Review the Reviewer: Game of Thrones
Last Friday the New York Times published Ginia Bellafante’s review of the HBO series Game of Thrones. If you did not hear the uproar caused by this review, then I can only assume you’ve been in a coma and offer my congratulations on surviving your brush with death. To summarize, Ginia didn’t like the series, thought it impossible that any woman possibly could, gave it the wonderfully demeaning label of “boy fiction” and pretty much slammed the Fantasy genre and it’s fans. See what you miss when you’re in a coma? Legions of people called her out on her assertion that women could not, would not like the story except for the sex which might get our attention. Well, this review sure got our attention, no sex required. I read it and was as surprised as everyone else by the way this woman wrote off women. What I really wanted to know though was what does she actually like? I took the time to read some of her other reviews and here’s what I discovered.
She considered her childhood fondness for soaps an act of “adolescent subversion” and is now waxing poetic about the ending of All My Children and One Life to Live. She thinks only 15 year olds are capable of understanding the intricate plot of Supernatural and judges The Cape a grand improvement over the failure of Heroes. Really? Soap operas are for most people just a fun bit of fluff. Supernatural is adored by quite a few adults and The Cape, well, that was nothing more than a blip on the radar. Her review of Game of Thrones was harsh and completely off based in it’s assessment of the story’s fanbase. Looking at her past reviews, it’s hard to be surprised. Whatever credibility she may have had is now rightly squashed beneath the angry outcry of fans out to prove her wrong.