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Daenerys goes all "Mad Queen" on the kiddos of Westeros...

Drink Your Way Through the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale With This Boozy Game

By now, you’ve probably heard that Game of Thrones‘ eighth season has been a disappointment—whether you’ve heard it from your disgruntled friends or from your own mouth, screaming at the TV. It’s difficult to watch characters we love and identify with have such anticlimactic endings unworthy of all that they’ve accomplished. The show has been on the air for eight years, and not everyone considers what a significant weight eight years can carry. In the span of eight years, a student could begin high school and graduate college. In the span of eight years, most successful romantic relationships become marriages (statistically, most couples date for two before engagement). Consider your own group of friends—how many have you known for that long, nearly the full span of a decade? But you’ve known Jaime, Cersei, Dany, Arya. Maybe you were a child back then—not a small one, but fifteen, sixteen, seventeen. It’s been eight years, and you aren’t anymore.

This is the reason people are so angry with the trajectory of the final season: not petty Twitter drama or ill-considered ingratitude, but real emotional investment, completely squandered.

So why keep watching? Eight years.

Booze & Books(tr) drinking games are usually celebratory, but this week, we’re guessing you won’t be raising your glasses to toast. Here are some predictions for the upcoming finale

 

 

Jon, Dany, & Arya - who will kill whom?

Image Via Decider

 

 

Drink if…

 

1. There’s a line of sexist dialogue (i.e., Sansa’s sexual trauma made her stronger)

2. A beloved characters’ story arc is left hanging (i.e., Brienne’s story would have been complete once knighted, but instead, she made herself vulnerable and was abandoned after seasons worth of character development)

3. A beloved character does something we don’t love quite as much. In “The Bells,” Dany, Jaime, and Arya all make choices that many feel are out of line with the trajectory of their character development. (Whether or not I agree with all three complaints is something I’ll keep to myself.)

4. An unnecessarily long shot of a relatively unimportant event. YES, I’m referring to Arya’s deus-ex-machina white steed. If you didn’t catch that the white horse may have been a biblical allusion to Conquest, one of Revelation’s four horsemen, thirty extra seconds of screen time probably didn’t make a difference.

5. Yara Greyjoy does nothing. The writers this season seem to continually forget some of the coolest things about their own script until they’re absolutely necessary—for example, that dragons can breathe fire.

6. Major plot points are left unresolved. Audiences still feel that Bran and the Night King’s stories aren’t finished yet, particularly because the narrative places so much emphasis on this plotline and then offers a relatively quick solution.

 

 

Arya, face bloodied, stares at the pale horse

Image Via Thrillist

 

 

TWO DRINKS IF…

1. Khal Drogo returns to life… if you can call it that. Click the link for the theory!

2. There’s a dragon out there that the audience doesn’t know about.

3. Varys poisoned Dany before his execution.

4. Sansa will rule Westeros. (Note: this is Stephen King’s preferred outcome.)

5. Arya kills Dany—she always intended to kill “the Queen,” after all.

6. Jaime isn’t dead. If he’s not, can we please get a fully-rounded character arc?

7. Dany becomes the Night Queen.

 

And as always…

FINISH YOUR DRINK IF…

Your favorite character dies—or all your hopes for the ending do, whichever comes first.

 

 

Featured Image Via Thehindu.com

Tyrion, pouring himself that big drink we all need.

Booze & Books(tr): Your ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.

 

Image result for game of thrones cersei drinking wine

Gif Via Hello Giggles

 

Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

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Gif Via Giphy

 

TAKE A DRINK IF…

  1. There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
  2. Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
  3. Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…
  4. OR Jon and Dany full-on fight it out.
  5. Tyrion betrays Daenerys.
  6. The Night King isn’t dead; BRAN is the Night King
  7. Or Bran is the Lord of Light?
  8. Daenerys’ dragons die.
  9. Tyrion and Sansa remain married.

 

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Gif Via Tenor

 

Finish Your Drink if…

  1. Brienne and Jaime end up in a relationship
  2. Gendry is killed when Dany discovers his claim to the throne
  3. Daenerys ends up the final villain
  4. Jaime is the one to kill his sister-slash-ex-lover
  5. ARYA is the one to kill Cersei (brown eyes, blue eyes, GREEN eyes, y’all)
  6. Cersei dies giving birth to Jaime’s child (which would still follow the valonqar prophecy)
  7. ARYA USES JAIME’S FACE TO KILL CERSEI
  8. Your favorite character dies (if anything happens to Sansa, there’s not a drink in this world strong enough…)

 

 

Featured Image Via VinePair.

A group of friends toasting. To books? Possibly.

Booze & Books(tr): 7 Delicious Book & Beer Pairings

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be changing it up with a booze-book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be paring classic books with soon-to-be-classic beer. So, friends, read up & drink up. By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

1. Lord of the Flies – Natty Light

 

'Lord of the Flies' William Golding & Natty Light Images Via AMazon & Thrillist

 

Lord of the Flies is about a classroom full of boys getting trapped together and resorting to savagery, which sounds to me like just about every frat party I’ve ever attended. The parallels don’t end there: we can assume they didn’t have a wide variety of beverage options. And that’s what Natty Light is: not your top pick, what happens to be there, preferable to cannibalism.

 

 

2. LESS THAN ZERO – BRETT YEAST & HELLES

 

'Less Than Zero' and Brett, Yeast, & Helles

Images Via Amazon & untappd

 

Let’s get real: Less Than Zero pairs well with just about any intoxicating substance, both because that’s what the book is all about and because you might need a buzz to handle some of this violence and apathy. A disturbing tale of debauchery and indifference, Less Than Zero warns that the only thing you might want to have in common with these characters is a drink (or more). By the time the book reaches its horrific conclusion, you’ll have reached the bottom of the bottle.

 

3. anna karenina – baby daddy

 

'Anna Karenina' & Baby Daddy

Images via Goodreads & Wine Searcher

 

Unlike poor Anna, let’s hope that this Baby Daddy isn’t the reason for your untimely demise. Actually, let’s just say we hope a Baby Daddy is the only thing you and Anna have in common. Just remember that too much of a good thing is definitely, definitely a bad thing… especially if the ‘good’ thing is an extra-marital affair, in which case, it probably wasn’t that good of a thing to begin with.

 

4. 1984 – THE TRUTH

 

'1984' & The Truth

Image Via Untappd

 

The truth is that 1984 wasn’t that far off, and that would be a good punch line for a joke if it were a joke at all. Flying Dog’s  concept behind this popular beer is unabashed capitalism: “Full Disclosure: This beer came to fruition because we saw a gap in our portfolio and we wanted to increase our market share. Sometimes the truth hurts. But most often, it’s damn refreshing.”  Is this less a concept and more a statement of fact? Sure. But the idea of psychological manipulation and control is prevalent throughout 1984, making it an excellent pair. Also, this drink is as strong as you’ll want it to be.

 

5. THE ROAD – SIT DOWN SON

 

'The Road' & Sit Down Son

Images Via Amazon & Passion Vines

 

“Sit down, son,” is possibly what The Road’s unnamed father said to his unnamed son as he explained that he would, potentially, one day shoot himself with one of the family’s two rounds of ammo to avoid being eaten by cannibals. Let’s hope that this experience (that of having a beer and knowing that you’ll never force anyone to strip naked at gunpoint) is much more enjoyable.

 

6. THE HOBBIT – DRAGONS & YUMYUMS

 

'The Hobbit' Dragon & Yumyums

Images Via Amazon & Untappd

 

The Hobbit pairs perfectly with this fun, fruity ale, a comforting yet sweet taste to remind you of all your nostalgic feelings towards Tolkien’s beloved series. The beer also comes in an unusual color: a particularly vivid pink sure to remind you of summer days and the beautiful sweep of that New Zealand landscape. Hobbits pretty much live to chill with their friends, and why shouldn’t you? Crack one of these open and get (lit)erary. No one would stop you from adding some pipeweed.

 

7. FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS – DEATH BEFORE DISCO

 

'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' & Death Before Disco

Image Via Amazon & Lynchburg craft beer cellar

Although Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas was released in the 1970s (so, before disco, you may note) it was actually written during the 1960s. The novel depicts an intense spiritual death, the end of the hippie zeitgeist and the senseless space between generations. While the novel contains little actual death, it’s filled with an annihilation of ideas, from hotel rooms to fast cars—American symbols broken open to reveal the ugliness inside. There was plenty of death after and during disco, too, but little of it has captured so vividly. I’ll drink to that.

 

Featured Image Via The List.

 

 

Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game: Fantasy Edition

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’ll be playing a fantasy drinking game—so if your fantasy is a glass of something strong, we think you’re going to like what happens next.

Rules: Imagine any work of fantasy, YA or otherwise. You might have more fun if you choose something that employs a lot of tropes*… but you’ll probably have fun either way! By the end of this game, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

TAKE ONE DRINK IF…

 

Our protagonist is…

 

1. ‘Chosen’ or destined for some serious cataclysmic showdown…

 

"But I am the Chosen One."

Image Via DesignContest

 

…to save a world they previously knew nothing about…

…and is completely under-qualified for said task (sixteen, never held a sword, etc.)

 

2. Naturally gifted at an extremely useful skill…

 

D&D Elven Script

Image Via Obsidian Portal

 

Despite having no previous experience. (Let’s get real: if you studied Tolkien’s elven script for two straight weeks, you wouldn’t be fluent. More like you’d be asking directions to the bathroom and ordering lembas bread with all the dignity of a toddler.)

 

3. Conveniently related to a major-player in our fantasy world, whether they’re the child of nobility or the disregarded latchkey kid of our looming force of darkness…

 

Jame Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland

Image Via Edmonton Journal

 

…and doesn’t know it yet. (Don’t worry; it’ll come up at the most dramatic possible moment.)

 

Our Setting is…

 

1. Ambiguously Medieval-European…

…which serves little purpose except to populate the landscape with only white characters.

 

The Shire

Image Via Paste Magazine

 

2. Suspiciously lacking in technological progression over a long period of time. (We’re not talking iPhones, y’all. Even feudalism didn’t last for 1,000 years.)

 

Our Villain is…

 

1. A vanquished threat that has definitely gone away and would never come back for something as cheap as a plot twist!

 

Voldemort returns.

Image Via Youtube

 

2. Unabashedly evil—we’re not talking villains who think what they’re doing is right. This is more your ‘I want to end the world and don’t seem to understand it’s where I keep all my stuff’ sort of motivation.

 

3. Not just one unabashedly evil character but instead, an entire empire devoted specifically to wickedness. Like, can we talk about the mechanics of such a place? They have to have some sort of industry. What do they produce, blood? And you KNOW they’re not cashing in off the tourism industry. Is there some sort of evil hotel? Does that offer room service? We need answers.

 

Mordor, aforementioned evil empire

Shadow of War Wiki

 

Still with us?

 

We hope you had a fantas(tic) time, and we’ll see you next week!

 

*Here’s our disclaimer where we assure you we are aware that The Lord of the Rings, while it employs many of these tropes, doesn’t abuse them. In fact, it’s where a good amount of them come from. And, while our dear friend H. P. wasn’t the first Chosen One to exist, his story lead the way for the many that followed. Tropes aren’t inherently a bad thing—since they probably just got you absolutely hammered, we’d say they’re pretty great!

 

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Elizabeth Banks in The Hunger Games

Booze & Books(tr): Your Weekly Bookish Drinking Game: YA Dystopia Edition

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings.

To give you a little preview, here’s a suggestion we can offer right now: any drink and any book. (Don’t worry; they’ll be more detailed than that. But you have to admit, it’s the perfect combo.)

This week is our YA edition. That’s right, we’re going YA dystopia on your asses.

Rules: 

Select your favorite YA dystopia novel— We’re thinking The Hunger Games, Divergent, you get it.

Take a drink every time one of the following tropes occurs!

 

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

Take one drink if…

 

  1. The protagonist is a thin, white person who is extremely physically fit as a result of a life lived on the land…
Katniss running
Image Via Lionsgate

 

2. It quickly becomes clear that this attractive, noble young person is the ONLY one who can save humanity from the regime that is currently in power,..

 

3. Humanity recently came close to extinction as a result of a disaster that is only ever vaguely explained and is referred to by some sort of ambiguous name like the Ending…

 

Shailene Woodley in Divergent
Image Via IGN

 

4. Nothing in this world has an actual name and everything is called the basic name for what it is, but capitalized e.g: “Ever since the Ending, we have attended the School, run by the Professors, where we learn to be the best Wives we can be, for our future Lords.”

 

5. The events of the story are catalysed by the protagonist’s fifteenth, sixteenth or seventeenth birthday…

 

 

Maze Runner
Image Via Variety

 

The protagonist’s love interest is of a different Group / Race / Class / Dimension and therefore their love is Forbidden…

 

The agents of the regime in power have a name like the Deceivers or the Deputies or the Hounds and they will show up at every point to wreak havoc.

 

Still with us?

If so, maybe it’s time for you to drink the Cure!