Dear Game of Thrones Fan,
I don’t watch Game of Thrones. Never have.
Now, before you go rushing to the comments section at the bottom of the page to tell me how astonished you are (no doubt in a tone of admonishment), let me finish.
I missed the initial viewing boat when Game of Thrones began because it was only available on Pay TV and we didn’t have it.
Now, before you go rushing to the comments section at the bottom of the page to tell me about streaming services, dvds and nefarious means of watching television shows (I know all that), let me finish.
You see, I’m not actually interested in watching Game of Thrones. At all.
“But you don’t know what you’re missing!”
Well, if I don’t know, I won’t miss it. I don’t think my life will be any the lesser for it.
You know, the more you tell me I must watch it, the more determined I’m going to become to never, ever watch it.
Contrary Mary, that’s me.
“That kind of attitude could mean you miss out on the best things in life!”
Now, tell me, honestly, if someone asked you, “What are the best things in your life?” what would you say? Would a television show make the list? Family, friends, music, art, travel…these would be on my list. I’m not sure television would rate very highly, if at all.
A bit of perspective, please.
What bothers me the most, however, is watching someone share the fact that they’ve never watched Game of Thrones on social media and seeing the comments fill with insults.
“Loser”, “Idiot” and worse.
Now, I look around the world and do you know what I think is wrong with a lot of it? We’re sinking into a mire of intolerance. If someone looks different, worships a different god, speaks in a different language, has different abilities, believes in something different, loves someone different, the shouty voices come out.
Goodness knows, we have issues we need to discuss and to find some commonality to move forward in peace and humanity. Insisting that I love the same television show that you do is not one of them.
So, let’s respect each other’s likes and dislikes and please don’t insist that I watch Game of Thrones.
And I won’t call you a loser if you don’t watch Doctor Who.