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    Political structure of Westeros

    The quest for the Iron Throne is what has brought Westeros into its current mess. What needs to be done in order to bring unity back into Westeros, politically? What about the current governmental structure isn’t working? Does there need to be a shift in how Westeros is governed? How did it all work before? Based on how the TV show is going, what type of government is needed and what kind of leader? And who best fits that mold? I always thought it might be better if Westeros was divided and governed by their respective divisions. Ex: The North would be a sovereign nation and governed by the head house of the North, and so on. But would this sort of system work? Could it work, and how so?

    • Wow! This is a really interesting topic and you discuss such intriguing topics pertaining to politics and social mores. Yet, how does one expect Westeros to become a politically viable governmental structure when you have mad tyrants trying to capture the throne? Also, look at the "time" in which this series takes place. Though we do not have an actual timeline, as this is a fantastical book/show series, we can infer that this time period was not one where democracy or the acts of politically correct modes of government would be of utmost importance. The only true hope of having a possible fair ruler was Ned Stark...and I think we all know how that turned out. This is an interesting question because as the series continues, and everyone is battling and killing for the throne, one must wonder, what will happen once the throne is actually one? Will peace be restored and all seven kingdoms abide by the "rightful ruler?" – danielle577 4 years ago
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    • This is a really interesting topic, especially with Dany actually moving into Westeros now. I think this would definitely be interesting if you discuss the theocracy, and the growing power of the Sept (what's going to be done about that?). Especially, with the idea of the people gaining their power, and how in essence, a very small group of people rule over a very large group of people (who have been war torn and are probably fed up). I think the question comes down to: how would the divisions interact? How would they deal with say, the displacement of people in Riverrun? What about people who don't have such large natural resources (The North/The Ironborn). – ninamicanovic 4 years ago
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    • I think there needs to be a definite distinction made between the show and the book here, since the two have diverged significantly. There is an entire history of government in Westeros (and some in Essos), but a lot of what is book canon isn't show canon, so anyone who wants to write this would likely have to just focus on the show or the books I think – Darcy Griffin 4 years ago
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    Trailers are supposed to give you a taste of what to expect, but nowadays they pretty much just give you the full meal. It makes me wonder if producers/editors/whomever think that you really need that much to be shown in a trailer to get people know if to watch the movie. I don’t know what the marketing significance is, but I do know that trailers, and even the general marketing saturation of a movie (ie: being shown the trailer on TV all the time, increased presence in retail marketing, release of official clips and scenes, etc.) is a bit much and more often than not turns me away from going to see it, and if I do go see it, I’m not surprised, or even that entertained.

    Time to Trim Trailers? The Death of Surprise in Modern Hollywood

    I think it’s also just this ingrained, elitist point of view that if you don’t watch subbed Anime then you’re not a real Anime fan. Since Anime is Japanese, watch it in Japanese. And that’s kind of unfair to say.

    When it comes down to it, it’s just personal preference, I think. One big reason I sometimes like the dubbed versions is because it allows me to focus on the show itself, rather than constantly reading the subtitles. I feel like I miss out on whats happening because I’m too bust reading. Then again, I will always choose subs over dubbed because to me the Japanese voices sound more genuine and more connected with their characters. I just generally enjoy hearing the Japanese VAs. But there are many english VAs that I love and compel me to check out the dubbed version.

    Reiterating, it’s all personal preference. To claim one as the superior over the other is unfair, and completely subjective. Enjoy whatever it is that you enjoy, and be happy with it.

    Sub or Dub? Voice Acting and Authenticity

    Valid points. But I think it was important for Naruto and Sasuke to start families because it was what Naruto essentially never had and what was taken away from Sasuke. Yes, Naruto had many parental figures in his life, but he never had that nuclear structure-like family. And family meant so much to Sasuke and that was prematurely taken away from him. I dunno, just my thoughts đŸ™‚

    Love in Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto

    Great read! I never truly understood people’s vehement hate for the prequels. While not great at all, they are still integral to the story, like you said. Without the prequels, we wouldn’t have had the original trilogy. Like I’m sure most people have mentioned already, the reason the prequels are as bad as they are is because of George Lucas’s poor handling of it. So whereas I still don’t completely like the prequels, I accept them.

    That being said, more of a personal note, even though I don’t have a seething hatred for JarJar as almost everyone else does (I still don’t like him, mind you..,), I would take Ewoks over him and young Anakin. Any day.

    In Defense of the Star Wars Prequels

    I always felt that it came from a business perspective; cast bigger names to get more people into the theaters, or cast people that many people can identify with. But that can’t be used as an excuse anymore. With the increasing amount of diversity and awareness of diversity and multiculturalism, it shouldn’t even remotely be a problem to cast Asian actors for Asian roles. There is no question talent-wise, so it’s hard to understand why Hollywood still keeps whitewashing these stories. If it’s a good story with good character development, people will watch it and enjoy it and there will be profit. So make the story as authentic and genuine as possible.

    Whitewashing of Asian Characters in Hollywood Anime/Manga Adaptations