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Deva (DevaParanormal) | 931 comments Mod
Any fans here? Any fans notice theirs not many of ANY other race on the show?

I think it's a great show. I originally began watching because Jason Momoa was on but since being killed in Season 1 ... Theirs no other fineness to look forward to, lol. But aside from him, their was no one other than caucasian everything and it seems as though a show on cable, like that, should give us a little something.

True Blood give us a bit of everything, as does Spartacus. So what's Game of Thrones' problem?


Ashley W | 1 comments I was actually turned off from the show because of the lack of ethnic people. Granted the show/book series is supposed to mimic the English Wars of the Roses, but that's no reason to make everyone Caucasian, especially because it's a fantasy.


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Makefetch | 78 comments I know that a few black/biracial actors have been cast for this season, Lucian Msamati (Salladhor Saan) , Nonso Anozie (I don't remember who he is playing) and another male actor who appears black or biracial and will share scenes with Dany.

I wonder if the black female characters Chataya and her daughter will be left out of the show in favor of Roz (the hardest working prostitute in Westeros.)

ETA: Now that I think about it, I can't remember is Chataya is in book 2 or not. They all blend together in my head.


Deva (DevaParanormal) | 931 comments Mod
Thanks for that info, I had no idea.


Tina | 89 comments Ashley wrote: "I was actually turned off from the show because of the lack of ethnic people. Granted the show/book series is supposed to mimic the English Wars of the Roses, but that's no reason to make everyone ..."

I am the opposite. My opinion is that in speculative fiction, especially, the author's vision of his place and peoples is his vision. When world-building they have no obligation to think about diversity. It would be nice if they did, and it would make their world more convincing, but I don't feel they need to, necessarily.

I do, however, find it completely unacceptable in SF/ futuristic novels especially involving earth and humans for a world to have no diversity, that makes no realistic sense -- unless there was some comet that killed off all the brown people in the year 3012 or something.

That said, as mentioned above there are folks of color in the series. I believe the Dornish are darker hued as are the Summer Isles folk and several of them do make an appearance in later books.

The first book concentrates really just on the Starks, Lannisters and Daenerys. The second book expands a bit to dead ex-king Robert's family with his brothers declaring themselves king, but it is still confined largely to Westeros.

But by the third book the world expands a bit and we see a lot more types of people.


Makefetch | 78 comments "But by the third book the world expands a bit and we see a lot more types of people. "

..and by the fourth book Martin just stops caring and just turns the series into sh*t.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) (Gatadelafuente) | 200 comments I agree with Tina. I haven't read the books yet, so I can't speak for them. As far as the show and what I've seen so far, it doesn't bother me because that is the world that GRRM created. It's not a realistic world in our sense and so far, he seems to be modeling his world on a European type setting in the past. If this was supposed to be real life/modern day and a metropolitan area, or based on the real world in the future, then my lack of diversity alarm goes off.

I'm actually quite fond of Jon Snow and Tyrion. I thought Khal Drago was okay.


L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments I became a BIG FAN of the show after seeing an episode sometime in February. I was upset that Daenerys wasn't african/some-brown-type because you don't see black people with DRAGONS and have impressive storylines like her's. Anyway, GoT is a good show (wish it didnt have all that sex) and I would love it if they had more diversity. I also wished Khal Drogo looked better.

It's good that shows like Merlin touch on diversity. GoT could learn from it. A black Guenivere was truly surprising.


TheFountainPenDiva | 145 comments Nipaporn wrote: "It's good that shows like Merlin touch on diversity. GoT could learn from it. A black Guenivere was truly surprising..."

LOL, don't tell the angry hordes of fangirls that. Most of them absolutely HATE the character of Guinevere because she's black.


L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Vixenne wrote: "Nipaporn wrote: "It's good that shows like Merlin touch on diversity. GoT could learn from it. A black Guenivere was truly surprising..."

LOL, don't tell the angry hordes of fangirls that. Most..."


WHAT?? Really? Wh...what? I see a ton of Guemivere fan art! I didn't know the fan girls hated her! This world needs to grow up. It's people like them that make directors not want to cast black actors.


L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Vixenne wrote: "Nipaporn wrote: "It's good that shows like Merlin touch on diversity. GoT could learn from it. A black Guenivere was truly surprising..."

LOL, don't tell the angry hordes of fangirls that. Most..."


WHAT?? Really? Wh...what? I see a ton of Guemivere fan art! I didn't know the fan girls hated her! This world needs to grow up. It's people like them that make directors not want to cast black actors.


Deva (DevaParanormal) | 931 comments Mod
It's true girl, they can't stand her. She's probably one of my favorite black fantasy characters of all time. She's got this amazing quiet strength that no other heffa in fantasy has. BTW ... I bow to her as my Queen, lol.


Deva (DevaParanormal) | 931 comments Mod
Question ... I don't know why I never thought to ask this about the fan girls that hate her. Are the fan girls that hate her American? British? Or are they both a mix of American and British? Anyone know or have an idea?


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) (Gatadelafuente) | 200 comments I would think they are American. I think the Brits are used to having a lot more blacks on tv than Americans are.


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L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "I would think they are American. I think the Brits are used to having a lot more blacks on tv than Americans are."

You have a point. In all the shows I've seen from Britain (Children of Men, Merlin, Bend it like Beckham, EUReKA, Being Human, Nightschool and a few others) they have a lot more black characters than American shows and in British shows, the black characters don't get killed off like mice that got hit with the Plague. Nightschool, which is written by Svetlana Chmakova, is especially wonderful when it comes to the black characters. The same goes for Soulfire by Michael Turner (I've never seen black faeries before!) and my series The Society On Da Run (african americans with DRAGONS!! Finally!).


Tina | 89 comments I am convinced that the fandom that hates Gwen is an intersect between those who have a problem with her being black and those who have slash fantasies of Arthur and Merlin that she is getting in the way of. Truthfully, I think the slashies outnumber the racists.


Deva (DevaParanormal) | 931 comments Mod
Nipaporn, a good book with a black fairy as the lead character ... A Kiss of Ashen Twilight (Ashen Twilight #1) by Rae Lori Within the Shadows of Mortals (Ashen Twilight #2) by Rae Lori

Is that Nightschool a graphic novel?


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L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Deva wrote: "Is that Nightschool a graphic novel?"

Yup, Nightscool is a manga by Sveltania Chmakova. I read it in Yen Press magazine. There's 4 books in the series and I think it may have ended: Nightschool  The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova Nightschool  The Weirn Books, Vol. 2 by Svetlana Chmakova Nightschool  The Weirn Books, Vol. 3 by Svetlana Chmakova Nightschool  The Weirn Books, Vol. 4 by Svetlana Chmakova

Here's the other two books I was talking about: Soulfire by Michael Lane Turner Dragons and Cicadas  The Society On Da Run by Nipaporn Baldwin

The books you suggested sounds really interesting! I'm excited to read it when I find it.


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L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Tina wrote: "I am convinced that the fandom that hates Gwen is an intersect between those who have a problem with her being black and those who have slash fantasies of Arthur and Merlin that she is getting in t..."

I think you are right, it is the Slashers that hate Guenivere. I used to write slashies for the Code Geass series and hated the character C.C, so I'm pretty sure it's the slashies that hate Gwen. I **used to** know how they feel.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) (Gatadelafuente) | 200 comments Slashers can be very ugly towards female characters in a fandom because they view them as being in the way of their supercouples. I'm not saying all slashers, by the way. My sister is very active in some fandoms with fan fiction writers, and she tells me about some of the drama, and I've also seen it in some fandoms I follow.


L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Lady Danielle "The Book Huntress" wrote: "Slashers can be very ugly towards female characters in a fandom because they view them as being in the way of their supercouples. I'm not saying all slashers, by the way. My sister is very active i..."

It makes me wonder why fan fic writers don't get over it. They could write their own parallel world where the characters they hate don't exist, that's what I had to do for Code Geass until I learned to love the characters I hate.


TheFountainPenDiva | 145 comments I used to write LoTR (Lord of the Rings) slash and that fandom was comprised of mostly older women/men so there was a lot less drama and genderfail, but oh man, the J-Rock fandom is a freaking nightmare!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) (Gatadelafuente) | 200 comments Exactly, Nipaporn. The way I look at it, isn't that the advantage of Fan Fiction? You can rewrite the history of that fandom according to your own specifications.

Vixenne, I think some fandoms are less problematic than others.


Jhenn (letthemeatcxke) | 17 comments I don't know where I've been, but I just started watching GoT. In fact, I just finished the first episode of season one. And I actually enjoyed it despite the few characters of color being shown as "barbarians". I tried to understand that those scenes were supposed to depict how foreign everything was to Dany (i.e. the forced marriage and beginning a new life in a place where she is ignorant of the customs, language, etc). But, it still irritated me that the Dothraki came across as the "scary brown people".
I had a huge problem with Dany's wedding night, as well, since I've read that it was totally different in the book.

The show definitely has issues, but I think I'll stick it out since I've discovered that there are characters of color that are introduced later on in the series.


TheFountainPenDiva | 145 comments Jheanelle wrote: "But, it still irritated me that the Dothraki came across as the "scary brown people"..."

I might have thought that way as well if I hadn't read the books already. What I came to realize is the real barbarians were supposedly the civilized people of Westros. They seemed to spend a lot more time killing each other for no other reason than power. The few nobles such as Ned who had some decency ended up getting whacked.


L'Poni (Lponi) | 41 comments Vixenne wrote: "Jheanelle wrote: "But, it still irritated me that the Dothraki came across as the "scary brown people"..."

I might have thought that way as well if I hadn't read the books already. What I came ..."


Please don't remind me about Ned. I never read the book and when they killed Ned I wanted to stop watching the show. I was rooting for him so much, now I have to root for his KIDS. Damn it, Ned, why did you have to think about HONOR???

Oh, if anyone is interested, I wrote a Game of Thrones flash story called The Harsh Reality of Winter and I daringly posted it to Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

It has a nice interracial premise and I tried to keep the medieval dialogue so it'll match the books. Tell me if I nailed it!


Tina | 89 comments Jheanelle wrote: "I don't know where I've been, but I just started watching GoT. In fact, I just finished the first episode of season one. And I actually enjoyed it despite the few characters of color being shown as..."

Oh man, I didn't get that at all. I am going to spoiler the some of this just in case.....it only refers to first season/book stuff, though.

I think it is pretty clear from the outset when you meet Cersei and Jaime and witness their incestuous relationship and realize they think nothing of throwing a young boy out of a high tower window, that we are really clearly to understand that the Lannisters ( minus Tyrion) are the real monsters. This is born out even more when you get an eye-ful of their evil spawn Joffrey.

OTOH, while I thought the Dothraki viewed as Barbarians by Daenerys' crazy brother, in reality the Dothraki had a very definable set of customs as horse-lords and were meant to be viewed as more honorable and actually more intelligent than Viserys realizes.

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TheFountainPenDiva | 145 comments @Tina: Exactly! I mean who decides who's a barbarian and who isn't? If you ask me, the Lannisters are far more barbaric than the Dothraki. The Dothraki have set customs that may not make sense to outsiders, but which have kept them strong as a people. The Lannisters simply love power and are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it.


Tina | 89 comments They just cast the part of Missandei with British bi-racial actress Nathalie Emmanuel. Missandei appears in the third book as a translator for Daenerys and by the time the fifth book is around she is a trusted member of Dany's retinue.

The third book is huge and I wonder if they can get it all in in just one season or if they are going to split it up. With the early casting if Missandei then I know that it at least gets to a really, really cool part with Daenerys and a group of warriors known as the 'The Unsullied.'


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