8 Replies Latest reply on May 28, 2011 8:30 PM by Tinkie78

    Game of Thrones: Book 1st?

    Colleen_Rose

      Well I am not a big magical fantasy person, but my husband has been telling me for years I would like Game of Thrones (being more political and all). Well I watched the first part of the series last night and really enjoyed it.  I started reading the book and am now torn.  I only got as far as the first episode reading last night. It was kind of interesting reading apace with the tv show and seeing the plot point comparisons.

       

      Should I read ahead and finish the book or keep on pace with the series?  Any suggestions, opinions?

       

      Edit: I am sure this is being discussed on the Fantasy board, but I thought we could use a break over here from the pricing and promotional threads. :smileyhappy:

        • Re: Game of Thrones: Book 1st?
          geatdanemomDT

          I read all the books so far and could not watch the whole show last night. I will watch it just got too emotional so I decided to take a break.

           

          Normally I would read then watch but in this case I would read just a bit behind the series, it can really be upsetting.

           

          Unlike any other fantasy series I have read this, in this one no one is safe. Better not to see it coming.

           

          One of the best series of any genre I have read.

            • Re: Game of Thrones: Book 1st?
              Colleen_Rose

              Thanks for the heads up!:smileysurprised:


              geatdanemomDT wrote:

              Normally I would read then watch but in this case I would read just a bit behind the series, it can really be upsetting.

               

              Unlike any other fantasy series I have read, in this one no one is safe. Better not to see it coming.


               

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                  toesinthesand79

                  I would be careful with expecting the HBO series to follow the books.  The reason I say this is because I read all of the The Southern Vampire Series that was out way before the TrueBlood show on HBO came out.  The first few episodes followed the books and then it was like it took a huge right turn and it irritated the crap out of me.  My husband was irritated because I kept say, "this isn't what is supposed to be happening" constantly.

                   

                  Now I enjoy the book series and the HBO series as completely different entities.

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                SHissong

                I just finished the first book and have the first episode on DVR.

                 

                I would suggest reading the whole book ahead of the series but that is just my opinion.

                 

                I would anticipate that the series will follow the books rather closely as George RR Martin is a part of the production team.

                 

                I can't wait to watch the first episode.

                • Re: Game of Thrones: Book 1st?
                  lkmiller

                  I don't think you can go wrong either way. I've read all the books so far, and I really enjoyed watching it come to life in the first episode last night. I just began re-reading the series and it was nice having it all fresh in my mind. I imagine it would also be cool to watch the show and then read the books for more detail. From everything I've heard, the producers plan to stay fairly faithful to the books. GRRM consulted with them, wrote one episode (#8, I believe), and has said he's very happy with the show.

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                    I was reading and watching the first two weeks.  My patience was not there so now I am on book 2.  Wow it has been a great read.  You get sucked right in and never see what's coming.  I loved how he did not just go in regular chapters.  I really enjoyed how it was an insight to each character, and what was going on around them and their thoughts and views.  I am waiting for the DVD series now and going to finish all 5 books.  It's been to good for me to wait.  So I will go back and watch the series.  I personally prefer to read then watch if there is a movie or series out.