The world is a beautiful place, but sometimes it can feel like a harsh place too. Sometimes, all you want to do is just forget about all the troubles and enjoy the simple things in life. Do you ever feel like that?

Sometimes, we need a little pick-me-up, a little something to remind us that life is good and that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. For those who read my work, you know that I’m a big fan of fantasy fiction, especially when it comes to books and TV shows featuring the wonderful world of Westeros. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, you might know that one of the central characters is the beautiful, young princess, Princess Shireen (played by my lovely little sister, Rose).

Last year, I was gifted with the opportunity to interview Rose about her life in the fantasy world of Westeros. The interview went so well that I decided to do a little Q&A with her fans. That’s when I decided to re-read one of the best novels of all time: A Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. If you’ve never read it, go out there and buy it immediately.

I have read and re-read this magnificent book many times. In fact, if I had to pick a favorite character, it would be Shireen. She’s a wonderful person to look at and to talk to; I can completely understand why guys would fight over her. She’s a wonderful woman and a brilliant student. Even though she is royalty, Shireen never ceases to surprise me with her courage and strength of will. She also has a very supportive mother, the Queen Mother, who loves her dearly. For all of these reasons, I think that King Tommen’s (Rose’s uncle) marriage to the beautiful Shireen will be a happy one.

So let’s get started.

The Interview

How much have you had to drink?

I’ve had a few drinks — not an excessive amount, but enough to celebrate!

How much have you eaten?

I haven’t eaten a whole lot. Just some snacks and sandwiches. Nothing crazy. I skipped lunch, so I was a little bit hungry. But it was a beautiful day and I wanted to enjoy the experience. Plus, I had something important to do later in the day.

How do you feel?

I feel great! Just a bit of jet lag, I think. It’s funny how time changes things. A few months ago, I would have said that I felt terrible. I had a lot of trouble sleeping and I couldn’t seem to recover from my daily activities. I felt tired all the time and had a hard time concentrating. Since taking a step back and re-evaluating my life, I have started to feel a lot better. I think that part of the reason why is that every day, I try to do something I have never done before. In the past, whenever I had a day off, I would just go to the movies or buy some junk food. This year, I have been making a conscious effort to travel here and there, meet new people, and try new things. It has been a fantastic change for my mental and physical health. Every day brings new opportunities to improve yourself and your situation. That’s what I try to tell myself, at least.

What was your daily schedule like?

My daily schedule was pretty hectic, to be honest. I would get up early, have some coffee and breakfast, then spend the rest of the morning working on my blog. In the afternoon, I would meet up with a friend for lunch. After that, I would go back home, take a break, and then do some work on my Instagram account. In the evening, I would get ready for the night’s festivities and meet friends for drinks or dinner. Sometimes, I would go out with friends after dinner, and then head home. In the winter, it’s sometimes hard to get out, so I would stay in a bit longer, work on my projects, or go for a walk. In the summer, I would typically go for a swim or a bike ride before heading home. It was a very busy schedule, but I enjoyed it! I think that being busy is important, especially when you’re a student. You are constantly surrounded by new inspiration and opportunities. When you’re too idle, you start to lose perspective on what is important to you.

What did you do on your vacation?

My family and I just returned home from Norway, where we spent a few days at the fjords near our home. It was actually really beautiful there, the water is so stunningly clear, it’s like looking into heaven’s canopy. We went hiking, swam in the fjords, and had some delicious, homemade food. It was a combination of fantastic weather and the beauty of the place that made it worthwhile going there. Even better, we saw lots of other tourists and learned a lot about the country and its culture. My family and I are very privileged in that regard. A lot of people don’t get the chance to travel to places like Norway, so we try to make the most of it whenever we can.

What is your favorite scene from Game of Thrones?

There are so many amazing scenes from Game of Thrones. It’s hard to choose! One of the best things about the show is how it is able to portray a wide variety of scenes and situations. It captures the essence of drama and intrigue in a way that no other show can. For example, when Jaime and Brienne share a tender moment before he leaves for war, then come back a changed man. Or when Arya’s encounter with the Tyrells is played out on a dining table, with each course representing a different house. Or when Jon Snow, upon meeting Daenerys Targaryen for the first time, chooses to break the fourth wall and address the audience directly. Through creative use of lighting and composition, the camera manages to pull the viewer into the scene and make them a part of it. Even the most diehard fans have to admit that it is exceptionally well-done!

Why do you love Game of Thrones?

I love Game of Thrones for many reasons. First off, the story is absolutely fascinating. I mean, who hasn’t wondered what would happen if one of the major characters died? Or what would happen if one of them betrayed another? The possibilities are endless and it keeps things interesting. Also, the acting is incredible across the board. It’s not only the big stars like Peter Dinklage or Sophie Turner who shine, but the small roles are portrayed brilliantly too. There are a vast number of talented people contributing to this show’s success and I feel very fortunate to have discovered it. It is easily one of the most ambitious endeavors I have ever seen. Finally, the world that George R. R. Martin has created is incredibly vivid and richly described. Even if you’ve never read the books, you will not feel like you’re missing out on anything. I believe the phrase “geek-cred” was invented just to describe the fanatical loyalty that many comic book fans have for the series.

Do you have any other books or shows that you recommend?

I do love Outlander too, especially since it is set in Scotland. I haven’t watched many episodes, but it’s on my reading list, along with Game of Thrones. I’ve also been meaning to read The Stand by Stephen King for a while. It’s supposed to be one of the greatest fantasy epics of all time. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to get into it. I think that eventually I will, though. The world of King’s books is absolutely fascinating, and the characters are some of the most memorable that I have ever encountered. Finally, I can’t leave out The Hunger Games. I love all things dystopian, and all things related to the post-apocalyptic genre, and this series fits the bill perfectly. It’s a grim re-telling of the last days of society, set in a future where people live in fear of starvation and death. The games are a form of entertainment, and a last resort for those who are unable to provide for themselves. In a way, it’s like Game of Thrones but with a twist. The setting is more contemporary, the action more visceral, and it is more concerned with human drama. I could talk about these books and shows all day, but I think I’ll stop here.