There was much that was wrong in the era of Eisenhower/Kennedy
but can you imagine audiences watching
Jackass or The Bachelor,
shows which consist of penis jokes or swallowing the sham of 20 women claiming to have a "connection" with a single, Ken-like playboy?
Can you imagine millions of dollars being made by audiences flocking to movies like Saw or Hostel?
Which is worse? Game of Thrones or the culture that adores it?
No, GOT is not realistic.
Yes, rape and torture existed in the truly Dark Ages,
but where are the deaths from influenza, or child birth, or infected gums? -- much less the lack of hygiene or teeth.
Game of Thrones allows the viewer to revel in depravity from afar.
No one likes being called a voyeur, especially a voyeur of human depravity.
Yet, few nobles of Westeros are killed by influenza, alcohol poisoning, or being thrown from their horse.
Every one of Mr. Martin's unmarried female characters is raped (or barely escapes it).
Barbarous and violent as they may be, the Iliad and the early books of the Old Testament present a wider array of emotions and human motivations
than can be found in all of the Song of Ice and Fire books combined.
This is why they are still read all these millenia later.
They capture enough of the human condition to resonate across centuries.
This is an achievement I believe Mr. Martin's shallow world of vice-driven characters can never hope to attain.
Why the audiences of GOT think it is realistic is the great mystery.
Have we reached a point where a story will not be hailed as authentic, deep, and “real” if it is not also dark, gritty, and violent?
Why is a world of grisly barbarity the only setting for moral drama modern audiences find acceptable?
Is that why Atticus Finch being revealed as a bigot after all made SET A WATCHMAN so popular?
Do we want to subconsciously justify our own desire to be shabby this way?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?