Winning the Game of Thrones by Valerie Estelle Frankel
The Host of Characters and their Agendas

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This book explores characters’ agendas, from Sansa’s secret schemes to Arya’s ultimate goal. What is Cersei’s true fear? What do trout or golden roses symbolize? Is the show a feminist success or a male playground? This book answers all these and more, revealing the enigmas and surprises hidden deep within the series. Martin’s interviews, homages, and past works hint at the pattern he’s chosen, while the classic pattern of the hero’s and heroine’s journey indicate the path of each protagonist and their ultimate destinies. From the Norse myth of ice covering all the world and the winter of wolves, to the War of the Roses that inspired much of the plot, the Game of Thrones is revealed secret by secret…including how it may be won.

About Valerie Estelle Frankel

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Valerie Estelle Frankel has won a Dream Realm Award, an Indie Excellence Award, and a USA Book News National Best Book Award for her Henry Potty parodies, featured in US News and World Report, radio and podcast shows, and Potter fan sites from Turkey to Sweden. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, pop culture, and the heroine's journey and can be found at She's also the author of many nonfiction books on pop culture: Buffy and the Heroine's JourneyFrom Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey in Myth and LegendKatniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in The Hunger GamesThe Many Faces of Katniss Everdeen: Exploring the Heroine of The Hunger GamesHarry Potter, Still Recruiting: An Inner Look at Harry Potter Fandom Teaching with Harry PotterMyths and Motifs in The Mortal InstrumentsWinter is Coming: Symbols, Portents, and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones
Published May 12, 2013 by LitCrit Press. 202 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment.

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