Today’s Daily Prompt: That Stings asks us to write about the last thing we read that bit and stung.
I humbly submit the first five volumes of George RR Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” series. If you’ve read them, you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t read them then you should probably get on that. Don’t be intimidated by the sheer number of words and pages, they will go quickly enough. Not a fantasy fan? That shouldn’t deter you either as the stories gradually build into the fantasy and by then you will already be captured by the narrative, seduced by the wall, intrigued by the struggle for power and (spoiler alert) desperately hoping that Martin will stop killing off the characters you have grown fond of. But he never does, and therein lies the bite. And the manner of their deaths? That is the sting.
If you haven’t read the books but have been watching the miniseries on HBO, then you have at least some notion of the full impact of these stories. Really, though, you should read the books before you watch any future seasons so you can grasp the full scope of the pain involved with reading the series.
I have loved and lost so many times that now I read on fully expecting the characters I like the most to be the next ones to be cut down, and have therefore begun to root for the bad guys… And since I’m a sucker for stories where the good guys win, that too stings.
Reading them is a struggle, a challenge, and yet once you have started them you have to keep reading. You have to find out what happens next. You have to hang on to that last shred of hope that the books will have a happy ending and make all the injuries incurred while reading worthwhile.
My hope had dwindled to a thread.