Why not: ''The Game of Thrones''? The noun ''game'' is countable, and I couldn't find the explanation looking into special rules and exceptions. Anyone has an idea? Thanks in advance.

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    Titles have their own styles and rules. Articles are often omitted to save space. Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 9:06
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    @CowperKettle - It's the title of a television show.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 9:29

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The first novel in the book series does have the article: A Game of Thrones.

The producers must have decided that they like the shorter title, probably because it rolls off the tongue better. Like user178049 said, titles have their own styles and rules.

Here are some titles of books one could say are missing articles:

  • Lord of the Flies
  • Animal Farm
  • Brave New World

And then there are titles that people will very regularly omit the beginning article in conversation:

  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Lord of the Rings

All being said, I would contend that it's not odd to a modern native speaker of English that a title such as Game of Thrones is missing an article.

  • It is sometimes awkward, though: in most editions of D&D, the core books are titled Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual, and in conversation it is common to want to include the article, “the Player’s Handbook” and so on. Sounds wrong without it. Probably because the titles are really just descriptions of what each book is.
    – KRyan
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 17:00

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