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A Song of Ice and Fire books are in the list of banned books in Kansas state prisons

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A Song of Ice and Fire books are in the list of banned books in Kansas state prisons

Reading about dragons and ice zombies can help you break out of prison. Or so Kansas Prison authorities seem to be thinking these days. A list of all the books (some 7,000 of them) banned for reading in Kansas state prisons has recently come to light, and all the five books from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (on which Game of Thrones is based) are on it.

If Martin feels bad for the exclusion, he may find some solace in the illustrious company. Among the books banned in those prisons are Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, Ron Stallworth’s Black Klansman, Soloman Northup’s 12 Years A Slave, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and several James Patterson novels. The list also includes many ‘How to’ books, role-playing manuals, several Marvel and DC comics, and magazines like Cosmopolitan, Allure, Elle, Art in America, Hot Bike and Hooters. 

The list was accessed by Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) in association with Books for Prisoners, a humanitarian organization that donates books to prison facilities. Books to Prisoners organizer and Public Records Manager at the HRDC Michelle Dillon told Newsweek that while it’s common for prison authorities to restrict access to some books, the sheer number of books banned at Kansas state prisons seem unbelievable. In her words, “Kansas… it just seems like they hate books.” 

Some of the choices might make sense from strictly a prison authority point-of-view; they may not want books that include lots of sex and violence, prison breaking details, maps, or anything that may inspire chaos inside the facilities or help foster plans of escape.

However, many of the books and magazines on the list do not fit even that description. the ASOIAF books, for example, have not been banned for violent or explicit content, but for its inclusion of maps. Now, the maps in those books are obviously all imaginary and would help no one unless they were looking for a secret tunnel into the Red Keep. But prison authorities seem to have missed those finer distinctions.

Dillon puts this mainly to“no accountability, no oversight and very vague policies that allow for a lot of interpretation.” Any random employee, for example, may shuffle through a copy of A Game of Thrones, spot the Westeros maps, and immediately put it on the banned section, not bothering to check whether the map in question was real or imaginary.

Guess somebody should tell them the difference now since the ASOIAF series seem to be much in demand – there have been several appeals for the books in the past few years!

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Writer, translator, and high fantasy nerd based in Kolkata, India. Would dearly love to own a pet dragon some day, but the black market isn't really helping.

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Game of Thrones dominates Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 10 wins

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Game of Thrones dominates Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 10 wins

Game of Thrones has kicked off the awards season with a bang. The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were recently announced, and Game of Thrones walked away with a new record of 10 wins! Read on!

Deadline published the results of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are announced a few days, usually a week, before the Primetime Emmy Awards. Game of Thrones had previously won a record 7 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Season 7, (and already one for 2019 Emmys with 32 nominations,) but has now returned with 10 wins for Season 8. Let’s look at all the categories:

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night” – Ramin Djawadi

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Outstanding Main Title Design

The highlight of the 10 wins is, of course, Ramin Djawadi winning for music composition again. Also, five of the ten wins are for “The Long Night”, which is expected to win more at the Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled to take place September 22nd.

Here’s hoping Game of Thrones breaks more records there. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Disney officially confirms Kit Harington’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Disney confirms and reveals Kit Harington's role for Marvel Cinematic Universe's The Eternals

Game of Thrones actors seem to be making the most of the popularity that the show brought to them. The latest actor to enter a giant franchise post-Thrones is Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow. Earlier, we reported that Kit was joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now we not only have an official confirmation but more details about his role. Read on!

As you might know, Disney is currently holding the D23 Expo, which is a showcase for its projects, especially upcoming ones. Hidden among the plethora of projects announced, mostly for Disney+, was a small casting announcement that came from MCU chief Kevin Feige. He announced Kit Harington as a cast member for MCU’s The Eternals, and Kit will be playing the role of Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight!

The Eternals, set for release on November 6, 2020, was announced recently with a star-studded cast, which included none other than Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark on Thrones. Now Kit has joined the cast. Black Knight isn’t one of the Eternals but is a pretty important character in the comics, which means that we will see Kit’s brooding self in the MCU for a while. Looks like we might end up getting more Robb/Jon interaction through the MCU than we ever did on Game of Thrones.

What do you guys think? Excited to see the Stark brothers reunite in the MCU? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Kit Harington to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Game of Thrones starts seem to be finding themselves in all sorts new projects, but the latest rumor might be the grandest of them all. Kit Harington, who played the role of Jon Snow, is said to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aka the MCU. Read on!

The news, while still technically a rumor as of now, comes from a report from Deadline. Apparently sources have confirmed that Kit Harington will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was not a part of the official announcement of the next phase of the MCU, which was revealed recently. However, with the D23 expo currently going on, a lot of new announcements are coming from Disney this week. While the report says no more details are known as of now, an official announcement might come from D23 before the end of the expo. Not to forget, Kit will be joining his ‘brother’ Richard Madden, who has been announced to be a part of MCU’s The Eternals.

Now, there is no shortage of projects in MCU to accommodate new actors, especially leads, with many of the former lead actors either moving on, or getting close to the end of their MCU stints. We could see Kit become one of the new faces of the MCU. However it’s also possible he plays one of the smaller characters or villains in one of the already announced films. For now, the fan favourite choice seems to be Adam Warlock, who was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

What role would you want to see Kit play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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