Tag: spinoffs

George R.R. Martin Blasts ‘GoT’s Fanbase Over ‘Toxic’ Reaction to Show’s Ending

 

According to The Huffington Post, George R.R. Martin, famed creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, which were the basis for Game of Thrones, has had it with the show’s fandom. He admitted he finds a ‘toxic’ atmosphere to online fandoms when he was a guest on ‘Maltin On Movies’ where he commented on the backlash to the ending of Game of Thrones, which was not warmly received by the fanbase (to say the least). He said that the internet has amplified toxic fandom to new heights, which was nothing like the old days of science fiction and fantasy communities. Martin directly said:

The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms — comics fans, science fiction fans in those days – was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the internet.

 

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The divisive reaction to the show’s reaction has effectively lit the show’s fandom on fire. There have been fan petitions, calling for the entire eighth season to be remade. Cast members such as Sophie Turner have criticized these petitions, calling them ‘disrespectful’ to the show’s creators and creative team. Criticism has been labeled against the show’s final series for ‘bad writing’, a rushed conclusion to the previous seven seasons of buildup, and complaints against decisions such as Daenerys burning King’s Landing to the ground despite the city’s surrender.

Still, the backlash seems to be a bit out of control. Maybe George is right and we should all calm down a little. After all, this IS just a tv show and these are just fictional characters. It may have been bad but that doesn’t negate the wonderful experience and remarkable achievement that Game of Thrones ultimately was. Plus, we have the books still to look forward to (if they ever come out) and more Game of Thrones spinoffs on the horizon, including a series about the origins of the White Walkers starring Naomi Watts.

What are your thoughts on the fandom backlash? Let us know in the comments!

 

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HBO’s Programming President Responds to Fan Backlash to ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale

According to Insider HBO’s programming boss Casey Bloys has absorbed the (somewhat intense) fan reaction to Game of Throne’s finale. Insider sat down in an interview with Bloys, asking him his personal stance on the interview. When asked about the fan backlash to how the show ended, Bloys noted you have to take online reactions with a grain of salt but he noted the show has a ‘passionate’ fanbase and some hated it, while others liked it, and he noted this was normal for any big series reaching its conclusion. Some fans will enjoy the finale, some won’t, and he thinks this is a normal part of the process. He noted the writers, Dave and Dan, had a plan for the very beginning. Some fans didn’t agree where the characters they loved went in the end but he believes they took the landing and managed a very difficult TV show all the way until the end.

 

Arya, Bran, and Sansa sit on three chairs in a row

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He further noted he was pleased with the water bottle situation, noting that it’s really great that fans are able to notice details like that and keep Game of Thrones in the media by talking about it in massive numbers. He noted the writers, Dave and Dan, were very ‘smart, methodical, and bright’. They had been doing this for a long time and there were no debates about whether the ending was to be changed. Bloys said it was always intended to end this way, even in the early seasons.

Furthermore, he noted production for the spinoff is underway (no word of what the first spinoff will be). The pilot, however, will be shot in June and the script, he noted, looks ‘great’. He did, however, say he didn’t want to overdo it with the spinoffs, noting HBO has much fantastic content beyond just Game of Thrones and he hopes to be developing more original properties to go along with potential spinoffs.

In conclusion, he noted the show wasn’t a juggernaut when it came out and it took time to become a cultural milestone, ending with the highest rated show ever for HBO with this finale. Bloys hopes to find the eventual next big thing but you can’t force it. It just evolves naturally but he hopes to keep the same level of quality in Thrones to all HBO’s other shows.

 

 

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George R.R. Martin Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs Are Moving Ahead

All things come to an end. In just a little over two weeks, the biggest tv show in the world will bow out at long last. Doubtlessly, the fanbase will be in tears and we’re extremely sad to see it go but also praying it has the ending we’ve all been hoping for. However, it appears that Game of Thrones content won’t come to an end so quickly and in fact, a whole wave of GOT media will be coming our way very soon!

According to the Huffington Post , George R.R. Martin has revealed plans are in place for the ‘successor shows’ to Game of Thrones and that they are moving ahead quite quickly. The shows will hit HBO in the next couple of years and the programming president hopes they live up to the tremendous high bar set by Game of Thrones. Martin further update fans via his personal blog, revealing several salivating details about the upcoming set of spinoffs!

 

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Martin said:

“The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories.”

Based on Martin’s statement, it appears the first spinoff in the works will be perhaps a prequel centered on the White Walkers, detailing their possibly origins and the first ‘Long Night’ that has become myth for the characters in the present era of Game of Thrones. Fire & Bloodmeanwhile, details the history of House Targaryan, centered around the era of Aegon and his descendants at the height of their power. Both spinoffs sound very exciting, filling in the gaps of Game of Throne’s detailed history and providing more context for how their events effect the characters today.

Furthermore, it is been revealed that none of the characters from the main show will be in the spinoffs, showcasing that they will be centered around a new cast. However, creators have revealed that the cast will feature ‘strong’ men and women, an ensemble as in the model of the parent show. One star has been announced to appear in The Long Night show, Naomi Watts, although the role she is supposed to play has not been revealed yet. But we’re very excited to see a spinoff chronicling the first clash between humanity and the white walkers. Maybe we’ll even see the origin of the Night King!

Are you looking forward to the eventual spinoffs? What are some ideas you can think of for potential successor shows? And are you sad to see the main show come an end? Let us know!

 

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Hermione Granger

Hermione Has a Quarter-Life Crisis in Horrifyingly Real Web Series

You Harry Potter fans are lovely people; you’re always opened to new ideas, spin-offs, and news. So, I hope you’ll be willing to give this a try: Hermione Granger has her own web series… with a twist! Because doesn’t everyone want more Hermione?

 

Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis or HGQLC is the fan-created series all about Ms. Granger and her twenty-five-year-old self in a post-Hogwarts world. Black actress, Ashley Romans, plays the witch herself and we’re psyched to have her on board. Never again do we want to see people lash out about a colored woman playing Hermione like they did when Rowling picked the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast a couple years ago. We love Hermione no matter what, we just want the story!

 

So, upon turning twenty-five, she leaves her boyfriend (poor old Ron), quits her job at the Ministry of Magic, and heads to L.A. for a new adventure with some familiar characters (Draco Malfoy! Say what?) and not so familiar. Now is as good a time as any to dive into more Harry Potter fan works, so check out the trailer and catch up on the seasons!

 

 

You’ll see very contemporary characteristics and issues dealt with in this show, through both Hermione’s friends and the different journeys they take. Pretty sweet right? We’ve loved Hermione for all these years because of her intelligence, self-assurance, wit, and loyalty. Now, we get to see a vulnerable side; a side that’s a bit more relatable for us muggles. Perhaps there are no spells on how to live the right way; no potions to make the right choice for every decision. The first episode below shows Hermione’s bouncing back from her twenty-fifth birthday.

 

 

This series began almost a year ago and has raked in thousands of views and followers. Yet, it’s still funny that no matter how rocky her path may be, we still can count on her being the smartest witch in the room.  

 

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7 Sherlock Holmes Spin-Offs

It’s a rare, but spectacular thing—a fictional character comes to life for millions of readers worldwide. A truly remarkable character, like a catchy song, can be difficult to get out of your head and/or heart.  One of the most beloved characters of all time, Sherlock Holmes, has appeared many times outside of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. He’s been featured in movies, televisions shows, and, of course, books. Here is a list of seven books by authors so taken by the famous detective and his companions that they were compelled to add an episode to the ongoing saga of his life and times.  

 

Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits’ Curse by Martin Davies

Mrs. Hudson is the name of Holmes’s newly appointed housekeeper. Along with Flottie, an orphan girl in her care, Mrs. Hudson takes it upon herself to help Holmes and Watson solve their latest case, which involves, as the title suggests, a curse from beyond the natural world. Yikes!  

 

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Spoiler Alert: Holmes isn’t in this one. Moriarty picks up where the Arthur Conan Doyle books end, with Holmes and his nemesis, the eponymous Moriarty, falling off a cliff. However, this thriller carries on the Holmes legacy by inhabiting the same world and injecting it with dark and urgent matters.  A must read for any Holmes fan.

 

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon

An eighty-nine year old retired detective is the protagonist of this one.  Though content in retirment, Holmes’ powers of detection are restimulated by a mute boy, whose parrot is stolen.  Because this is written by Chabon, readers can expect a more subtle and emotionally profound story than many of the others on this list.

 

The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr

The Italian Secretary begins with Holmes in the midst of dealing with a series of assassination attempts on Queen Victoria. Throughout, the book is an interesting mix of darkness and humor. An entertaining read for anyone wanting to spend a little more time with Holmes and Watson.

 

A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

A Slight Trick of the Mind, like Chabon’s book, picks up with Holmes in retirement.  He’s 93 and living in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her son.  Also like the Chabon novel, Holmes emerges from retirment to solve one final case. 

 

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

As the title suggests, the beekeeper (Holmes) finds an apprentice named Mary Russel, who is an intellectual equal and helps Holmes solve the story’s mystery regarding the kidnapped daughter of an American senator.

 

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Unique among the novels on this list, Death Cloud, focuses on Holmes’ early years. In this novel, the first in a series, Holmes is fourteen and staying with his uncle and aunt while on break from boarding school.  When two locals die with plague-like symptoms, Holmes sets out to discover what really happened.

 

Of course, Holmes has appeared in more books than the ones listed here.  Let us know which ones we’ve missed and which Holmes spin-off is your favorite!

 

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