‘A Game’ Over


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!

  • Brenda

    I’m happy to tell you that the books get better (and longer). Book 3 is probably my favorite–there’s so much stuff going down in that book that you will both love and hate. But it’s good!

  • Caitlin

    WHAT! Ned is supposed to be the only person with honor and integrity amongst a sea of lions. Yes, he had many chances to change his fate, and at the end he even tries, but at the price of betraying his values. And even when he tries at the end Joffrey is such an evil little shit that it doesn’t matter. Ned may be a little stupid, naive and stubborn, but he’s trying to do what he thinks is right. Its why he doesn’t end well, you don’t play the game of thrones for what’s right.

    • @Caitlin — I totally agree with you on many points. In the end, Ned knew that Joffrey wasn’t the true heir and still decided to remain quiet out of respect for his friend King Robert. I guess I can forgive the man a few mistakes but not all of them. When taken in sum, all of his “honorable” mistakes not only cost him his life but put the entire realm in jeopardy.

  • Spitzi

    I just finished Game of Thrones and started Clash of Kings. I knew nothing about the series, but an interview with Peter Dinklage piqued my interest. What an amazing role for such a talented actor!

  • Jacqui

    Oh wow. This was my facebook status yesterday:

    I’ve had it with the Game of Thrones Series- A Song of Ice and Fire. about halfway through the 3rd book, I realized that it is nothing but a super long winded bummer. So then I read all the plot summaries on wikipedia and I’m so glad I did because now I know for sure that its a bad investment of my time and mental and emotional energy.