Part 1 found here.
I was trying to explain Game of Thrones -- again -- to Diego last night.
Me: So you have these two families, the Starks and the Lannisters.
Diego: And the Lannisters are the bad guys?
Me: Umm, mostly. Some of the best characters are Lannisters, actually. They're all interesting, even the bad ones. They're aggressive and good at consolidating power and they're really loyal to each other-- to the point of creepiness in some cases. But yeah, the main bad guys are Lannisters.
Diego: Got it. Some good ones, mostly bad ones, and super efficient.
Me: Yes. And the Starks are mostly good guys, in that they always want to do the right thing, but they tend to kind of suck at it.
Diego: How so?
Me: Oh, I don't know. They just don't seem to be able to accomplish their goals without a million little things going wrong and inevitably everything gets much worse than it was before.
Diego: Hmmm. So would you say that the Lannisters are the Republicans and the Starks are the Democrats of fantasy literature?