Complex works of the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo
Michael Kenna (Am./Brit. 1953- ), Kusharro Lake Tree, Study 6, Kota, Hokkaido, Japan, photographie, Seattle, G. Gibson Gallery
Grace’s wedding dress was the crowning achievement of Helen Rose’s career, and the most expensive garment she ever designed. The dress, valued at more than $7,200 at the time, had been worked on feverishly in top secret for six week by a platoon of three dozen seamstresses. Suitably feminine and elegant, it was an ivory high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted bodice with an overlay of 125-year-old rose point lace. The cut of the gown accentuated Grace’s tiny waist; its voluminous bell skirt of silk taffeta, peau de soie, tulle, and lace billowed with hundreds of yards of fabric. The circular veil added ninety more yards of tulle, highlighted with seed pearls and affixed to a small fitted headpiece.
Eh, that wasn’t really what I’d call a debacle. Just about everyone involved in the GoT/ASOIAF discussion added something good, although I think there are still a lot of people clinging to the idea that GoT is “historically accurate”/historical in any way, really.
Apparently even GRRM forgets he’s not writing a historical fiction work sometimes, from what people have said to me, although that’s hearsay. But I have and will continue to maintain that the levels of violence in the series are just unsustainable/unenforceable from any logical sociological perspective.
As for race and representation in GoT/ASOIAF, as I’ve said before a lot of the tropes and stereotypes used are very problematic and honestly, lazy as plot devices. The Dothraki? Come on. Even the whole Eastern Continent or whatever is just, meh. Oversimplified into corrupt+inscrutable or savage+bloodthirsty. White characters are generally centralized and characters of color marginalized within the plot.
And this is coming from a pretty big fan of both the books and the show-I’ve read all the books and seen every episode (no worries about spoiling me for anything!), and I’m looking forward to the premiere next month. A lot. But I just do NOT understand why there’s this driving need on the part of so many people to justify its “accuracy”. The author is not constrained by any of these ideas, and all I can assume is that they’re looking for some kind of amelioration of responsibility on the part of the author for his creative choices on violence, misogyny (like WHOA), character developments and plot choices/character decisions.
Like, what? You can enjoy something without having to pretend it’s somehow above reproach, or that everyone else has to enjoy it for the same reasons you do.