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What if the Game of Thrones characters were book publishers?

Similarities between the HBO series and our industry are remarkable

There’s no question that the publishing industry is going through a lot of changes. It’s the last industry to go digital, and as a result going through the fastest disruption. Watching the Game of Thrones is like watching a war between traditional publishing houses, startups, tech giants, indie publishers, and other players in the industry.

The Game of Thrones, an HBO Series based on the book series by George R.R. Martin, focuses on the mythical kingdom of Westeros. Westeros consists of 9 administrative regions ruled by the Iron Throne. The Kingdom of Westeros is constantly under threat from The Others, White Walkers, and Wildings who live beyond The Wall.

In the beginning of The Game of Thrones the old world order comes to an end. The king of the Iron Throne is killed and the well-loved leader, Ned Stark, is executed. Wars start and pretty soon several houses vy for kingship and their own fiefdoms. In an effort to win, there are struggles, alliances, and marriages between powerful families.

Game of Thrones Characters

If the Game of Thrones characters were key players in the publishing industry, who would they be? There definitely are parallels between the crumbling kingdom of Westeros and the traditional publishing industry.

Traditional Publishers as King Baratheon

Apple as Daenerys Targaryen

Renley Baratheon as Barnes & Noble

 Cersei Lannister as Amazon

Publishing startups as Jon Snow

Stannis Baratheon as Indie Publishing/Self-Publishers

May the best player win!

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Comments: 9

  1. Love this analogy…

  2. OMG! I’m either Jon Snow or Stannis Baratheon?!! Oh such perspective…does my German Shepard count as a Dire Wolf? I know my boyfriend is the red fire witch…doing everything in his power to see me rise. How cool is this! Thanks! I think you’ve brought a sharp image into my mind of the industry…but what about the starks? How do they fit in?

  3. Jon Snow is a Stark! ­čÖé

  4. This is fun! I propose my favorite character, Tyrion Lannister, as a
    small traditional niche publisher. He’s extremely intelligent but
    unambitious, a generally ignored member of a powerful but threatened
    family who is concerned primarily with staying out of the fray and
    preserving and enjoying his life by keeping a low profile?

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