Another Game of Thrones

So, what is all the fuss about this famous game? Even Perez Hilton is talking about it (!). Not that following a trend or the majority has always proved it was a good idea, it just seems that the writing and the content of the show are actually showcasing a number of talents. Can 10 million be wrong? Loving the medieval version of politics, power, sex and great scenery sounds somewhat more refined than what we can read in the daily news: is it that much different though? Or have we become just too polite, and maybe too politically correct, to intentionally avoid talking about what happens behind closed doors? And positively think it was more upfront in the middle ages?

Or maybe we just love the costumes and other stories from some royalty, with the secret hope we could get to meet one of them, and live their life even for a day. The fascination for power (which does not always equate to authority these days) and the scandals, romances and other family accidents drags millions, whether it is by the Thames river for the Queen’s diamond jubilee or in Monaco for the changing of the Guard. Does that make curious and other true fans of any sovereignty family royalist? Unlikely, and all the subject of the Queen’s, for instance, could not care less about the festivities around some anniversary of her being on the royal throne.

Watching some royalty live their life through the eyes of the authorised media nowadays still makes some dream, and take planes to be as close as possible to a piece of the power, now often confused with celebrity. The paparazzi however portray more tumultuous details which belong more to a soap opera, wanting to accentuate their drama whenever possible. In other words, what is sometimes considered as trash media becomes a television hit series when transposed to medieval times. The production channel is already selling related merchandising, and that is felt as classy and special for the in-crowd, while tourist shops keep clocking high sales of royal paraphernalia, belonging to the kitsch category. Interesting game, indeed.

What happens behind closed doors can be (and hopefully mostly is) fun, and can easily turn an audience off if and when the door is wide open, making it “public”. Knowledge is power, and power, sometimes, attracts money: that might be the core of any game, the throne will stay, the one sitting on it will change. That is just the natural rule. Elizabeth has been holding onto it for 60 years now, and the concert organised yesterday in front of Buckingham Palace was exceptionally produced. Besides the famous artists singing there, not one detail of the event had been ignored. Now that only raises the bar very high for the next big game(s) coming up in 52 days today, and London will be on the throne for a few weeks. Then our attention spam will move on: to another game, and another throne.