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'Game Of Thrones' Brushed Off As Just Sex And Dragons By British Author Bernard Cornwell

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 13/10/2015 Cole Delbyck

You hear that? That's the sound of fan girls and boys getting ready for battle.

"Game of Thrones" has attracted a considerable amount of negative attention in recent months from it's hypersexualiztion of the female body to its controversial depiction of rape. However, it's most recent critique comes from an unlikely source: Bernard Cornwell, the British author of The Saxon Stories and Waterloo.

The BBC adaptation of The Saxon Stories, now called "The Last Kingdom," premiered last week and tells the story of the creation of England through the eyes of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the orphaned son of a Saxon nobleman. The series is already being compared to the HBO stalwart because of its medieval setting and penchant for violence and political maneuvering. 

Although Cornwell hasn't seen "Game of Thrones" (HOW?!), he had a few choice words for those who think the shows are similar. 

"If I was a commissioning editor at the BBC I’d say, 'We want 'Game of Thrones' -- boys, let’s have dragons and tits,'" he told the Telegraph during a visit to the set of "The Last Kingdom." "But as much as I love George [R.R. Martin]'s book, it doesn’t have that grounding in reality. Mine continually has to come back to this real story -- the making of England."  

Cornell doubled down on the "Game of Thrones" shade in an interview with the Radio Times. "So many characters. So many strands. You have to have large sections where the plot is explained, just have to sit there and be told what's going on. This is very, very dull. So they put a lot of naked women behind it all."

"They're called 'sexplanations' in the trade. My programs won't need sexplanations."

Those are some fighting words!


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