Favourite Love Stories

To celebrate Valentine’s day, I decided to reveal some of my favourite love stories featured in novels. I usually don’t read books that focus solely on a love story with nothing more happening throughout the plot besides the couple trying to get together or solve any problems they may have. I enjoy books featuring loves stories, but they have to be accompanied by a compelling plot, witticism, an interesting historical background, an epic adventure, or an array of complex characters.

I will try not to reveal many significant plot points about the books I am about to mention, but in order to convey my thoughts on some of the relationships I can’t completely avoid spoilers. So, if you haven’t read the following books and really don’t want to know too many things about them, it’s better not to read the short texts under my choices.

In no special order, these are some of my favourite love stories featured in books: Continue reading

Favourite Book-to-TV Adaptations: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most talked-about TV shows of the last 10 years. If you’ve never heard of it, you’ve probably been living under a rock. But I will give you a short introduction before you have to leave so not to be spoiled. The first season premiered in 2011 and since then it has broken records in Emmy nominations and illegal downloads worldwide. It is an adaptation of the yet to be completed A Song of Ice and Fire book series by the American fantasy author George R.R. Martin. However, the latest season has outpaced the currently five published novels.

Both the novels and the TV show take place in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. Westeros was once divided into seven kingdoms, which are now nine regions, each one of them having a lord protector, member of a great House, who serves the king sitting on the Iron Throne. At the beginning of the books and the show, that king is Robert Baratheon, who won a rebellion against the Targaryens years prior the events taking place. The Targaryens are the family that had managed to unite the seven kingdoms hundreds of years before, mainly because they had… dragons!

After Robert’s Rebellion, the only two surviving Targaryens moved to Essos, remaining there in exile. One of the main strands of the story focuses on the siblings Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen, whose aim is to return home and take back their father’s throne. Meanwhile in Westeros, the great Houses are playing dangerous power games that leave various traces of turmoil. Throughout the first season and book, we become acquainted with Houses Stark, Baratheon, Lannister and Greyjoy. But the number of Houses and characters keeps growing as the story progresses. Continue reading