See, I remember reading a graphic sex scene involving Asha Greyjoy, but as I recall, she was very much an active participant (there was something along the lines of her thinking how riding a man makes her feel powerful?).
It’s embarrassing how little I remember of the last two books though, so I could be completely wrong here. Maybe I’m mixing up two entirely different chapters, I’m not sure.
Note: I forgot to mention this in the original post, but I want to second the words of chaucerettescs, who wrote here that “while female characters are treated poorly by many of the men (and other women) around them, they are not treated poorly by George R.R. Martin.”
I agree: Martin has written some of the most interesting and complex female characters in the fantasy genre, in all of literature even.
Disclaimer: It’s been two years since I last read the books, so I’m a bit foggy on the details, especially since I basically binged on them for three months straight until I’d finished all five books in a row. Not the best way to go about it, as it turns out, because there is a lot that I don’t remember reading at all. Therefore, I’m probably not the best person to write about this, but I’m going to give it a whirl anyway.
As I recall, yes, rape is an aspect of this society that Martin has created. It’s basically medieval times. Rape is mentioned a lot, I think every female character has at least been threatened to get raped at one point or another… It is a weapon in itself, a constant threat. However, Martin at least seems very aware of what he’s doing and is very concerned with showing that rape is one of the many ways in which this society is corrupt. Often the rape is part of the “pillage and plunder” package, a thing that happens regularly in wartime but that definitely should not happen. It is very much a horror. Also, he makes it very clear that some lords do consider it to be a serious crime: the Starks send rapists to the Wall and Stannis castrates them. It’s a misogynistic world, but the books do not condone this, and Martin tries to give the female characters as much agency as possible within the constraints of the universe.
The showrunners, on the other hand, often seem to be out for shock value and seem much more accepting of rape as “just how this world works.” Some of the changes they’ve made from the books are very telling. Remember how Ros, a prostitute character created for the show, died? That shot of her tied to the bedpost, naked, pierced with arrows, is deeply troubling (you can read more on that scene here).
I haven’t seen the latest episode yet because I’ve been too busy with exams and deadlines, but what I’ve heard so far is very upsetting, mostly because the director seems to think that it was consensual whereas most viewers fervently disagree. Even mainstream critics are calling the showrunners out on it. If it is rape (again, haven’t seen it yet, but let’s assume that it is), not only did they completely waltz over some of Jaime’s defining characteristics, not only did they add more rape to an already rape-riddled narrative (I wish there was a better way to put that) to make an already shocking scene even more shocking, but they also take power away from Cersei, who in the books actively uses sex as a weapon and a way to control people.
That said, if you are sensitive to this kind of thing, my advice would be to not read the books. Sex is a big part of the series, often graphically described, and if you already feel uncomfortable at the thought of it, it will not be a pleasurable reading experience. Personally, the fact that Martin (mostly) seems aware of what he is doing and has thought things through made it acceptable for me, and the series is overall quite phenomenal in terms of scope and world-building. In the end, I can’t make this decision for you, but I hope this in some way has helped you make up your mind. Perhaps my followers can weigh in too, especially those who remember the books better than I do.
(It’s disturbing how much I’ve been writing about rape these last couple of weeks, I don’t like this at all.)
When her kiss transforms the Beast, she is furious.
"You should have warned me! Here I was smitten by an exceptional being, and all of a sudden, my fiance becomes an ordinary distinguished young man!""
March Book Photo Challenge: Freebie (Mar. 30)
Terry Pratchett’s Death series from the Discworld Collection:
- Reaper Man
- Soul Music
"i like my body when it is with your" by e.e. cummings (by fleurology)
When the famous English poet Wilfred Owen died in World War I, his brother heavily redacted some of his correspondence. But experts may be able to recover the inked out passages and understand this act of censorship.
A tote bag I got for my birthday (thank you curioser-curioser!) and a passport cover.
That’s true, but I like being able to look up in which year I read what.
It’s a shame that there’s not a separate button or something for rereads, but we’ll just have to make do.
readaroundtherosie said: I get around that by just putting down a different version of the same book. So if it’s a classic and you’ve read the orange penguin edition, just put it down as a vintage edition or collins, because they should all be there for each publisher :)
Ah, but then I won’t really know how many books I’ve actually read, if I keep track of all the rereads too!
It’s alright though, I fully plan on catching up as soon as I can.