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I just don't understand Game of Thrones

Every now and then, along comes a TV show, movie, book or trend that all your friends love. They talk about it in the office, post Facebook updates about it, count down the days until the next episode (or book or upcoming film) and you...just don't get it.

Some people feel this way about things I like -- Harry Potter and Glee come to mind -- but my example? Game of Thrones.

I know a lot of people who love the books in the Song of Fire and Ice series, and have really gotten invested in the HBO TV series. Even though I don't usually read high fantasy, it sort of sounds like something I might like. It's a big and epic series, with lots of characters and interweaving story lines. Surely I could read past the weird character names and settings -- the thing that usually turns me off from high fantasy -- and just enjoy the story. So I checked out a copy of the first book from the library, just to test the waters.

I tried. I read more than 200 pages (The books is more than 600 in total). But I just can't get into it. The plot just seems unnecessarily confusing and I don't care about any of the characters. Finishing it feels like a chore and at this point, I'm just picking at it, a chapter at a time. If I'm going to read a novel that's more than 600 pages, I'd better be so engrossed in the story that I can't wait to go home and read it. I'd better love the characters so much I don't want the story to end.

If I owned the book, I might set it aside for a while and come back to it -- sometimes you just have to read a book at the right point in your life for your opinion to change. But it's a library copy, due back at the end of this week. While I could go out a buy a copy or try renewing the book so I could finish it, I'm not going to. There are others on a waiting list to check it out who might find it more entertaining than I do.

Are there any pop culture trends you just don't get? And if you are a Game of Thrones fan, what am I missing?