Okay, I lied about the character list part. I mean, seriously, there are more than 1 million, right? I would crash WordPress.
Many of you scoffed when I began my 2017 reading with the five books so far of George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, beginning, of course, with GAME OF THRONES. This was brought on by binge-watching the HBO series over the holidays. Until then, I staunchly proclaimed to dislike high fantasy despite my love of the LOTR trilogy. I’m happy to report that I completed the five mammoth books in four months and am now in serious withdrawal.
So, which are best, the books or the TV series? They’re quite different, especially in the last couple of seasons when the series plot has moved ahead of the books. But I love the series casting, so it was fun to imagine Tyrion Lannister, for example, as actor Peter Dinklage instead of the more grotesque version as he is described in the books. I thought the casting was mostly extremely good in the series.
You know nothing, Jon Snow.
I will have quotes to carry me forever…or at least until the new series starts on HBO in July.
That said, of COURSE the books are better. There are more details. More nuance. For example, in the series I do not like Daenarys Targaryen whereas in the novels I like her very much. I finally decided it was the actress playing Dani–they want her to be mentally attuned to her dragons so she gets this dumb-blonde stare on her face and it annoys the crap out of me. Sorry. Her hair is lovely.
I thought the twists with Arya Stark in the novels have been really interesting and I’m anxious to see where GRRM goes with it…..assuming I live long enough for him to finish the series. Ditto the bizarre turn of events with Sansa.
As is true of the TV series, my favorite character in the novels is, to my own surprise, Tyrion Lannister. GRRM gives him all the best lines. I drink and I know things. That’s what I do. Eddard Stark broke my heart, but probably it had much to do with the sexiness that is Sean Bean. I love Jon Snow and Arya. I am intrigued with Jaime’s dance between asshole and nobility, and which side will win.
I thought books one, two, three, and the last third of book five were best. Book four and the first two thirds of book five felt too much like a setup for the last two books of the series, assuming I live long enough…oh yeah, I said that already.
So, are you a fan of the TV series and/or the books? Who are your favorite characters?