Last week, Bangor’s favorite son and publishing superstar Stephen King, and George R.R. Martin, creator of “A Song of Ice and Fire” upon which the HBO juggernaut “Game of Thrones” is based, met in a literary tete-a-tete in New Mexico, as part of King’s latest book tour.
That meeting got us thinking: how do characters from “A Song of Ice and Fire” and “Game of Thrones” stack up to the many varied characters in King’s often interconnected books and larger universe? Who would you pit against whom? How are they similar? How are they different?
To that end, we came up with a far-from-exhaustive showdown between characters from Martin’s books and from the TV series, and from various King books and movies, including The Dark Tower series, “The Shining,” “Misery,” “Pet Sematery,” “It,” “‘Salem’s Lot,” “Needful Things,” “Carrie” and “The Green Mile.” Here, dear reader, do we ask you to choose: which character do you prefer in each of these matchups?
Obviously, this list is not perfect — some comparisons are better than others, and there are some that I’m sure some of you will vehemently disagree with (I, for one, vastly prefer the book Wendy from “The Shining” to the movie one — Emily). That’s fine! Tell us why in the comments. If you can find a good analog for either Cersei Lannister or Randall Flagg, please say so.
We’ll reveal the winners in these matchups on Monday, June 27, the day after the season finale of season six of “Game of Thrones.” For now: get voting!
Valar morghulis. Thankee, sai.
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