Hi, Nuchtchas here. On the Beyond The Wall podcast I claimed to be the resident Fangirl, so I thought I would help out other aspiring fangirls and fanboys. How do you become as obsessed as me? Simple, read each of the books a few times, listen to all the podcasts, even the podfaded ones, talk incessantly about the series with anyone who will listen to you for at least six years, scour the net for every bit of information you can find and start naming your pets after your favorite GoT characters.
Is that too much? Probably too much to do before next week’s episode, so let’s start small.
Next there is @Westerosorg, run by the same people that run the site mentioned above and sanctioned by George R. R. Martin himself. They are going to be good about not giving spoilers but will also help with fun facts, links and information. As a matter of fact as I was getting ready to watch the premiere I tweeted a question about the swords used in the show to them and they answered me right back. That was pretty awesome, I’m sure they get many tweets a day.
VIEWERS GUIDE (no spoilers)
GUIDE Here you just have the map and the basic houses with the characters you will see in the series. It’s good for those of you just getting started.
GRRM’s “Not a Blog” and Author website
GRRM stands for George R.R. Martin. It’s how we fans refer to him, mostly because of his “Not a Blog” where he writes about football, the series, writing and whatever else suits his fancy. He vowed over a year ago that his Not a Blog would be spoiler free for the new fans and he expects his fans to respect this wish and keep the comments free of spoilers. He even has his assistant Ty check for those.
He also has his main website HERE. Yes, it looks like it was coded in the 90’s and for a very good reason: it was. You may encounter some spoilers there, so tread lightly.
WESTEROS (SPOILERS AT SITE, not in the description below)
http://www.westeros.org – This site has more information on the heraldry of the houses then anywhere on the internet. It also hosts the Wiki of Ice and Fire and one of my favorite features, “So Spoke Martin,” where they have collected quotes from interviews from Martin or through direct correspondence with the author. There are forums and a host of other features, including a MUSH (yeah, they still have that) and the site runners have claim to be the source that George R. R. Martin uses for fact checking his own world.
WINTER IS COMING
http://winter-is-coming.net – This site was created after talk of a HBO series first started. Focuses on news and rumors around the television series. Read enough and you’ll find some indirect spoilers.
TOWER OF THE HAND
http://www.towerofthehand.com – Tower of the hand is an extensive source for information on the books. You can click on each book you’ve read and customize your experience to where you are in the series. They have chapter by chapter descriptions and will help you gain an encyclopedic knowlege of the series, or at least give you a place to look up the facts you need. If you register there are more features available, more customization too. (While you can find spoilers, this site is geared to protect you from them).
http://www.hboforum.com – Of course HBO would want to have a forum right there on their own site. Here you can chat with other fans and get involved in some of the ARG produced by HBO. (I would hope this is to be kept somewhat spoiler free).
Yeah some of those sites can get intense. But when you consider how long some of the fans have been following the series, it’s not much of a surprise.