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6 Must-Watch ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Parodies

I hear you: What are the top 6 Game of Thrones Musical Parodies that have come out since the show’s premiere?

Well, we’ve come up with a list that’s sure to get your foot tapping. And the best part? These songs can be played anywhere. About to watch Game of Thrones and play Musical chairs? These songs will help you out. About to invite the Freys to a wedding? These songs will definitely help you out.

6. “A Character I Used to Know”

 

This song hurts me. Like, really hurts me. It rewinds time, bringing up memories when everything was sweet and I fell in love with “a certain HBO show”. Watching this show late at night with friends, I saw this darkly but strangely funny show with some of my favorite actors.

OMG Sean Bean? He was in that James Bond movie!

 

Sean Bean in James Bond

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Ah. He died in that movie. And he’s in a fantasy now? Again? Hey guys, remember how he got shoot with a dozen arrows in Lord of the Rings?

Tyrion
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Is that Peter Dinklage? He was the dude in Elf! I loved it when he beat Will Ferrell half to death.

 

Peter Dinklage in Elf
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Good times. But the song slowly, steadily, it pulls me forwards, making me relive the death of not just my favorite characters, but even characters I forgot I loved. Khal Drogo? Robert Baratheon? As the song says, “So many characters dropping off like flies / that’s when I was forced to realize/that the show would ruin my whole life forever.”

 

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Then comes Ned Stark. Why is it always Ned Stark? Oh, I remember now…because of all us TV show watchers thought he was the main character! He was on the poster, as the song cleverly reminds me.

Oh, and guess what? This song is from July 2nd, 2013. You know what happened on June 2nd, 2013? The Red Wedding aired. At least these girls had an outlet for their grief. But that’s not the worst part.

 

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The worst part is this song is from 2013, where the names of all the dead characters fit easily into the length of a song? Ah, those were the good old days.

By the way, the beat is killer.

 

5 – GAME OF THRONES MEDLEY (Monster, Roar, Demons, & Titanium Parody)

 

Released April 16th, 2014, this mash up combines different musical styles as we travel through Westeros and they fit just like a glove.

What song does does Daenerys Targaryen parody? Well, she has blond hair, purple eyes, and THREE DRAGONS. Dragons breathe fire, and I’m afraid of burning alive. So what song goes with Daenerys Targaryen? Skillet’s song Monster. Yep, that fits.

What about House Lannister? Well, they’re lions and you know what lions do? They roar, like Katy Perry’s hit.

 

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And then we get Jon Snow rapping, and we’re just about halfway through.

Just watch it.

 

4. Blank Page

It’s been a long running meme that George R R Martin likes to watch you cry because he just killed off your favorite character.

 

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But at least he hasn’t sung about it.

Oh wait! Released March 12th, 2015, this video has George R R Martin doing his best Taylor Swift impression and it flies off the charts. With lyrics like “Sorry Sean Bean” and “I get off on killing everyone you love” I think we can cool it off with the “George R.R. Martin is lazy” joke because, let’s face it, as soon as he releases Winds of Winter, we’re going to be cry again.

 

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3. The Red Keep: Tango

 

 

Winter is coming has never sounded so joyful. Released April 16 2015, this magnificent parody of Cell Block Tango from the best musical ever Chicago will ignite your heart with joy as quickly as Denearys shouts, “Decarys!”

This fabulous 7 minute song goes through all the major female characters in Game of Thrones, from Cersei joyfully describing the death of Robert Baratheon to Brienne of Tarth melancholy when talking about Renly death, you’ll have your foot tapping in no time.

 

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Plus, who else wants to see Cersei actually being happy? Like, ‘I’m so happy I want to sing!’ kind of happy. If the next season doesn’t have Cersei singing, I’ll riot. Who’s with me?

 

2. JON SNOW (Meghan Trainor “NO” Parody) – Game of Thrones

 

 

Spoiler Alert. Remember when Jon was dead for a long time and your friends were debating if he was coming back. This parody is for you.

Twenty-five in and this became one of my favorites songs of 2019. Yes, I know this song came out on April 18th, 2016, but this only goes to highlight our love of Jon Snow. Remember when he died? You didn’t believe it for a second.

 

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Released in a time when Jon Snow’s fate was up in the air, this song captures that denial. “I will not let him go/I will not let him go” she sings, and it pulls at my heart strings. Yes, I too refused to my cynical side take over and admit that “my favorite crow” was dead.

And now I feel vindicated that he’s alive, and you can too.

 

Zombie Jon Snow

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1. Westerosi Rhapsody

 

 

So what’s a good band? Queen. You know what’s their best song? Death of two legs. But Bohemian Rhapsody is also up there, and since Bohemian Rhapsody is pop culture’s anthem, why wouldn’t you combined it with Games of Thrones. Released July 12th, 2017, I’m surprised no one did it before. Okay, someone probably did, but it’s not as good as this.

 

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This is the best thing I’ve heard since I heard Queen for the first time.

Recapping the series up to Season 6, this song replaced key moments from the song such as “Mama, just killed a man/put a gun against his head/pulled my trigger now he’s dad” with “Your mama/she’s your aunt as well/which means your father is also your uncle” as well as singing the show’s highlights. Tywin on the toilet? Walder Frey sitting at the Red Wedding? Theon Greyjoy transforming into Reek? It’s all here, and they sing about it.

 

Tywin on the toliet
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Plus “Scaramouch, Scaramouch” is replaced with “Drink the whine, drink the whine!”

It’s hilarious, and if you want a recap you’re not going to get much better. I mean, it’s Queen meets Game of Thrones for crying out loud.

 

 

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James Bond

Brand New James Bond Book Will Shake, Not Stir, 007 Fans

I can’t think of a more classic action series and franchise than that of James Bond and the 007 films. In my mind, there’s no one who can look quite as sleek and cool as James Bond and his beautiful Bond girl. How did they look so good while fighting off the corrupt villains? Beats me, but the series author Ian Fleming left quite a bit of Bond material behind, and fans want more. Maybe, just maybe, now we’ll get it.

 

'Forever and a Day'

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Anthony Horowitz, author of the adrenaline-packed Alex Rider series, received authorization from the Fleming Estate to take on the famous series… with a prequel! Forever and a Day will be the precursor to the 1953 novel Casino Royale. It’s going to follow Bond’s very first mission, the one that turned him into the iconic figure he is.
 

 

Anthony Harowitz

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According to the Guardian, publisher Jonathan Cape explained that the novel will start with body of a previous agent designated as 007 being found afloat in the waters near Marseilles. His cause of death is unknown; this is where James Bond steps in to take his place: 

 

M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. ‘We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.’ ‘It’s Bond, sir,’ the Chief of Staff replied. ‘James Bond.’

 

Does it get any cooler? This is Horowitz’s second Bond novel, the first being Trigger Mortis: With Original Material by Ian Fleming, a sort of spin-off, but this one is even more promising. “I couldn’t have been happier when the Ian Fleming estate invited me back to write a second Bond,” says Horowitz. Even Fleming’s nephew is thrilled about the work, saying that it’s “in the best tradition of Ian Fleming.”

 

After Fleming’s fourteen Bond novels, we have reason to believe this work (which will be out on May 31st) will be a great introduction to how this agent became the legend. 

 

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Katniss Everdeen and Piggy

Perfect Couples From Different Books

While true love is timeless, and generally knows no bounds, things get complicated when the perfect pair lives in different books. Luckily, we’re happy to play matchmaker, and point compatible characters in each other’s directions.

 

Here are some potential romances we’d love to see blossom:

 

1. Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” and Piggy from “Lord of the Flies”

 

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Piggy is near and dear to any good book lover’s heart. Savagely squashed beneath a boulder, Piggy had been a symbol of unity amongst his vicious comrades. He might be under a rock, but we think crossing paths with Katniss would give him a different sort of crush.

 

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As the Mockingjay, Katniss is also a symbol of unity. Imagine discovering that commonality on Tinder. “Hey, you also represent hope to a dispossessed populace? No way!”

 

2. Don Quixote and Luna Lovegood from “Harry Potter”

 

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These two daydreamers are known believers in the unbelievable, but the prospect of their romance would make even the most cynical soul believe in true love. If anyone can share in Don Quixote’s delusions, it would surely be Luna Lovegood.

 

Luna Lovegood wearing funny goggles

Those goggles could make any windmill look like a giant / via Pinterest

 

The age gap may be a little troublesome, but perhaps they can just imagine they’re closer in age. Remember, the power of imagination is limitless.

 

Spongebob making a rainbow with his hands.

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3. Marvin the Paranoid Android from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye”

 

Marvin and Holden Caulfield

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One of the most depressed, cynical lifeforms in the galaxy is Marvin the Paranoid Android. The other is a 16-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who really hates…pretty much the entire human race. Holden Caulfield might find love in a nonhuman, though. Who better to set him up with than Marvin? If ever Holden has concerns about the migration patterns of New York City ducks, then Marvin will give him the answer he most craves, but one of the best examples of this comes from the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” movie…

 

Arthur Dent: Marvin, any ideas?
Marvin: I have a million ideas. They all point to certain death.

 

4. Lady Macbeth and James Bond

 

Lady Macbeth and James Bond

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There may not be a woman better suited to be a Bond girl than Lady Macbeth. If Bond was to get on her bad side, she wouldn’t hesitate to cut him down to size. She might like him better than Macbeth anyway since he doesn’t have any hang-ups with ghosts. Plus, they’re both Scottish.

 

James Bond holding a gun

“A medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred–what’s that, dear? Nevermind. Just a seltzer.” / via Playbuzz

 

5. Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Sherlock Holmes

 

Lisbeth Salander and Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes likes tricky women like Irene Adler, and Lisbeth Salander likes troubled sleuths like Mikail Blomkvist. Salander’s expert hacking is a tricky prospect indeed, but Holmes is no stranger to possibly unsavory behavior (like being addicted to cocaine). Plus, if this romance is adapted by Hollywood, it would unite Benedict Cumberbatch and Rooney Mara…finally.

 

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6. Tigger from “The House at Pooh Corner” and Shere Khan from “Jungle Book”

 

Tigger and Shere Khan

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There are so many wonderful things about Tiggers that there’s a whole song about it.

 

 

But does Shere Khan deserve him? Sure, he’s a murderous bully, but every ferocious feline has got a cute house cat beneath the surface. He just needs a bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy tiger life partner to bring out his sensitive side.

 

Now let’s hear from you. What characters from different books do you want to see get together?

 

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6 Actors We Would Love to Narrate Audiobooks

Summer is the perfect season for audiobook; whether you’re dilly-dallying on your way to work, trying to make the most of your moments in the sun, sunbathing on any available surface, or, if you’re super lucky, going on vacation (woohoo!).

 

We’ve rounded up the smoothest voices in Hollywood we would love to hear, and the books we think would best suit them! 

 

1. Julie Andrews

Julie’s soothing lilt has cropped up in some of our favorite fairy-tale films such as ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Enchanted,’ not to mention the classic ‘Mary Poppins.’ Everything her tender tones touch seems to turn to gold. 

 

Julie Andrews

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Suggested BookA Little Princess

Since she’s already an old-hand at all things princess, we think Francis Hodgson Burnett’s ‘A Little Princess‘ would be perfect. A childhood favorite of many, this moving novel follows Sarah, who, having grown up in India, is sent to boarding school in England when her father is conscripted. 

 

2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman must have the most beloved voice in Hollywood, and we can’t think of anything we wouldn’t want to hear his rich tones recite! We’d happily listen to him reading the phone book, a take-out menu, a list of every type of lawnmower ever manufactured, the ingredients in a tin of Spam…ANYTHING.

 

Morgan Freeman

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Suggested BookThe Road

…BUT, given the choice, we would love to hear him read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ This dystopian tale follows a father and son as they make their way across bleak landscapes. We think Freeman’s famous voice would lend a wonderful dimension to this dark story.

 

3. Cate Blanchett

Blanchett’s narration at the start of the Lord of the Rings movies is pretty intoxicating, her voice at once soothing and powerful just like you might expect from an elven queen. 

 

Cate Blanchett

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Suggested BookA Series of Unfortunate Events

Blanchett is such a versatile actor, filling roles as diverse as Bob Dylan, Katharine Hepburn, and Queen Elizabeth I. With this in mind, we’d love to hear her reading ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ Lemony Snicket’s best-selling series boasts an ever-changing cast of characters as well as some constants (like Count Olaf) who are constantly cropping up under different guises. The books are narrated by the character Lemony Snicket, but given the various male roles Blanchett has taken on before, we’re sure she’d pull it off.

 

4. Idris Elba 

Everybody loves Idris Elba’s cheeky London twang, and we know from his various roles that he’s capable of affecting many different accents.

 

Idris Elba with hands together looking at camera

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Suggested BookJames Bond books

Touted by many as being the perfect successor to Daniel Craig in the role of 007, we would love to hear Elba reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. It’s looking unlikely that he will land the role, due to scheduling conflicts, but hearing him read the books would definitely be the next best thing!

 

5. Kristen Stewart

We can’t get enough of Stewart’s laid-back, husky voice which always lends serious believability to her acting.

 

Kirsten Stewart with blond buzzcut

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Suggested BookTithe

We’d love to hear Stewart narrate ‘Tithe‘ by ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ author Holly Black. This dark modern day fairy tale is narrated by deadpan teenager Kay who spends her days touring with her mother’s band until she is sucked into the dark world of faerie-land. Stewart’s chilled out, authentic voice would be perfect for this cool character, not to mention she has experience voicing characters unwittingly sucked into supernatural worlds!

 

7. Evanna Lynch

‘Harry Potter’s’ Luna Lovegood has one of the most soothing voices in Hollywood, and one we don’t get to hear enough. Hailing from Louth, Ireland, she already has audiobook experience, narrating ‘Foster’ by Irish author Claire Keegan. 

 

Evanna Lynch

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Suggested BookSpare and Found Parts

We think Evanna would be perfect to narrate Sarah Maria Griffin’s new YA sci-fi novel ‘Spare and Found Parts.‘ Set in dystopian Dublin, Ireland, this story follows Nell who sets about building her own companion out of spare parts. 

 

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