Not surprisingly, the Game of Thrones television show is pretty popular in the library world. After all, what better way to escape from the world’s problems than to immerse yourself in the even worse problems of a fantasy universe? And better yet, it’s based on a book series! There is nothing like epic battles, epic romance, royal intrigue, murder, plotting, and scheming to make your own problems seem mundane. If you’re like us, you probably watched the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale last night and are now thinking, “What now? How will I fill the void until next season?” It’s going to be quite a long interval: unfortunately, the eighth and final season will probably not air until 2019. For those of you who have watched the finale, here are some episode recaps and analyses from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone, NPR, Vanity Fair, Vanity Fair, and Vanity Fair again.
The book series on which the Game of Thrones television show is based is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, and A Game of Thrones is the first book of the series. The story line of the show has now progressed beyond what has happened in the books, as Martin is still not finished writing the series. For those of you, like us, who may be wondering how you will get through your Game of Thrones show withdrawal, you are in luck! The book series have become classics from the popular fiction genre known as “fantasy”. This means that everything in the story- the location, characters, events, etc.- are imagined by the author, and the story includes supernatural elements like magic. However, many authors use real-world folklore and ancient mythology as inspiration, and like A Game of Thrones, novels in this genre often take place in a universe inspired by our own European Medieval period. There are lots of other series in this genre that are similar, and some have even been made into television shows and movies. Two well-known examples are J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy which have all been made into movies, and the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind, which was made into the Legend of the Seeker television show.
If you are interested in this fiction genre, Worlds Without End is a great website for discovering more titles you might like. Just click on any subgenre you’re interested in, see its description, and click on the “Novels” link underneath. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover something that will soon be turned into another hit TV show!