I've noticed an increased amount of faves on my ASoIaF fanart in the last month, and that makes me really happy because it is SUCH an amazing book series and I want to do my part in boosting it's popularity and people's awareness of it. I'm guessing the increase in faves stems from the popularity of the television show, but in case you've been living under a rock and don't know what I'm talking about, I'll enlighten you:
A Song of Ice and Fire is a 5-book series (7 books total planned) written by George R.R. Martin (of whom I had the great pleasure of meeting and mooting with). HBO has adapted the first book into a critically acclaimed television series Game of Thrones. Season 1 was a smash hit, and filming on Season 2 started in July.
Since attempting to read Lord of the Rings (and failing several times), I have steered clear of reading much Fantasy. Sci-Fi is my go-to genre of choice. But a few of my friends have spoken so highly of the series over the years that I finally took a crack at them, and crack they are. Each books is over 800 pages long (I think the longest clocks in at 1200 pages) and I inhaled those f**kers in the span of a month. The beauty of the series is that the fantasy elements take a back-seat to the meat of the story: the power struggle between ruling families. What made The Sopranos and Mad Men so popular is exactly what this series is made of. It just so happens to be set in a fantasy world (which is so richly fleshed out that even the most minor of side stories is gripping). There are also 3 prequel novellas called The Tales of Dunk and Egg that take place around 100 years before the start of A Song of Ice and Fire, and they serve to preface some of the events that take place in the main series. I cannot recommend these books (and the TV show, for that matter) enough!
I have a ton of ASoIaF fanart planned that I hope to be able to visit soon. Some of my favorite parts of the story I would like to draw pertain to Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen, Eddard Stark and Ashara Dayne, Tourney at Harrenhall, Knight of the Laughing Tree, Aegon the V Targaryen and the tragedy at Summerhall. So much of the series is a mystery that is inferred from different character's points of view, and it's exciting to see how different perspectives color events according to who witnessed them.
What are your favorite parts of the series? What would you like to see drawn? (Let's keep this as spoiler-free as possible, so we don't spoil anyone who hasn't read the series. I've read all of the books including A Dance With Dragons, so all you have to say is "Birth of Dragons" or "Red Wedding" and I'll know exactly what you are talking about! )