Welcome to the Storm Cloud section of the blog. This is where you can read the essays of SandraM and her ideas on topics such as Sansa, Jon, Honey, and even the chilling parallels GRRM may used from War of the Worlds.
I’m Sandra and upfront, I want to thank @FattestLeech for allowing me to share some of my essays about ASOIAF with you, her followers. As a person of color in the fandom whose voice is often not heard, this opportunity is much appreciated.
My regular blog Storm Cloud Rising, can be found here. It’s centered around things I like—be it fashion, art, TV shows or books, and a big part of it are the essays I write about the novels that make up George R.R. Martin’s world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
I’ve been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since I was a kid having to sneak and read my brother’s comic books. He never trusted me to put them back in their protective plastic bags and he was right. However, over time, he willingly allowed me to read not just his comics but the fantasy books in his collection and it is from him that my love of the genre grew and developed.
I first discovered GRRM in 1997 when the paperback edition of AGOT was first published. During summer vacation, I walked into my local B. Dalton (when the store still existed) looking for a book to read and happened upon the just released paperback edition of AGOT. It was the original cover with the wraparound art that featured a snowy Northern landscape with Jon on the front in black, and Ghost on the back cover. As I was not familiar with Martin at the time, it was the cover art that made me pick up the book.
I’ve always been a big fan of epic fantasy and the artwork screamed that the character in black was about to start a long trek both literally and figuratively. I wanted to read about his journey and little did I know that almost 25 years later, I would still be digging into the books and discovering something new with almost every reread.
George has created an unbelievably rich world and there are so many essays that I would like to write about the characters and stories. Most of the ones I’ve written so far and which I will be sharing with you are about the Starks, with the emphasis on Sansa as I think that her role in the story is misunderstood. Also, while I will sometimes mention the show and the writers’ interpretation of George’s masterpiece, the books are always the focus of my analysis.
I hope you enjoy reading and please share your thoughts and questions. And thanks again to @fattestLeech for sharing my essays.
Recent essays include: