So a few weeks ago I posted about being more organised on the blog, and I really have been trying. However, I also made the mistake of getting obsessed with a new book series, which means blogging (and you know, life in general) has been out aside, in favor of curling up on the sofa and reading, reading, reading.
To be honest, I’m pretty sure everyone in the world has heard of the TV show Game of Thrones, and I have been a big fan of the show. Since we all have to wait like a million years for the next show, I decided I would try and get my hit from the books instead.
For the most part, I will always swear that the books are better than the film or TV show – and yes, I wasn’t wrong; the books are better than the TV show. However – and maybe because the author George R.R Martin has such a strong part in the writing and production of the show – I feel like for the most part the show has got it pretty spot on.
Although, for once I am glad I watched the show first. There is SO, SO, SO much going on in these books. Each chapter is from the point of view of a different character, a lot of whom are in different parts of this magical world, and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Having watched the show, and knowing the characters means I think I had a bit of an easier time keeping up with everything than I would have done if I had read the books first.
A HUGE pet hate of mine is when a film or TV show takes the main premise of a book, and then absolutely butcher the plot line. Like I said before, the TV show runs very closely to the books, but there are just a few bits here and there which they didn’t include or edited slightly, which I strangely liked, because I feel like it gives the books their own standing, and makes it a bit more interesting than just reading something that you’ve already seen before.
If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings (and if you haven’t I recommend you do), I’m sure you’ve heard that reading it is in places, a bit of a slog. They’re long, very, very descriptive and there is so much going on it really does hurt your brain in places. And the Game of Thrones books are very much the same.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a very fast reader – I can plough through the average book in a day – but the first book took me nearly two weeks to read, and the second has taken me longer already and I’m barely two thirds of the way through. But that in my eyes a long book is never a bad thing. Even though they’re long, there is so much going on that you never get bored. And the in depth description and beauty in the language gives you a picture so vivid that somehow seems more real than watching it on the screen.
I’ve got the next two books coming in the post any day now – so I better get back to reading in case I haven’t finished by the time they turn up. But whether or not you have seen the TV show, I really recommend you give the book series a chance – if you can afford to put your life on hold for a few months that is, because honestly, once you pick up the first one, you’ll be attached to them all the way through to the last. And if you’re lucky you’ll be finished just in time for the next season of the TV show.