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Top 5 Delicious Fictional Foods We WISH Existed

Food. We can’t live without it, and luckily, it is, in all its delicious forms, one of life’s greatest pleasures. This is well reflected in the media landscape, with numerous TV shows devoted to the art of fine cuisine (Man V Food, I’m looking at you). Books are no stranger to the glorification of food, and writers have conjured astonishingly meals that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.

 

Here are five of the best fictional foods we wish really existed; each one devoted to making your mouth water!

 

5. Lembas bread from The lord of the rings

 

A plate full of lembas bread, delicious bread from Lord of the Rings

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A special bread made by elves (also known as waybread in the Common Speech), lembas bread is very nutritious and stays fresh for months, aiding the Fellowship in their long journey across Middle-earth during the War for the Ring. Frodo and Sam in particular find it invaluable, subsiding on it during their walk to Mordor. Lembas is noted as tasting similar to honey-cakes, only being even better. Unfortunately, the recipe is a closely guarded secret but that doesn’t make the bread any less tasty.

 

4. Cauldron Cakes from Harry Potter

 

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Cauldron cakes are a popular wizarding treat eaten by Harry and the gang multiple times throughout the series. They can be bought from the trolley aboard the Hogwarts Express or Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. They play an important role at the dawn of Harry and Ron’s friendship, when Harry offers one to Ron, who doesn’t have enough money to buy his own. Cauldron cakes are probably a delicious sweet, always a fine snack when they appear.

 

3. klah from Dragonriders of Pern

 

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A restorative drink in the world of Pern, klah functions as an analogue to coffee, as it is described as a mix between chocolate and cinnamon, always served hot. It is made from klah bark, ground up and brewed, although it can go bad if left on the fire for too long. It is drunk by multiple characters throughout the series and the official recipe is: two tablespoons sweet ground chocolate, 1/2 cup dark cocoa, 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon, one teaspoon dark instant coffee crystals, ground to powder and a small pinch of nutmeg. Brew it with boiling water then stir well. Enjoy!

 

2. The Great Hall Cake from Redwall

 

A delicious Great Hall Feast cake

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The Redwall series always has lavish descriptions of food served in the titular Redwall, often tremendous feasts for the abbey’s inhabitants. Uniquely, with the residents being vegetarian animals, the meals are entirely plant-based creations, with no meat at all, but they still managed to be utterly delicious in their presentation and descriptions. The Great Hall Cake is often the centerpiece of these feasts, a masterpiece of culinary artistry that never fails to make the mouth water. You know you want a bite…

 

1. Just all of A Song of Ice and FIre

 

A lavish feast including a pig, vegetables, bread, and potatoes

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Throughout A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin there’s too many lavish descriptions of excellent feasts to pick just one variety of food. Divided up by region, Martin puts as much thought and detail into the food as does into the rest of the world. From the delicious breakfasts at the North, which includes soft-boiled eggs, crispy bacon, berry seeds, and mint tea to lemon cakes to potted hare, there’s no shortage of food to drool over throughout the novels. A personal favorite is a traditional Dornish meal, which includes lamb, stuffed grape leaves, flatbread, wine, and white cheese. Other good foods include fried sardines with pepper in Braavos, elk meatballs with blue cheese in King’s Landing, and and pig stuffed with mushrooms in the South. Its all just so good!

What are some of your favorite fictional foods and meals? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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5 Amazing Quotes from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere

With the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones comes increased drama, more fight sequences, and an all out battle for the Iron Throne. In addition, we get to add some hot new quotes to our list of favorites from the series.

 

1. “At least your balls won’t freeze off.” – Tyrion Lannister

 

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We can always trust everyone’s favorite dwarf to find the humor in a situation, and making fun of Lord Varys is his favorite past-time. As clever as Tyrion is, he has definitely graced the list of favorite quotes more than once. He makes us laugh, he gets us to wise up, and he even encourages our wine habits. I can’t wait to see what comes of his character this season, and he’s definitely off to a great start at the beginning of this episode.

 

2. “I’m waiting for an old friend.” – Bran Stark

 

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Bran Stark was clearly the queen of drama on last night’s episode. He was there watching whenever someone did anything, and the kid knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. So when he’s waiting outside for someone’s appearance, we don’t question it. He is a little weird after gaining all of these abilities. But when Jamie Lannister walks into Winterfell it becomes clear just who Bran is looking for. The show comes to an end with the two in an epic stare down, and who are we kidding, Bran totally won.

 

3. “If you want a whore, buy one. If you want a queen, earn her.” – Cersei Lannister

 

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As much as we all hate her as a queen, we have to admit when Cersei is the queen. After delivering his fleets that Cersei paid for, he is more preoccupied with getting into her pants than actually winning a battle. It is almost as if neither of these two realize just how desperate the situation is to win the war against the dead. Cersei, however, is not amused by Euron’s attempts and shuts him down real quick. Well, until she gives in and takes him to bed anyway.

 

4. “Have you ever used it?” “Once or twice.” – Jon Snow/Arya Stark

 

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Over the last seven seasons, we have watched Arya use the sword Jon gave her, Needle, to take down anyone who has stood in her way on the road back home to Winterfell. She even manages to get revenge on the whole Frey family using the skills she learned in Braavos from the Faceless Man. I’m not sure if it’s false modesty on how bad ass she is or if she is trying to stay as innocent as possible in big brother’s eyes. (We know he’s not her brother, but she doesn’t know that yet.)

 

5. “You gave up your crown to save your people. Would she do the same?” – Samwell Tarly

 

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With the big reveal to Jon Snow about his true lineage, this was the question on everyone’s mind. It’s been clear since Jon made the decision to join the Night’s Watch that he had no desire to hold titles or crowns, but how does knowing his lineage change that? He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch just two seasons before being named King of the North. As a bastard, this is as far-fetched a dream as being brought back to life from the dead. Well, he did that, too. Why is this quote so pivotal though? It proves just how much Sam doesn’t trust Daenerys as his queen. It will be super interesting to see how this changes the dynamic of Jon and Dany’s relationship, but I am much more eager to see how this changes Jon’s desires.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Leaves Fans to Wonder at Books’ Ending

Well, the hit HBO series is coming to an end, and hopefully fans will have an answer to who will be sitting on the Iron Throne or even if it will still exist by the end of its run in just five weeks. The question on everyone’s mind remains what will the end of the books bring?

In George R.R. Martin’s saga, there are still two more books to come. One is the long-anticipated sixth installment The Winds of Winter, which still has no release date, and the seventh, which is currently titled A Dream of Spring. As it stands, the show has already taken great liberties to stray from the novels, leaving fans guessing at every turn where each one will go. At this point, it is easier to pretend the sixth through eighth seasons are more fanfiction than accurate representations of what the books will be. These books are not yet available for preorder, as there is no release date, but you can add them to your shelves on Goodreads!

 

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In an interview with 60 Minutes, Martin claimed that the series “would have to run for another five seasons” in order to stay true to his forthcoming novels. While most of the ideas Martin has for the last novel have not found themselves down on paper, it’s easy to see how these thousand-page books could never fit into a standard ten-episode season. He did say, however, that the endings may not be all that different due to conversations that happened in the writers’ room.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, he admitted that the show surpassed him years ago and because of that there “may be important discrepancies.”

As it is, differences exist between the book and series. Characters that are currently alive and well have already died at the hands of characters in the book that straight up don’t exist on the show. Lady Stoneheart, who makes her grand entrance at the end of A Storm of Swords. She is the resurrected body of Lady Catelyn Stark, but producers hint that her character will still not make any appearances in the final season of the show.

 

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Martin did admit in an interview with Rolling Stone that he “has been so slow with these books,” which is entirely understandable. He began these books back in 1991, almost thirty years later he is still working within that same world and with the same characters, at least the ones he hasn’t killed off yet.

We are all not-so-patiently waiting for the final books of A Song of Ice and Fire. At least we have the series to tide us over for now.

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Algorithm Predicts Which ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters Will Die

If, like me, you are still trying to mentally prepare for your favorite character’s death this spring, then maybe this can help. German students of computer science have developed an algorithm to predict which characters are most likely to die in the final season of Game of Thrones. So, according to science, who could die next in Game of Thrones? Let’s hope the answer isn’t everyone! (But seriously, let’s also hope it isn’t Dany.)

 

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According to the project supervisor at Technical University of Munich, Guy Yachdav, each character’s survival rate is predicted using technology similar to that of scientific studies for medical treatments. He adds that although the project “relies on data taken from the world of fantasy,” these artificial intelligence techniques “are used in the real world.” So these results ARE real… and we’re really, really nervous.

 

 

The technology is called ‘Machine Learning,’ and it allows machines to analyze data and make predictions. The team extracted data from several different Game of Thrones sources and compiled that data by describing each and every character in George R.R. Martin’s world using the same exact points: “house, lovers, marriage, titles, major/minor character, and gender.” The program can then take this information and, using data on earlier character deaths, predict the likelihood of surviving characters… well, surviving!

 

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According to this technology, Daenerys Targaryen has the highest chance of survival with a rate of 99%. Everyone’s favorite sell-sword, Bronn, is most likely to suffer the next death of the series. Where do the rest of the cast fit in? You can check out TUM’s website dedicated to their predictions. My personal favorite, Samwell Tarly, has a 97% chance of survival. The way this show has been going, I’m not quite so sure I trust those odds.

 

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How accurate is this technology in terms of fantasy? Only time will tell. The series is infamous for being highly unpredictable, and everyone has their own ideas on who will sit on the Iron Throne in eight weeks. So let us know! What odds does your favorite character have? Who do you think will win the game of thrones?

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‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Nervous About Ending

And they should be.

Endings suck—especially when it comes to the conclusion of stories we love/loved. Sometimes stories are ruined by their less-than-spectacular final act. We read them for days and watch them for years as their inevitable finales approach, hoping our favorite characters go out in an appropriately cliché blaze of glory or meet a romantically tragic end. In a weird way, our favorite books, movies, and shows become a huge part of our lives—our own personal (REAL) narratives framing that of popular protagonists and their worlds. So, naturally, we fall in love with all of the underdogs, chosen ones, and antiheroes we spend time with. Maybe we even project unrealistic expectations onto the endings of their stories because we are afraid our own stories may not end so perfectly—however, let’s not think ourselves into an existential crisis.

 

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But yeah, often, our expectations are not met. The epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was… a tonal shift? The Giver tapers off into ambiguity. Pennywise is a demon spider? WTF. Let’s not even discuss the endings to The Hunger Games Trilogy or the plethora of television shows that broke our hearts; yeah, I’m talking to you, How I Met Your Mother (Ted and Robin? Still?), The Sopranos, Dexter, and Lost. I suppose not every series can bow out as brilliantly as Breaking Bad. Well done W.W.

 

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As we prepare for the Game of Thrones finale, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (duh), the healthy thing to do is lower our expectations. If we do not, we risk the kind of dejection that will threaten every aspect of our lives as we re-watch/re-read the story wondering where it all went wrong. Making peace with inevitable disappointment will be beneficial for our hearts, souls, and more importantly—the well-being of David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The showrunners of GoT will be frantically chain-smoking and stress eating upon finale night as they continuously check the interweb for words of praise or admonishment.

 

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talked with Entertainment Weekly regarding the final season of their show and any concerns they may have for its ending (among other things):

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So here you are. The final season. How is it? Are you happy?

DAVID BENIOFF: It’s still too early to say.

DAN WEISS: It could end up being a complete mess.

 

David Benioff went on to further discuss the subject of endings… perhaps to avoid discussing the ending that looms?

“A good story isn’t a good story if you have a bad ending,” he said, a sentiment which we hope not to dismally remember later as a sign of foreshadowing. “Of course, we worry.”

He also didn’t think The Sopranos ending was that bad…

I’ve gotten into a lot of arguments with people about why that was a great ending, but people felt legitimately cheated and that’s their right to feel that way, just as it’s my right to feel like they’re idiots. I’m hoping we get the ‘Breaking Bad’ [finale] argument where it’s like, ‘Is that an A or an A+?’ I want that to be the argument. I just wish we found better directors for it.

The final season will air its last premiere episode this Sunday. Will Jon Snow defeat the Night King? Will Dany sit on the Iron Throne? Will their baby? Will Gendry? Buckle up… but don’t drive too fast (metaphorically?) We don’t know where this road ends up, and we don’t know if we’ll like it.

Closing musing: if the final season sucks, George R.R. Martin can (and most likely will) build a better conclusion in his forthcoming novels The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. Perhaps this was the big guy’s plan all along—take his ending (which he has divulged to David and Dan) for a test run. All hail our Westerosi world builder.

 

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Enjoy the lobster, my friend, you deserve it.

 

 

 

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