A few weeks ago I shared that I have FINALLY started reading the A Song of Ice and Fire book series by George R.R. Martin and last night I finished in full Book I, A Game of Thrones. While the books are not short, they are extremely easy to read. Some of the information is difficult to keep straight, what with all the names, houses, lands, legends, etc., but Martin manages to tell his epic tale in a very easy to follow manner. As much as I really enjoy the HBO adaptation of the tale, I found the original source material just as entertaining.
As expected, many of the things I did not fully understand from watching season one of Game of Thrones on HBO last year were made clear to me as I read the book. Conversely, I was able to keep better track of the events in the book by remembering things I saw in the TV series. I’m very impressed with the way HBO has adapted the book series (thus far). Obviously they could not include every tiny detail from the book in the series but they kept the story very true in season one. I understand that things are already different in the season two version of the series as opposed to the second book in the series A Clash of Kings. Obviously, the HBO version plans to make changes as it sees fit … and I’m fine with that. BUT, the TV changes are reason enough for me to want to read all of the original books first. When I watched the TV series last year, I felt so sorry for Eddard Stark. Having read the book and rewatched most of the season one eps … I no longer feel sorry for the character. Time and time again, he had the chance to change his fate … he did not, and he kinda got what he deserved. But, I’m digressing. I strongly urge any of you who are fans of the HBO TV series to read the books. Even if the rest of the book series isn’t as good as book one, I think it’s important to know the original tale first … then enjoy the TV adaptation version. I’m really looking forward to starting book two (which I’ll likely commence on my flight to NYC tomorrow) but I spent the rest of my night last night rewatching season one of GoT. I’m up to episode 8 so hopefully I can finish the season today.
I have lots to do today, actually. I have to pack again for another trip back to NYC this weekend. I have to get my haircut and I have to run a few miles. I’m skipping the gym today. I’m planning to hit the streets in my neighborhood to mix things up a bit. I hope you are having a fantastic Thursday!