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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Will Books Exist In A Future Game of Thrones World?

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I recently became a late adopter of Game of Thrones.  It only took me eight years to catch onto the Emmy-winning, critically-acclaimed series that concluded this year.  Of the eight seasons, I’m now nearly into season number three after a week and a half of binge-watching.  But this post is not about the fictional world of kings, whores, and wars.  It’s about time and the future of books.

Let me explain.

In watching Game of Thrones I found it interesting to see how evolution takes place.  Though the world of the show is not historic and seems to be set in a mythological time and place, it certainly closely resembles Medieval times.  So in watching how people lived with limited resources, knowledge, or needs, one can then compare to our present-day world and wonder if a thousand years forward our world will be evolved for the better.

It’s hard to accept certain things.  From a young age we are told of how things will be later on – that we may wed, raise a family, get old, and die.  We accepted it only on some level, not fully understanding or appreciating what awaits us.  Even now, in my middle-age, I somehow don’t wish to fully acknowledge that a time will come when I might be debilitated and just a shadow of my former self.  It doesn’t happen overnight, but one day, I imagine, you wake up and realize that you are on an irreversible course with death.

Ok, so back to Game of Thrones.  Certain things remained the same over time – the consumption of food, the joy of sex, the bonds of family, the ego that drives people to violence, and the fear of the unknown.  Perhaps all of these things make us inherently human and will continue to exist.  Or maybe they won’t.  Perhaps the book, with us for centuries in its current printed form, will no longer be with us in the future.

Books are us.  They are extensions – and reflections – of who we are.  There’s a reason that thrillers involving psycho killers outsell books of poetry that discuss love, life, and morality.  There’s a reason business books outsell some other genres.  Books give us not only what we want, but what we need.

The future of books is at a crossroads.  Will books keep acting as an authoritative, comprehensive, research-based source of reliable information – or will they become a home for old blog posts and opinionated essays?  Will technology make books obsolete, whether an e-book or a printed book, simply because people will only look for shorter pieces that pop up on our screens from a simple search?

Like anything, we -- society — define the value and worth of a viewpoint, a way of life, a thing, a resource.  Books still have perceived value today, but will that always be the case?  

Will a futuristic Game of Thrones exist with books?  Time, technology and human lifestyle will dictate whether our world embraces or extinguishes books.


“A painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.”
--Paul Valery

“People know what they want because they know what other people want.”
--Theodor Adorno

“The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

“He will never have true friends who is afraid of making enemies.”
--William Hazlitt


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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