A Song of Ice and Fire

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  1. Aurora al'Parr

    Aurora al'Parr

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    I liked the books in A Song of Ice and Fire, but in my opinion, it was extremely violent and graphic. How old do you think someone should be to read this book series, and what were your favorite parts?
     
  2. Martur al'Mortem

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    I think it depends on the maturity of the person. If you believe that they can handle the violence and sex of the book then let them read it. Not saying give it to your 11 year old, though they probably wouldn't understand most of the things going on in it. But I think for teenagers and above it is fine.
     
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    I think because of the mature content in it, it is best not to let little children read it.
    I think is should be for teenagers and above.
     
  4. Moiraine874

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    I started reading it when I was thirteen and I was fine.
     
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    I think I may have read it when I was 11 or 12...
     
  6. Rohanderin Sah

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    I have to say my favourite part of the series was...
    When jon went over the wall and joined the wildlings under Quorin half-hands orders.
    as for the other part of the question I agree early teens at the earliest
     
  7. Caliden Al'Waes

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    The books definiately are for a more mature age group. Between the Incest, killings and whores I'd say that 15+ at least. But it would have to be a very mature 15. But again it depends on the kid, some kids can read Stephen King books at a young age, like my sister, and be fine. Some, like me, have nightmares for days.

    My favorite part in the book is when Danys is like "You are the blood of the dragon, you can make a hat!" but then she can not. Its adorable. Dany is adorable.
     
  8. Amaryla Leper

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    I've never had a problem with violence and sex in movies or books, but I do know that not everyone's like me. I'd say 13+.

    As for my fav part of the book, I honestly can't say.

    What are your impressions on TV series?
     
  9. Cursor Wrathwind

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    I think I was around 14-15 when I first started.

    As for favorite parts:

    The Red Wedding, Jon Snow's assassination...yeah, I really hate the Starks.

    Also, The Battle of the Blackwater, the Red Viper vs. the Mountain-that-rides, Littlefinger getting Lysa to STFO, pretty much anything with Tyrion, Tywin or Littlefinger...
     
  10. Amaryla Leper

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    I would definitely have to agree with you on
    The Battle of the Blackwater.
    It was truly amazing.
    The Red Viper vs. the Mountain-that-rides was also really thrilling and wonderful, but what's with the Stark hatred? The first thing you listed was awful, not because I'm a huge fan of theirs, just cos you just don't do something like that. Period. They as a family should all be eliminated from the face of the world.
     
  11. Monari'Lyn Al'Eradore

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    25. But then I'm old and so square I'm practically a cube ;)

    High school would have been too young for me definitely. I have a sister in law with a grandchild--she will always be too young for it! :$

    I love Tyrion scenes greatly--"wherever whores go.....!!!!!"
     
  12. Avelina Ermen

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    I did not read the series until I was 25. If I had tried to pick it up as a teenager, I probably would have given up and not finished the first book, as they required a lot of concentration for me to read. That being said, as I am generally a speed reader, a lot of the mature content was missed and I would have to go back a few pages to reread when I realized I had missed something.

    I liked a lot of the little throwaway details, like there is a Monty Python reference in one of the books. That sort of thing. I enjoy the hidden humor.
     
  13. Rohanderin Sah

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    while I agree you should never do the first thing I must say it did make good reading and I did enjoy it
     
  14. Kaldam Luciere

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    I love the series. And I only discovered it via the HBO series.

    Anything with Barristan Selmy is win. And I can't wait for Cersei to get what's coming to her.

    One annoyance
    I was very fond of Garlan Tyrell. He was one of the few noble characters in the series and he's given little exposure.
     
  15. Jodea Kegan

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    I didn't read these till I was an adult. Love them, and I am no prude, but the subject matter is too mature for a young person. Even at 14 one may be able to understand the words, but there is no way a child can grasp the concepts portrayed in these books. So, yeah, you could read it at 14 or 15. Not MY 14 or 15 year old though :p

    And I love the show so much. So does my husband who has no interest int he books at all.
     
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    I just read the series for the first time this year (I'm 34). I'm not squeamish or prude either, but for a fantasy, and in fantasy setting, the violence and "adult" scenes are just written really realistically. You wouldn't expect stuff like that portrayed like that in fantasy books, that's why it may be a bit too much for young or sensitive people (who perhaps are expecting other kinds of things in fantasy books). But then again, most news on TV might be too much too.

    In a way I like the way aSoIaF is ugly. That the things which would be ugly in real life are ugly also in GRRM's world - violence and betrayal are not entertaining, they are horrible, disturbing things. That means (in my opinion) that you have to really face it and understand it when reading this series - it's in no way escapism or light entertainment.
     
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    I like the series...Jon Snow and Arya are favorites. And Hodor of course...But I can't get through Dance With Dragons. Book Four was slow and not much happened. Book five seems better but only just...I'm waiting until number six comes out or until the series is back on HBO to reignite my interest. Until then I'm too excited about aMoL to focus on anything else, anyway

    As for violence and sex...I feel like they give the series a gritty, real-life touch that a lot of other fantasy series lack. Even WoT. But Song of Fire and Ice wouldn't be the same without that 'real' touch...I feel like that's what 'makes' the series.
     
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  18. Aleyn'e Anty'ne

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    I think this is a great series...the only thing that worries me is whether GRRM will finish it.
    He has so many other projects and has not been so well in past year.
     
  19. Amaryla Leper

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    ^This. Certain scenes make my stomach twist, but I wouldn't have it any other way. All of the fantasy books are filled with gore and violence, but none of them portrayed it that realistically. I find it somewhat educational :look And the whole series itself is the most realistic one out of all fantasy I've read. Those are the characters I can imagine being part of the real word.

    I do wish he finishes it. I wish he would focus on it and complete it and that it wouldn't take him another 10 years :\ Although 4 and 5 were a bit of drag, I am eager to see the end.
     
  20. Daerlyn Inagh

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    Honestly, I think the bulk of the books would be dull for most teenagers; there is a lot of drama and sexiness, but there's also a lot politics that just sort of drag. The problem may resolve itself.

    Certainly no one under about 16 should be watching the HBO series without parental supervision.