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Late to the Game: Game of Thrones question

post #1 of 6
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I am finally reading GOT.  Halfway through the first book.  Dying to reserve the first season from the library.  I wanted to know 1. How closely the series follows the books and 2. If I want to read ahead of the TV series, how far should I read before I can get to that first season?  Eagerly awaiting.  Having a great read in the meantime. 

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 6

If no one else answers, I'll ask my husband in the morning.  He's read the books and watched the show to the current point. :)

post #3 of 6

The series is very close to the book. There are the odd minor changes, but they've done a great job of sticking very closely to it. Each series is a book. I watched the first series before I ever read the books, but once I started reading, I couldn't put them down until I had read every book. I actually prefer finding things out from the book before seeing it on the tv series. There are times I've had to re-read a page a few times because I can't believe what just happened. The series wouldn't give that effect quite so much.

post #4 of 6

I read the books first (saving the last one for when I have more time to read!) and then watched the first season of the show. They do switch things up a little, but nothing major. The show is even more graphic (sex and violence) than the books - hard to watch for me sometimes, but I don't handle on-screen violence well. All in all, a good quality show, but I prefer the books.

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Update:  I am on book 5 now, and starting season 2.  I am smitten with the book's Jon Snow (reminding me of the old thread here on literary characters you'd fall into bed with).  But the actor playing Jon Snow?  Kit Harington?  Holy Hotties, Batman, the boy is *Cougar-rific*.  Mrawr!  :drool

post #6 of 6
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I'm answering my original question for myself, for the benefit of those who like to read ahead:

 

Seasons 1 and 2 parallel the 1st and 2nd books respectfully

Seasons 3 and 4 cover the 3rd book.  That book is so big and the writing so tiny, I had to wear my magnifiers I save for sewing.

 

Curious to know what they will do with Season 5, because books 4 and 5 are the same time line with different characters.  Book 4 follows Arya, Samwell, Sansa, Cersei, Jaime and Brienne, the Iron Islands and Dorne.  Book 5 is the same time line but returns to Tyrion, Jon (sigh....), Daenarys, Davos and others.  I expect them to run the stories concurrently instead of in 2 books as GRR Martin chose.  So, I recommend reading both those books before watching next season, if you like to stay ahead.

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