A Game of Thrones discussion questions
The first Book Club episode is coming soon! We are covering A Game of Thrones, just the first novel, not the entire series.
In anticipation of the show, I am posting the discussion questions we will cover here.
First and foremost, if you have not read the novel. There will be SPOILERS. For the folks who may have read the whole series, keep the discussion focused on the first book, since many (including me) may still be in the process of reading the other books.
Feel free to respond to any of the questions here on the forums, if they interest you! OR, you can leave us a voicemail on our Skype account (account name: thespiel). Especially Question #6, we may try to include some listener responses on the show.
Here are the questions:
1. Simplest question first, whose story is it?
2. What does the author gain by breaking up the main narrative into 8 different stories?
3. A Game of Thrones seems to fly in the face of several traditional fantasy literary themes or devices. What does the author gain by separating his story from these time-tested tropes?
4. The Seasons shape the novel in no small way. The shift from Summer to Winter in Westeros is more than a matter of weather patterns. How do the Seasons help define warring houses and their famillies?
5. “When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die” Cersei claims early in the novel. There are consequences (often severe and final) when you question or try to claim power. However, the events of the story would seem to show plenty of room for partial victories and less than total defeat. Is a playing a Game of Thrones an all or nothing proposition? OR is the question implied but unasked by the Night Watch equally valid: the only way to really win is not to play?
6. Softball question: What was the most influential factor in drawing you in or turning you off the novel? Pick a passage, a character, a scene, an idea. Use it to illustrate your point.