Youth Club Lessons Learnt from Game of Thrones
Whilst at our Youth Club every Tuesday evening, which is normally a quiet night. There always seems to be a topic on everyone’s mind and not just the staff moaning about the lack of salary being paid on time or the poor management structure that I am responsible for.
Well this week was the exception as the Connor McGregor and Mayweather fight had taken place and yes we stayed up all night at the Club with some die hard statistician and conspiracy theorists who spend their wasted geniuses pretending to be Youth Workers and a few older young people to carefully selected to watch it… it appears to be an initiation into adulthood for some of our young people staying up all night, eating Pizza and drinking copious amounts of Caffeinated Coke in an attempt to appear all “grown up” more on that in some up and coming blogs.
What apparently and very surprisingly is the topic…well I can tell you to my surprise it’s not religion politics or on this occasion football but Game of Thrones.
Now I admit I am not a fan and I find it confusing why sixteen toseventeen-year-oldyoung people would actually enjoy watching this programme on watching a YouTube advertisement I find it all about dragons!!! And scantily dressed ladies and lots of bloody dramatic scenes… now as I’m typing this it appears obvious why any testosterone ridden young male may watch but there appears to be in my opinion an alarming number of young girls, so today I have the intention of getting a few there were three taking them to one side and asking them what and why they watched it.
I have to admit that I was half expecting “Well My boyfriend watches it…” type of all too familiar response but I have to admit that I was taken aback at some of the responses. (before even meeting with the young ladies I quickly “googled” “Game Of Thrones” and read about the main characters and the themes in order to appear somewhat well versed with young people’s interests.
So around a fairly large desk I sat with three young ladies who had turned up to the youth club for “something to do” I had them sit with me and talk about why they watched Game of Thrones but more importantly who were their favourite characters and what lessons have they learned.
A group of young lads who were curious stopped playing table tennis and shouted out “I learned don’t mess about with a hot bird with three dragons…two now!!!” Another shouted “All the fighting it’s like a proper movie. Once they had finished a more sensible response came from my group.
“I like the dwarf Tyrion he is really brave” A Dwarf I asked in ridicule after a few moments of some contemplation and in an almost mocking response. “Yes, a dwarf in other movies you get really muscly blokes who are the hero and they always win but Tyrion has to struggle, nothing comes easy ohhh and he killed his dad.!!” (I wasn’t sure how to relate to the last statement, but another young lady explained that she liked the “Stark” sisters Arya and Sansa.
After we finished our conversation we looked on a laptop at the main stars of Game Of Thrones Season 7 and I asked all the young people gathered who their favourite heroes were and of the eight mentioned Daenerys, the Dragon Queen. Tyrion, the dwarf.Jon Snow, Main hero. Arya Stark the Assassin. Sansa Stark, Arya’s older sister. Cersei Lannister, The Queen and Jamie Lannister the Queens brother, whom she has sex with.
4 that is half were strong female characters the puzzle seemed to make sense now Game of Thrones is probably the only programme on Modern Television today where from the outset you have strong female leads Characters with their obvious flaws.
So…… if anyone who is reading this has anything to do with creating, writing, directing or producing Game Of Thrones, can I say from the inner city of Birmingham from a rundown, tatty, old, youth club building, a Hearty big “Thank You.” I’m just picturing something Samwell Tarly would say on opening up a dusty old scroll from the citadel and discovering the impact a Television Programme can have on the lives of young people a million miles away….