If you like "Game of Thrones", then you might enjoy...

Noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Political and sexual intrigue is pervasive. They are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne. This is a grand story of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. When you play the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die. While the noble families play their deadly game a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Only a neglected military order of sinners and outcasts, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and this ancient evil.

TV-Shows

Tv Show cover: House of Cards

House of Cards

Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood and his wife Claire stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wickedly dark political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, corruption and betrayal in modern D.C. politics.

Is it good:
I haven`t seen the original version, but I absolutely love this new version from Netflix. House of Cards is the best political drama show I have ever watched.

Why:
Political power struggle, willingness to do whatever it takes to get to the top. This is a common theme for both of these series. The quote “For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” by Frank Underwood from House of Cards could just as likely have been a quote by Littlefinger from Game of Thrones. Frank Underwood from House of Cards would have been a real contender for the throne if he was lucky enough to have been born in Westeros. House of Cards are set in modern USA and it mainly follows one character, Frank Underwood.

Tv Show cover: Legend Of The Seeker

Legend Of The Seeker

The Legend Of The Seeker follows the adventures of Richard Cypher the new "Seeker of Truth", Kahlan Amnell the last Mother Confessor, Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander a wizard of the first order, Cara a warrior (Mord-Sith) as they fight for the people of their realm against tyrants and destroyers. The TV show differ substantially the books (Sword of Truth).

Is it good:
I have only seen season one, I was a little irritated that it differ so much from the book series. However, I do plan to give it another chance.

Why:
They are both based on a huge fantasy book series. The sword of Truth (Legend of the Seeker) is finished, but A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) are far from finished. It will probably take years and years before I have to update the previous sentence. Legend of the Seeker is not as good as Game of Throne. That is true for both the book and the TV series, but especially the TV series. But it is still worth watching.

Tv Show cover: Rome

Rome

The two fictional Roman soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo are the main characters in Rome. They interact with the powerful historical figures in Rome, and both experience and influence with key historical moments. This TV show depict a down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Is it good:
This is a really good show. It looks like it depict the ancient Roman empire in a realistic fashion, but what do I know, I`m not an historian.

Why:
These two series have the same feel to them. They both have a extensive character list, lots of insane violence, deep three dimensional characters. It is newer a simple case of good versus evil in Game of Thrones or Rome, they are both good at operating in shades of grey.

Tv Show cover: Children of Dune

Children of Dune

Children of Dune is a journey into interstellar intrigue where the Great Houses of the Empire are full with rumours of conspiracy, plotting and betrayal. The story takes place on the desert planet of Dune, where an ancient prophecy has been fulfilled. A miraculous transformation of the arid wastelands has been triggered by the legendary Muad’dib.He no longer wields absolute power as the Emperor, and his son Leto Atreides and daughter Ghanima face the possibility of a devestating civil war and chaos on a galactic scale. And now with the future of the vital Spice trade in the balance, the destiny of humanity itself will depend on the courage, strength and otherworldly wisdom of The Children of Dune!

Is it good:
I remember liking it, but it is so long ago that I cant remember how much I liked it. I might watch it again some time to see if it is actually worth recommending or not.

Why:
Both series are full of political intrigue conspiracy, plotting and betrayal. The main difference is that Children of Dune is a sci-fi space opera mini series while Game of Thrones is a mediaeval fantasy series.

Tv Show cover: The Tudors

The Tudors

In Tudors we follow the reign of King Henry VIII as he manoeuvres through a series of betrayals and plots against him. His complications with the church and his infamous marriages are also dramatised for us in this dramatic TV series.

Is it good:
This is a splendid TV show, absolute worth watching.

Why:
Both are set in medieval times, kings, political plots and grabs for power. The Tudors are a fictional tale of historical events. Most of the main events surrounding King Henry VIII is portrayed in this show.

Tv Show cover: Da Vinci's Demons

Da Vinci's Demons

Da Vinci's Demons is a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. It follows Leonardo as he is dragged in to the political webb of the Medici and Pazzi families and their relationships with the Catholic Church. In addition to this Leonardo's has his obsession in obtain the Book of Leaves and finds himself entangled with a cult known as the Sons of Mithras, and the Catholic Church. Da Vinci is ever the "mad" genius with a insane solution to any problem.

Is it good:
Not the best show, but I do watch it. People that like this kind of shows should give it a try.

Why:
They both contain plots and intrigues, and are set in fictional medieval times. Da Vinci's Demons follows only one person as the main character (Da Vinci), and it is a little milder on the violence and sex.

Tv Show cover: Spartacus

Spartacus

Spartacus a Thracian warrior, is together with his tribe enlisted by the Romans to fight. After bad treatment from the Romans he gets his destiny sealed by an act of rebellious violence. As punishment he faces death by being forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena. Watch the story of his rise to become history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and explicit sex. The inspiration behind this series is the historical Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

Is it good:
This is a extremely good series, as long as you are not among the faint of hart.

Why:
Swords, fights, blood, gore, dark and full of nudity and sex. They both have plenty of it. But that is not all, they are both excellent shows with deep and gripping stories.

Tv Show cover: Vikings

Vikings

Vikings are set in historical dark ages, the Viking age of Scandinavia. The series follows Ragnar (a legendary figure from Norse mythology), a former farmer who rises to fame and power by successful raids into England with the support of his family and fellow warriors. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar follows the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods.

Is it good:
I have currently only watched season one, I plan to watch the rest, because this is a good show. Hopefully the other seasons will be just as good.

Why:
It is lighter on the brutal violence and disturbing sex acts that is seen in Game of Thrones.

Tv Show cover: Dexter

Dexter

Dexter Morgan, by day a blood spatter pattern expert for the Miami Metro police department, but by night he becomes a brutal serial killer. Dexter, Like most serial killers, only kills people who fit a very specific profile. He follows a "moral code" taught to him by his late father Harry, he only kills violent criminals that slips between lady justice`s fingers. Dexter is grappling with fitting into society while, at the same time, he struggles with his inability to feel emotion.

Is it good:
Each season of Dexter is made up of a story that start at episode one and ends at the season finale. I have not watched the last season jet, but I am going to because this is an absolute fantastic series. It is strange how the writers manage to have feelings for a serial killer.

Books

Book cover: The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien

A hobbit gets a ring and the wizard discover its evil power. They have to destroy it, but only one place can do that. A small fellowship is formed to get to he place it has to be destroyed. Orcs and other evils try to stop them... You know the story, no need for me to tell more of it.

Is it good:
The Lord of the Rings is a classic fantasy book and a must read for any fan of the genre.

Why:
The reasons to read the book is mostly the same as those to watch the movies, only the books are always better.

Book cover: A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

This is the first book in explores a A Song of Ice and Fire, this series is set in medieval-like fantasy world where summers span decades and winter can last a lifetime. The characters in this epic story are struggling amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror in the only game that matters, the game of thrones. And in this game you either win or you die, there is no middle ground.

Is it good:
This is an excellent book series. It is sadly not finished jet, and it will probably take decades before it is finished, unless the author gets his finger out of his ass. But it is worth to wait on books of this superb quality.

Why:
This is the TV show adaptation of the books. This is one of the better book adaptations.

Book cover: Wizard's First Rule

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) by Terry Goodkind

Richard Cypher, a young man in the Westland, helps out Kahlan Amnell, a young woman from the Midlands in trouble. She has managed to cross the boundary between the lands to see Zedd, of all people. She brings with her dark news from the other side of the Boundary. Darken Rahl, Ruler of D'Hara, has brought down the Boundary between D'Hara and the Midlands. Kahlan Amnell seeks a great wizard who had left the Midlands for the Magic free Westlands to have him Name a Seeker of Truth. That way they can find a way to defend them self against Darken Rahl.

Is it good:
I remember that I really liked The Sword of Truth. I guess i still do. I have read that some people complain about bad writing, that might be true, but I am very seldom affected by bad writing. I am more interesting in story and characters, and that it has. This book series is absolutely worth a try... if you have time for 11+ books with about 700 pages each.

Book cover: The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1) by Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. The first book in The Wheel of Time (The Eye of the World) starts out in the peaceful village of Emond's Field. The villagers pay little attention to rumours of war in the western lands until a brutal attack by Trollocs, troll-like minions of the Dark One, forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World.

Is it good:
This richly detailed fantasy presents a fully realized, complex adventure which will appeal to fans of classic fantasy. The Wheel of time is highly recommended, however, some of the later books can be a drag to read.

Book cover: The Dragonbone Chair

The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn #1) by Tad Williams

The High King of Osten Ard, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. With his death, the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, will finally be free to unleash his plans to regain his lost realm. Only the League of the Scroll, a small secret group with members scattered all over, recognizes the true danger. Simon, a castle scullion and an unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, will be tossed out in the centre of the conflict and the Leagues quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power. Simon will be confronted with enemies straight out of a legend-maker's worst nightmares!

Is it good:
I remember I was spell-bound by this trilogy. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn was one of the earlier fantasy series i read, and it was really good. All fantasy fans should read this trilogy.

Book cover: Name of the Wind

Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

This is the first book in the Kingkiller Chronicle, a story that tells a first person story of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as an orphan suer rat in a crime ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful gamble to enter a legendary school of magic.

Is it good:
This book starts out a little slow, but it becomes one of the better fantasy books there is. It`s a must read for any fantasy book lover.

Movies

Movie cover: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring we are introduces to Frodo as he receives the ring from Bilbo. He starts on his journey to Mordor to destroy the ring in the fires of Mount Doom. On his way there we are in this first part gradually introduced to his companions that will join him in a fellowship to destroy the ring. This journey will be full of perils, from small skirmishes, to large battles and to internal battles of the mind.

Is it good:
I remember I could barely wait for the next movie in this series when I first watched it. This is the first movie in a really good movie trilogy. It also keeps fairly close to the story told in the books. A must watch for everyone.

Why:
They are both based on fantasy books, excellent books I might add. Other than the fantasy setting, they do not have to much in common. But if you like one, you will most likely like the other. Lord of the Rings is not as raw and brutal as Game of Thrones. And the story it mor black and white, good versus evil.

Movie cover: Conan The Barbarian

Conan The Barbarian

The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to get his revenge on the evil warlord who attacked his village and murdered his father when he was a boy. His quest soon turns into epic battles against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as he realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria.

Is it good:
Not among the best movies, but absolutely worth watching. I liked it more than the original Conan version with Arnold as Conan.

Why:
Jason Momoa plays both Conan and Khal Drogo (Game of Thrones). I am not exactly sure why else I think they belong together, other than I feel like they do.

Movie cover: Gladiator

Gladiator

Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus, a powerful Roman general, loved by him and the people, to be his heir over his own son, Commodus. A power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death while Commodus becomes the new Emperor. Maximus is unable to save his family, and his following loss of will allows him to get captured by Commodus and put into the Gladiator games until he dies. The only desire that fuels him now is the chance to rise to the top so so he has a chance for the revenge of his dreams.

Is it good:
This is a masterly done movie, I absolutely love it.

Why:
They do not have to much in common, other than violence, brutality and swords. However, if you like one, you will most likely like the other.