Every TV fan loves talking about his favorite show by the watercooler at work the day after it airs.
The Wyoming Free Library takes the dishing one step further by moving the watercooler talk into the library after work.
The buzz about “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO American fantasy drama TV series, has become so big that the library has decided to get it on on the game, so to speak.
Fans are invited to a new discussion group from 4-5 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 7 and continuing until the season finale. The show will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday.
The discussion group is fashioned after the library’s other two TV discussion groups, centered on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” which both began this year. The discussions are designed to take place the day after the TV shows air.
John Roberts, head librarian and moderator of the discussion groups, admits it’s a little unusual for a library to discuss TV shows, but he said it complements the library because the programs are based on written material. “Game of Thrones” is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled “A Game of Thrones.” The title comes from a proverb that Queen Cersei quotes on page 471: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
Roberts has noticed an interest in printed matter on the TV shows since the discussion groups began.
A dozen or more people will attend the sessions each week to discuss plot lines and twists in the action and character development. While watching the show the night before, Roberts will usually outline three topics he hopes to discuss the next day. He said the groups have been well-received and attendees have been cordial to any conflicting viewpoints.
“It really helps generate interest in the library since we are open to current programs and events,” Roberts said. “I try to tie in shows with the literary world.”
He further promotes the TV discussion on the library’s Facebook page and encourages those not able to attend the sessions in person to participate online.
Although Roberts had both read and watched “The Walking Dead” and “Downton Abbey,” he had never seen an episode of “Game of Thrones” until he planned the discussion group. He had heard so much buzz about the show that he thought a pow-wow about it would be good for the library.
He recently binge-watched all three seasons on DVD this year to prepare himself for his role as moderator and member.
“I loved it,” he said. “It is my genre. I love fantasy programs. I got caught up in the story, and the characters are well-received. Once I put the DVD in, it was nonstop for season one.”
Roberts is about 200 pages into “A Game of Thrones,” the first of the novels on which the show is based, and expects to finish by the time the TV group begins.
“This is the first time that I’ve seen a show before I’ve actually read the book,” he said. “It was a different experience for me. The show helped me in the pronunciation of the names. Some of the names are really tough. By watching it on TV first, it also helped me visualize some of the scenes better.”
The library will host a book discussion sesson from 4-5 p.m. April 24 on “Game of Thrones” printed material. “Hopefully, we can compare the book and the TV show,” Roberts said.
He said the library has the “Game of Thrones” series of books, the “Walking Dead” books and printed material on “Downton Abbey.” It plans to add more literature about all three TV shows to its collection.