7 (MORE) ‘Game Of Thrones’ Characters Paired With Books They’d Love
By Sumaiyya Naseem (@sumaiyya.books)
Game of Thrones has some of the best characters appearing on TV in our day and age. It’s fascinating to dive deep into the psychology of characters and try to guess what kind of preferences they’d have when it comes to books.
So...It’s time for another look at Game of Thrones characters and the books they’re likely to read and love! In my first edition of the article I looked at some of the showrunners like Khaleesi, Jon Snow and the Stark Sisters along with Cersei. This time I’m going to take a look at some secondary characters, and the popular half of the Lannister twin set.
Disclaimer: I haven’t read beyond the first book of GRRM, so my analysis is based on the HBO adaptation.
One of the most loyal and *good* characters on the show, Ser Davos is a former smuggler and best friends with the late Princess Shireen Baratheon. The Princess teaches Davos how to read and their bookish relationship is one of the great, comforting treasures on the show. They seem to enjoy tales of knights and dragons, based on the excerpts they’d discuss in their scenes. For this reason, and for the fact of the Princess’ horrible death, I think Davos would be particularly attached to the kinds of books she would have loved. Namely, The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairytales or really any adventurous, fantasy-type story. I think Davos would work hard at his reading and try to honour the Princess through his devotion to books and literature. Cue ugly crying.
If you’re a lover of language and linguistics like me, Missaendei is probably one of the characters you keep an eye on. The girl knows 19 languages and is tied close to our favorite Queen. In her off-stage bookish life, I imagine Missandei would enjoy The Themis Files trilogy by Sylvain Neuval. This is a sci-fi political drama told entirely in transcripts and diary entries, and the final book has a special linguistics tangent that Missandei would enjoy. The language expert would likely also be an avid reader of translated works. When not engaged in the pleasures of reading, Missandei would probably also translate books into the many languages that she’s fluent in, like Dothraki and High Valyrian.
Known as The Red Woman, Melisandre is a priestess to the Lord of Light. She’s known for her supernatural magic and witchcraft-abilities, and she’s easily one of the unpredictable characters on the show. Her loyalties lie with the deity she worships, but she’s also aware of her own powers. My guess is Melisandre would be fascinated and amused by The Penguin Book of Witches, a collection of real life accounts of witches in the past. It seems like the kind of thing she’d read when not burning children at the stake.
We all love hating Little Finger, and for very good reason. The deadly timeline of Game of Thrones was in part set in motion by the Lord Baelish’s ability to stir up trouble and spread provocative rumors. If there’s one character he’d be in awe of, it’s Richard III as written by Shakespeare. Although the scheming Richard III’s story ends in demise and lingers on the question of punishment, I’m pretty sure Baelish would relate completely to the evil King’s thirst for the crown, no matter who has to be killed in the process. There are actually a lot of parallels between the two and I wouldn’t be surprised if GRRM had Richard III on his mind when he wrote Baelish’s secret bloodlust. But, who am I kidding, Little Finger won’t have time for literature because, for all intents and purposes, he is deceased. Thanks, Arya.
Oh, dear Bronn. One of the best characters on the show for his one liners and unapologetic love for money, alcohol and female company. In real life, we probably wouldn’t like the guy. Excuse me if I’m wrong, but something tells me Bronn would get a lot of chuckles out of reading the poetry of Charles Bukowski. I can imagine Bronn in some questionable bar with questionable men, drinking beer and reciting lines from “The Girl Outside the Supermarket”. #MaleGaze
Unlike Jon Snow, Bran Stark knows everything. So he obviously doesn’t need to do much reading for knowledge. Personally, I think he might like to read history books to see who lied about what, or maybe he’d rather get lost in unreal fantasy or mythological worlds, like Greek Mythologies, to escape from the realities that he’s too aware of. Perhaps Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman would interest him. If there’s anything left of the young Bran we first met, there’s also a chance he’d be reading biographies of famous knights.
We all began with nothing but hate for Jamie Lannister, but over the course of the story Jamie has proven to be one of those complex characters who have so much depth to them that you can’t code them in white or black. He’s a villain turned hero. He’s aware of his own capacity to do wrong and he doesn’t believe he’s perfect, and that’s what makes him appealing. He’s also loyal to family, despite how badly hiI like to think Jamie would read richly detailed family sagas like Anna Karenina or books on ethics like The Prince by Machiavelli. What can I say, Jamie is a complicated man.
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About the Author
Sumaiyya Naseem is a bibliophile from Saudi Arabia, and while she reads a bit of everything she has a keen interest in women’s fiction and immigrant stories. She shares her literary journey on Instagram (@sumaiyya.books) and is a freelance editor specializing in narratives set in Saudi Arabia. Sumaiyya is passionate about the written word and dreams of writing her own story one day.
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