Have Your Say: GAME OF THRONES, The Books Or The Series?

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Have Your Say: GAME OF THRONES, The Books Or The Series?
(If bloody murder doesn't erupt about this I will be surprised...)

Last week, the fifth season of HBO's fantasy juggernaut series Game of Thrones was released on Blu-ray and DVD, for those few souls who hadn't seen it yet or who'd want to own a legal physical copy. I'm actually in both categories and am happily perusing the very episodes everybody was shocked by, eleven months ago.

And of course, the vast majority of those people are now avidly awaiting season six, about to start its run in a few weeks...

My habit of always waiting for the Blu to watch the series is just that: a habit. Being a big fan of the books, I understood what HBO saw in the franchise but was very sceptical they could do it any kind of justice. I finally hopped on board when I came upon a discounted special edition of season one, and to my utter surprise, I got immensely hooked. And not only did the series itself reward me with joy at how well it was adapted (far better, in my opinion, than Peter Jackson's forays into Middle-Earth managed their source materials), but the shocked reactions from people who hadn't read the books yet were, well... bliss!
When HBO stuck the landing on the red wedding, and Twitter and Facebook exploded in communal grief, I almost literally rolled of my chair with glee.

Of course the latest seasons have, out of necessity, drifted away a bit from the books, with both HBO and George R. R. Martin allegedly fully aware of the end of the story, but puzzling their way towards it by way of different roads.

Which brings me to my question of the week: often when we mention Game of Thrones in these here pages, the comments section at some point erupts into a debate of whether the books or the series are better. So let's do this on purpose for once! Fans, tell us: books or seasons, which are the best?

Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

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Matt BrownMarch 22, 2016 10:09 AM

Asked and answered, Ard. ;) http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/...

Ard VijnMarch 22, 2016 10:56 AM

I was going to mention you in the article, Matt, but decided against it. I now see this was a mistake, and I should have taken you down like the mad dog you are.

ManateeAdvocateMarch 22, 2016 11:15 AM

Despite attempts in earnest, neither I'm sad to say.

Paul MMarch 22, 2016 6:53 PM

Not touching the books until the series is over.

One-EyeMarch 22, 2016 9:56 PM

The books become numbing with detail and digressions. I know that's the nature of epic high fantasy but I think the show, when it's at its best, brilliantly distills what's good about the books.

Now that we've 'caught up' to the books I expect the show to drop off a bit, since it's now up to a team of TV writers to bring a satisfying conclusion to a massive tale.

And believe me, they really need to start pulling it all together. Especially since Dany finally ended up doing something interesting after frowning in her throne room for a few seasons.

Matt BrownMarch 23, 2016 10:14 AM

Heh heh heh I live to torment you!

ForjazMarch 24, 2016 2:54 PM

The books are better. More stories, more caracters, more detail.

In the series everything is rushed. It all happens a little bit too quickly.

The way they portrait Stannis was a let down. The way Doran Martell was introduced, the same. A let down. Where is his daughter? Where is his son?

No Greyjoys? Really?

Everything was fine, until they just took a shit on the books and started a whole other thing. It's fine really. It's entertaining. But is not better than the books.