I know I'm a little behind with posts, and the only excuse I have is that I've been frantically trying to finish a number of books for the two book clubs I'm in. However, that is a bad excuse. There is no excuse for not writing a post about Game of Thrones.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like to watch Game of Thrones without having read the books. I wonder if I get bored with certain scenes because I know what will happen and I'm so amped up for how this season ends that I don't care about all the stuff that comes before. But then I remember watching the first two seasons of True Blood, not having read the books, and constantly thinking about reading the books. So, I guess I can't win.
I have a love/hate relationship with adaptations. So far I have felt mostly love for Game of Thrones. I love all of the differences in the television show. I love puzzling out the why of those changes and thinking through the ramifications of them through the series. I also know that there's a lot of nerd rage about these changes, but I haven't found a single one that threatens the integrity of either the book or television series.
|I would like a Hodor chapter in Winds of Winter.|
If the television show had followed the books, Jamie would not have shown up in the second season. Theon would go missing for at least two seasons and Tyrion for one. Would you watch an entire season that did not have Peter Dinklage in it? Would you? No - there would be rioting in the streets.
As for nerd rage over added scenes, like this most recent one where Margery Tyrell strokes King Joffrey's crossbow, so much of what happens in the books is internal. Characters can't walk around on the show voicing their every thought and feeling in the form of bad soliloquy. These added scenes (along with the inclusion of Ros the Whore who is not in the books and acts a naked sounding board for other characters) serve to give insight into a character's thoughts and motives in a way better fitted to television.
|THIS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOKS! RAGE!!!!|
|He said I was creepy for liking Littlefinger.|