonder, “Why can’t I just keep going?”
Luckily for me there are 4 other books in the series to continue on with, and the book club will continue!
So let’s get down to this section’s Q&A session and see what we have to say.
I think there’s still plenty of room for her development. But I don’t think that she’s weak-willed, not after getting the chance to see more of her personality. I think she’s showing strength in a different way. Rather than try to fight back, she’s trying to bend to keep the peace, to put herself in a position where she can make a difference to what she’s come to recognize as a bad situation. You see this in the way she begs for mercy for her father. Begging doesn’t automatically make one weak.
I think, also, that she can be pushed to the limit, especially now that physical abuse and cruelty is occurring to her. I’m actually looking forward to seeing if she snaps and starts fighting back more assertively. I don’t think she’s the type to be easily broken.
Most of the chapters have involved characters who are deeply involved in a situation that’s important to the plot, and chapters from their point of view serve as a good way of getting the reading information without having a ton of exposition and infodumping. It also gives a sense of scale; with such a large cast of characters, each in different situations, you get a good feel for the vastness of the world, the difference in cultures and societies, and generally gives the whole thing a very epic feel.
However, there are some characters (Bran, in particular), who seem as though they either a) outlived their usefulness when it comes to perspective but the author didn’t feel like dealing with any, “What happened to him?” questions, or b) are only around now, showing us stuff that isn’t that important, because they’ll play a major part later on and the author doesn’t want them to be forgotten. I honestly can’t tell which at this point.
Not in the slightest. We don’t get to see as much of Jaime as we do Cersei, but they seem weirdly one-dimensional, without much to motivate them beyond self-righteous entitlement. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want… but that hasn’t changed from the first moment they stepped on the pages. I hope they do get some more development as the books go on, because otherwise they’re quickly going to get rather yawn-worthy.
Both, actually. I didn’t expect it, but it wasn’t exactly out of character. Partly because her character wasn’t very well-defined, but it’s easy to see how kind words masked her bitterness, so while it surprised me, it didn’t seem random or out of sync with what was already established. It was admittedly interesting to see a character who wasn’t what she seemed to be on the surface. They seem to be somewhat lacking in the series so far, at least from what’s been revealed to us.