Game of Thrones: Season 3 – Order Your Copy Today

Season 3 of Game of Thrones is out on DVD next week. Never before has a television show received as much attention as the extraordinary adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed novels.

In the third season of the hit HBO drama, the Lannisters barely hold onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power.

Robb Stark, King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder and his huge army of wildlings continue their inexorable march south.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne.

In one of the most celebrated series in television history, the battling families of Westeros continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested, and cruel fates are met.

Beat the rush, pre-order your copy of Game of Thrones: Season 3 today

Game of Thrones

Seasons 1 – 2

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Seasons One and Two of the epic HBO original series Game of Thrones are set in a world where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient Wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.

With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, it’s a thrilling journey through a riveting and unforgettable landscape.

Check out Seasons 1 and 2 of Game of Thrones here

Trailer For Game of Thrones Season 4 Released

April is coming.

Slowly, but it’s coming.

The first trailer for the new season of Game of Thrones has been released ahead of its April premiere. As readers of the books will know, we’re creeping closer to all out war as more clans, all believing they have a claim to the iron throne, stalk closer and closer towards Kings Landing.

But enough speculation, here’s the trailer…

Exciting, no? New to Game of Thrones?

After having a good look at yourself, you can either read or watch the action. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

When Someday, Someday Maybe landed on my desk, I opened it with apprehension. According to the cover quote from Diane Keaton, the book from the star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood promised to be “warm and funny, charming and smart”, but a book about a twenty-something wannabe actress trying to make it in the nineties sounded like, at best, a poorly disguised memoir or, at worst, a misguided attempt at leveraging on a TV star’s fame to push a bad chicklit..

WRONG!

The woman we fell in love with in Bad Santa has written an entertaining, authentic, engaging read that I loved from beginning to end. Rather than labouring through the read, I mourned the last page, reluctant to leave the protagonist’s messy, dramatic and hopeful world.

Someday, Someday, Maybe is the story of Franny Banks, an unemployed actress who has six months left trying to make it in New York  until her self-imposed deadline, after which she will move to Chicago, take up a ‘normal’ job and marry her high school sweetheart.

Lauren Graham-MTO-008845Despite screwing up her monologue in her acting class showcase, she finally manages to land an agent, and it seems she might achieve her goal –  she’s getting auditions and callbacks, she’s able to pay her rent and the cute, talented guy from class is showing interest. But in the acting world, nothing is as it seems, and soon Franny is jobless, penniless and rudderless, wondering how she can make the rent and if she’s been fooling herself all along.

I loved following Franny’s story and could completely empathise with her; I saw myself in Franny Banks, from her wild curly hair to her addiction to bad men and fad diets. Franny makes bad, totally realistic choices but after the inevitable fall out, picks herself up, dusts herself off and has at it again.

It is this spunk, and the wit and charm with which her story is told, that endeared me to Franny and made me root for her right until the end, which, while not perfectly wrapped up, left me hopeful that she’d be alright. I loved her, and I loved this book.

Read more about Someday, Someday, Maybe here


There are few things in the world that Romance Specialist Haylee Nash loves more than a quiet reading giggle – you know, that silent shoulder-shake you get while reading a particularly funny part of a book when in a public place. Haylee would like to thank Lauren Graham for giving her several of these while taking public transport home after a particularly long day at work. If you’re ever in Sydney, Lauren, Haylee would like to buy you a sparkling wine.

Does Robb Stark Take Up Too Much Space On Trains?

Does Robb Stark take up too much space on trains?

That’s the question being asked around the world today, as Game of Thrones star Richard Madden is outed as a chronic space-taker-upperer on the popular tumblr site Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train.

Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train exposes a world of sexual politics that will strike a chord with anyone who has suffered at the hands of bad etiquette on public transport.

If there is one aspect of the modern age that matches the scheming, combative nature of Westeros and beyond, it is surely the public transport system. Continue reading

Kafka On The…. Toilet?

In what may be one of the strangest product placements of our time, a US toilet paper manufacturer has sent the message that girl bears like to read Franz Kafka when nature calls.

In a commercial for Charmin toilet paper, which features a series of interviews with animated bears about their bathroom habits (you heard me), one young bear holds up a copy of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and remarks, “Sometimes I like to bring a book.”

While Kafka’s magnum opus is undoubtedly one of the finest works of the last century, the tale of a small female bear reading The Metamorphosis while going potty is frankly one we didn’t see coming.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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for the toilet or otherwise…

Cahill’s Choice: Top 10 Great Film and Television Fathers

This year Booktopia’s Christopher Cahill celebrates Father’s Day with a look back at some of film and television’s greatest (and most notorious) father figures, leaving aside some obvious ones (Atticus Finch etc). Screen dads have a habit of setting the bar incredibly high when it comes to being a father but they’re a wonderful guide of what to do, and what not to do, in a variety of parenting situations.


Mike Brady

The Brady Bunch

Mike Brady is nothing short of a benchmark for fathers everywhere. He’s loving and supportive of his six children but can also deliver tough love all without the use of his belt. Not only does he have an endless supply of wisdom and patience he also manages to keep his children and adopted children from forming relationships that can only be described as unnatural.
While Robert Reed is the original Mike Brady we all know and love, it is Garry Cole’s take (read as impression) on the legendary father figure that should not be overlooked. An honourable mention must also go to Garry Cole for his delightful (read as psychotic) father figure Sheriff Buck in American Gothic.

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Bryan Mills

Taken

Bryan Mills has a very particular set of skills and I’m not talking about buying lame gifts for his estranged daughter. If you ever had the extreme misfortune of being kidnapped then Bryan Mills is your father of choice. He may be the world’s most overprotective dad but his ability to deliver an ass-whooping on your behalf is second to none. Ironically, Bryan takes away many fathers and sons in the process of saving his kidnapped daughter. But that’s okay, they were bad people anyway and it’s not like it was ever going to come back and bite him in the ass in Taken 2. Or would it?

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Tywin Lannister

Game of Thrones

It takes a great father to start a war that will engulf a whole realm. Tywin (father to Tyrion, Jamie and Cersi Lannister) may be more concerned with House Lannister’s legacy than his actual children but he sure does step up when both his sons are captured by the Starks. What really makes Tywin Lannister stand out from the list is his ability to start and (almost) end a war by post. This is a man who is not afraid to send an angry letter. Please be warned that this great father and son moment is rather spoiler heavy and not appropriate for children.

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Darth Vader

Star Wars

Perhaps great is not a word that should be used to describe Darth Vader. Not only does he Force choke his pregnant wife, torture his daughter ‘Princess’ Leia, he also cuts off his son Luke’s hand. Apparently the Dark Side of the Force and being a good dad don’t go hand in hand. But Daddy Darth makes up for it when he finally gets tired of watching his adopted father Emperor Palpatine electrocute his son, turns his back on the Dark Side of the Force, screams ‘Nooooooooo!’ and throws his boss down a big hole. Sadly Palpatine was more than likely Darth Vader’s father (read the original draft for Revenge of the Sith) so not only is Darth a poor father figure he’s also a pretty lousy son.

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Nigel Powers

Austin Powers: Goldmember

He may have given his son Austin daddy issues (being an absent father does that) but the ultra hip and charming Nigel Powers clearly didn’t fall short when it came to sex ed. Michael Caine’s performance as Nigel Powers puts James Bond to shame and makes his son Austin Powers look like a needy dork. The fact that he stops Doctor Evil’s insidious plans for world domination just by telling him he loves him is nothing short of inspiring.

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the-focker-family-collection-meet-the-parents-meet-the-fockers-little-fockers-Jack Byrnes

Meet the Parents

The posterboy (man) for suspicious father-in-laws everywhere. Having Robert De Niro for a father, or father-in-law, would be truly terrifying but once you’re in the “circle of trust” it’s all pretty sweet. The ex CIA Operative is highly protective of his family so when all round clown Gaylord Focker (Ben Stiller) decides he want to marry his daughter Pam, he busts out the lie detector and puts him through his paces. Jack even sees through Gaylord’s clever story about milking a cat. What a guy. Jack’s undying love for his cat Jinxy only adds to his creditability as a father figure to both humans and felines alike.

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Don Vito Corleone

The Godfather

Many come for his garbled words of wisdom, all come to pay their respects. Not only is the Don a father to his children and adopted son Tom Hagen, he’s the father figure to a whole community. Marlon Brando’s fine performance as the aging mob boss has become one of popular culture’s biggest influences and a how-to guide for dad’s everywhere. What dad wouldn’t like to make someone ‘an offer they can’t refuse’? Don Corleone’s stand out dad moment is really when he gives his godson Johnny Fontane some fatherly advice and a little bit of tough love.

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Professor Henry Jones

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones has only two weaknesses, a fear of snakes and his lingering daddy issues. There was really only one man who could have played the father of the world’s toughest archeologist and that’s James Bond himself.

Professor Henry Jones Senior might lack his son’s fists of fury but can more than hold his own while charming the ladies and fighting off Nazis with an umbrella, a flock of seagulls and a pen. While his son may view him as an absent father, Jones Senior was really just trying to give Indiana his independence and teach him a bit of self-reliance. More dads should follow his fine example by just taking a step back and allowing their sons to become famous archeologists who fight evil in their spare time.

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Walter White

Breaking Bad

Fathers who are willing to make and sell crystal meth for the sake of their families are few and far between. When all round great Dad Walter White is diagnosed with terminal cancer that’s exactly what he does to make sure his family is provided for after his passing.

The man who knocks has many great father moments, not only with his own son Walt Junior, but also with his sort-of-adopted son Jesse Pinkman to whom he offers no end of fatherly advice. It’s the pseudo (no pun intended) father and son relationship that makes this show a masterpiece of modern television. While Walter White has many great moments the stand out would have to be the knock-knock joke he tells his wife Skyler.

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Thor

It may seem an odd pick but Odin displays some excellent parenting skills when he banishes his arrogant, long-haired lout of a son Thor. It’s this valuable time away from home that helps Thor grow up and shed his angry young man syndrome. While Odin does spend most of the movie having a nap (Odin sleep, not to be confused with regular sleep apparently) he does come to his son’s rescue when Thor goes and picks a fight with the neighbours. And really isn’t that what fathers are for? Oh, he’s also Loki’s adopted father but that’s another story…

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Honourable mentions
Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable (The Cosby show)
Al Bundy (Married….with Children)
Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
William ‘Bill’ Adama (Battlestar Galactica)


Animated Dads…
Homer Simpson (The Simpsons)
Fred Flinstone (The Flinstones)
Peter Griffin (Family Guy)
Sparkplug Witwicky (The Transformers)
George J. Jetson (The Jetsons)
Ned Flanders (The Simpsons)


Can you think of any memorable Film and TV Father’s that didn’t make the list. Let us know by leaving your comments below.

Offspring, Death and The Challenge For Writers

One of Australia’s biggest television shows has left viewers stunned. John Purcell examines the decisions TV writers wrangle with at every turn.

Last night social media went nuts over the decision by the writers of Channel Ten’s drama Offspring to kill off one of the lead characters. The heated emotions displayed by the audience in their reactions were only made possible by effective writing. Bad writing does not generate such a response.

Writing for a TV drama must be one of the most difficult, thankless and unnerving writing jobs going. Writers are generally solitary beings and writing for TV is a group sport. As the vast majority of dramas offered up to the public are rejected within weeks of their premiere there can be no job security for anyone involved. Once the axe falls, the writers’ characters continue to live, love and die on their pages alone.

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