Considering the numerous additions and incredible focus given to the Tyrells (who serve as comparatively minor characters in the books) in the show, I get so frustrated that the essence of book Loras Tyrell is lost in my opinion.
I mean Loras Tyrell in the books is very loyal to Renly, they’re not a fling, Loras doesn’t get over his loss-
“I will defend King Tommen with all my strength, I swear it. I will give my life for his if need be. But I will never betray Renly, by word or deed. He was the king that should have been. He was the best of them.”
The best dressed perhaps, Jaime thought, but for once he did not say it. The arrogance had gone out of Ser Loras the moment he began to speak of Renly. He answered truly. He is proud and reckless and full of piss, but he is not false. Jaime, ASoS
Yet we didn’t really get the full feeling of his loss given that the show decided to have most of his screentime spilling secrets to another man in season 3. And then making charged eye contact with Oberyn in season 4.
But while he’s so loyal to Renly even in death that he tries to avenge him, he can see reason, accept logic, and be understanding, too:
Ser Loras made no move to rise. “She fled,” he said. “She and Catelyn Stark, they left him in his blood and ran. Why would they, if it was not their work?” He stared at the table. “Renly gave me the van. Otherwise it would have been me helping him don his armor. He often entrusted that task to me. We had… we had prayed together that night. I left him with her. Ser Parmen and Ser Emmon were guarding the tent, and Ser Robar Royce was there as well. Ser Emmon swore Brienne had… although…”
“Yes?” Jaime prompted, sensing a doubt.
“The gorget was cut through. One clean stroke, through a steel gorget. Renly’s armor was the best, the finest steel. How could she do that? I tried myself, and it was not possible. She’s freakish strong for a woman, but even the Mountain would have needed a heavy axe. And why armor him and then cut his throat?” He gave Jaime a confused look. “If not her, though… how could it be a shadow?”
“Ask her.” Jaime came to a decision. “Go to her cell. Ask your questions and hear her answers. If you are still convinced that she murdered Lord Renly, I will see that she answers for it. The choice will be yours. Accuse her, or release her. All I ask is that you judge her fairly, on your honor as a knight.”
Ser Loras stood. “I shall. On my honor.” Jaime, ASoS
Also, while the show emphasizes his sexual and romantic relations to the extreme, it really fails to discuss just how skilled Loras is. He’s not famous for his lovers, he’s famous for his abilities.
Ser Loras pushed back a brown curl that had fallen across his forehead. “Your Grace will not find any man half so skilled with sword and lance as I.” Cersei, AFFC
The Knight of Flowers was still half a boy, arrogant and vain, but he had it in him to be great, to perform deeds worthy of the White Book. Jaime, AFFC
Ser Tallad the Tall lost his mount when the sandbag came around and thumped him in the head. Strongboar struck the shield so hard he cracked it. Kennos of Kayce finished the destruction. A new shield was hung for Ser Dermot of the Rainwood. Lambert Turnberry only struck a glancing blow, but Beardless Jon Bettley, Humfrey Swyft, and Alyn Stackspear all scored solid hits, and Red Ronnet Connington broke his lance clean. Then the Knight of Flowers mounted up and put the others all to shame.
Jousting was three-quarters horsemanship, Jaime had always believed. Ser Loras rode superbly, and handled a lance as if he’d been born holding one… which no doubt accounted for his mother’s pinched expression. He puts the point just where he means to put it, and seems to have the balance of a cat. Perhaps it was not such a fluke that he unhorsed me. It was a shame that he would never have the chance to try the boy again. Jaime, AFFC
Also, can we give a shout out to Loras’ sass? The show downplays it (if it’s really there at all,) but he goes toe-to-toe with Jaime quite well:
“I was better than you, Ser Loras. I was bigger, I was stronger, and I was quicker.”
“And now you’re older,” the boy said. “My lord.” He had to laugh. This is too absurd. Tyrion would mock me unmercifully if he could hear me now, comparing cocks with this green boy. “Older and wiser, ser. You should learn from me.” “As you learned from Ser Boros and Ser Meryn?”
That arrow hit too close to the mark. “I learned from the White Bull and Barristan the Bold,”
Jaime snapped. “I learned from Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning, who could have slain all five of you with his left hand while he was taking with a piss with the right. I learned from Prince Lewyn of Dorne and Ser Oswell Whent and Ser Jonothor Darry, good men every one.”
“Dead men, every one.”
He’s me, Jaime realized suddenly. I am speaking to myself, as I was, all cocksure arrogance and empty chivalry. This is what it does to you, to be too good too young.Jaime, ASoS
I don’t know. Loras is a really great character in the books. I feel like the show made him one dimensional and shallow in some ways. In the books though, he’s very impressive in a lot of respects.
you are always used to the stereotypical superhero cartoon, where the main protagonists are 4, 3 boys and 1 girl. The girl is always wearing pink/really girly outfit and is into fashion, and she is in love with someone who ignores/does not deserve her, and having said boy to be her boyfriend is her main goal. She is also romantic and clever and generally really adorable,
and then you get miraculous ladybug, with asuperhero team of 3 girls and 1 boy. They all kick ass. The only boy who is in the team WORKS in the fashion industry and been seen putting make-up on and walking on high-heels for an ENTIRE episode in the series. He also wears black, TIGHT LEATHER PANTS AND A CAT-SUIT and he loves everything about his outfit. He is the one who’s fallen the hardest for someone between the four and he likes someone who is genuinely nice to him and who is his friend. His main goals are to make his own father happy, to live a normal life and to make friends. He is romantic and is of great help to her partner.