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 keep 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?