Sunday, May 24, 2009

Arya • Daenerys

Arya is lonely. Her father is stressed and busy with council meetings, her wolf is gone, her butcher boy is in pieces, and her sister blames her for Lady's death. Even if Sansa would talk to her, they have nothing in common. Arya likes sword fighting, horseback riding, and being awesome, while Sansa's interests include sewing, betraying her family, and reinforcing traditional female gender roles. At dinner, Arya loses her appetite, tells her Septa to suck it, and contemplates running away as she hides in her room. Eddard visits her there, and in true Stark parenting style, allows his eight-year-old daughter to keep a deadly weapon. He also signs her up for sword fighting lessons, presumably because he wants Arya to accidentally decapitate the next poor butcher boy she befriends.

Arya’s "dancing" instructor is Syrio Forel, who apparently graduated from Wise Old Master University along with Pai Mei, Yoda, and Mr. Miyagi, because he has the complete repertoire of unorthodox methods, hidden skills, and a strange way of speaking. In her first POV chapter, Arya received a uberspecial sword. This is her second chapter, and she is already on her way to becoming a ruthless preteen killing machine. I see where they are going with this. In chapter three she will gain the power of flight, and chapter four will have her stopping bullets and traveling back in time.
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Dany isn’t having fun. Martin goes into graphic detail about how she rides hard during the day and gets ridden hard at night. It’s so bad that she contemplates suicide, but is stopped by some wacky empowering dragon dream. Soon, she’s beginning to tolerate and even enjoy her new life. As they travel, Dany becomes more confident, more aware of her unique situation, and more like a true Dothraki. The end of the chapter is very significant -- she is symbolically seizing control by becoming the rider instead of the mount. It’s also the first (and hopefully last) time I feel glad that a tiny thirteen-year-old was impregnated through public, animalistic sex with a gigantic horse lord.

Viserys is the exact opposite of his sister, growing more detached and delusional each day. Every time he goes off on one of his crazy wake-the-dragon rants, Ser Jorah and MC Illyrio humor him to his face, but exchange nervous, knowing looks. Amazingly, Viserys thinks it’s completely fine to discipline the Khal’s wife via boob grabbage just as he's done numerous times before. This time though, it’s not the same. This isn’t a king punishing his subject in King’s landing, or an older brother asserting dominance over his younger sister in MC Illyrio’s slave quarters. This is a pathetic pretend dragon offending Drogo's queen. This is a Khalasar crossing the Dothraki Sea, and that means egotistical little punks get choked with whips.

16 comments:

  1. Good stuff. Keep 'em coming.

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  2. "She is symbolically seizing control by becoming the rider instead of the mount."

    GREAT analysis.

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  3. This is the best entry you've written so far. Entertaining and insightful!

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  4. Good stuff. Keep it up. :)

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  5. Hilarious! I'm sure Arya would like your blog posts, as they're awesome! (-:

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  6. Fake. This is a social exercise.

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  7. In case it wasn't clear, Magister Illyrio did not join Dany, Viserys, and Ser Jorah with the Dothraki, but stayed behind in Pentos (he advised Viserys to do the same, but Viserys would not listen).

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  8. I was glad when they got a bit rough with Viserys. He is the only character that i find more annoying than Joffrey

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  9. You don't find Lysa Aryn annoying? :O

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  10. What's with the zero-sum? Scott said that he found Viserys more annoying than Joffrey. This doesn't mean that he doesn't find anyone else annoying.

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  11. Loving the blog!!!

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  12. I don't think she has shown up yet at this point, other than through her message to Catelyn, so I am giving Viserys the title for the moment.

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  13. Actually, Arya doesn't learn to fly until the second book.

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  14. Anyone who thinks this could be fake because he's making observations is retarded. Anyone who reads enough can do it easily and it shouldn't take three reads of a book to "get it" anyway.

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  15. I don't see why so many people think that Jason isn't reading this for the first time. He's a perceptive, attentive reader - they exist. I've only read the books once, 4 years ago, and while it's probably very different the second or third time around, there's nothing to really "get." If you're interested in characters, you're going to be able to pick things up.

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