Post by Vile Traveller on Nov 30, 2019 4:40:28 GMT -6
I'll wait and see. No point getting grumpy when we don't know anything yet, nor too much reason to get excited. I'm glad the old franchise is getting some love, perhaps other things <cough>Stormbringer</cough> may see the light again because of it.
I didn't watch Game of Thrones, since I don't have HBO. How did Moorcock influence that series?
[Oversimplified:] The story of the books revolves about the descendants of the Valyrians, an albino race of dragonmasters, after their homeland, an island-based city state, is destroyed by chaos magic. The Valyrian survivors presumably fled to Westeros and became the kings and queens of ordinary humans, until they were overthrown by Northern insurgents about fifteen years ago. "A Song of Ice and Fire" tells the story of Daenerys, the last legitimate heir of the Valyrian Westeros noble line, and, small spoiler here, Jon Snow, eventually revealed to be a half-Valryian.
[Oversimplified: ]While the story arc involving Jon Snow and his family (that takes the lion's share of the series) is mostly based on actual medieval history (through the filter of Maurice Druon, though), the story arc involving Daenerys is often extremely close to Melnibone aestethics, especially in the second book, where Daenerys fights the warlocks of Qarth. The overall concepts of ASOIAF magic are commonly characterized as very influenced by H. P. Lovecraft, but they are at least equally influenced by Moorcockian concepts, especially when looking at GRMM's "The Prince That Was Promised", which may or may not be a play on Moorcock's "Eternal Champion".
- Doesn't make for a bad story, actually. Back when ASOIAF/GOT wasn't adult people's "Harry Potter", and the series didn't yet have this sort of an audience, this play on classic fantasy tropes was what got me into the books: "An unofficial continuation of the Melnibone stories?! - Yes!!!"
[Derail:] Interestingly enough, "The Witcher", a book/game/TV series that even Moorcock himself has accused of plagiarizing "Elric", isn't AT ALL like anything he ever wrote. (At least as I know his works.) The protagonists are both albinos, yes, but Sapkowskji's Geralt of Rivia is a completely different character. If at all, then Geralt maybe takes some inspiration from "Game of Thrones" in the later parts of the series.