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It’s official- I have become a “Game of Thrones” junkie.  Nobody dares disturb me from 9:00 to 10:00 on Sunday nights.  But I don’t know if I’ve spoiled it a little for myself by reading ahead in the books.  I suppose it takes some of the surprise off, and my emotional reactions are tempered a bit since I can anticipate most of what’s going to happen, although the series in regards to at least one story line (Theon Greyjoy) has jumped ahead into Book 5, I believe. So there are surprises there for me.

I have read all of Book 3, “A Storm of Swords”, by George R.R. Martin, and I must say I am hooked. It’s marvelous how he can A Storm of Swordskeep so many characters and story lines going at once, and as soon as I think I have figured out what’s going to happen next, the author manages to astonish me with a twist I never saw coming! And even though I have seen every TV episode at least 2 or 3 times, I always manage to pick up some tidbit or nuance I didn’t notice before.  I guess I love the complexity.  Some sections tend to bog down, but I just skim through those, and some important events need to be read twice to really understand what all is happening.

Even though I am not surprised at everything that happens on TV, I still delight in the reactions of my friends who have not read the book when we share observations on Monday mornings.

So the question is, should I continue to read ahead with the next book, or am I missing out on some of the fun of the TV series?  Any thoughts?

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Comments on: "“Game of Thrones” – Books vs. TV" (3)

  1. I have read up to the first half of the last book (the so far last book. I do wish he would write faster). The downsides are: you can’t talk to anyone about what you know, the episodes seem shorter aaaaaand… I think that’s it. Ah, I bet you will also be let down when the end of season 3 comes, and you realise how much left there is of the books. Rumors say though, that the series will end with a scene I am really anxious to see 🙂 ( I think you have read that bit, but not sure, so I’ll just say it involves Catelyn).

    Just keep in mind that if you keep reading it will take your years to catch up in the series, that’s why I slowed down my reading.

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