By Damilola Faustino
Game of Thrones is arguably one of the best television series in the last decade. It is a captivating and gripping series that has gotten worldwide attention. In fact, with the popularity it has garnered in the past few years, you would think it is a grievous sin for anyone not to watch it.
Well for beginners, GoT is set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos and has several plot lines and a large ensemble cast but centres on three primary story lines.
The first storyline centers on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms (the North, the Iron Islands, the Riverlands, the Vale, the Westerlands, the Stormlands, the Reach, the Crownlands, and Dorne) and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne. Want to know the 2nd and 3rd storyline? You need to go get the series from seasons 1-7!
This is by the way. What we want to highlight here is what Nollywood, which is the overhyped name of Nigeria’s film industry can learn from GoT.
There is nothing wrong with film adaptation of a book
The plot of Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire. What the producers of GoT did is to ensure that they made a fantastic movie off the book. Here in Nigeria, there are only a handful of producers who favour film adaptation of a book. We can recall Tunde Kelani’s Thunderbolt, an adaptation of renowned Yoruba scholar, Adebayo Faleti’s novel, Magun and Dazzling Mirage, an adaptation of Yinka Egbokhare’s novel of the same title. The production does not have to be on the scale of GoT. At least, this will save Nollywood enthusiasts from watching movies with watery and weak storylines.
Quality films MAY not be produced in three months
The reason why Nollywood is the second or third biggest film industry in the world is because of the outrageous number of movies that are released yearly. Give a typical Nigerian producer 3 months, he would produce if not one but two movies. At least, a one off movie should take 6 months or a year.
Showcase our tourist attraction
The ambience of Game of Throne is just out of this world. Some of the scenes were shot in Winterfell—Northern Ireland, North of the Wall—Iceland, and Qarth—Croatia. Tourists are flooding to these countries because GoT scenes were shot there. If Nigerian movies can showcase our tourist sites, it will no doubt encourage Nigerians to check out these sites.
Give fans something to talk about
If you follow Game of Thrones, there is always something to talk about. There’s Cersei who sleeps with her brother, Arya who went to train with the faceless gods, the d*ckless men/soldiers, the likeable character of Jon Snow, The Dothraki who love to kill, etc. There are so many talking points for Game of Thrones that you cannot wait for the next episode. Take a Nigerian film, you already know the end of the movie before it ends. Very predictable. Hence, there is absolutely nothing to look forward to in part 2 or next series.
Make plot and storyline realistic
Regardless of the fact that GoT was an adaptation of a book, the story is realistic and believable. The dragons were made to look real and the war was real. The truth is many Nollywood movies are unrealistic. Just look at the accident scene of a Nigerian movie and you will shudder!