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    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CHOOSE THE BOOKS

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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    QUESTCHAWN!

    For those who have both read the books and are watching the series, would you recommend reading those massive tomes to people just now watching the series?

    For myself, I loooooooooooooooove the movie Dune with young hottie Kyle Maclachlan and have watched it several times. But, then I read the first book in the Dune series and was so underwhelmed that I never picked up another one. I do enjoy wikipedia-ing it though to get an overview of the series. I just don't want to read every page of it.

    Like most epic sci-fi or fantasy, it is a super dense series to get involved with lightly. I don't read fantasy books generally, either.

    If the series is mostly faithful to the books, I'll just stick with the tv series. But if the books are everything the tv series is PLUS SOME and really enhances enjoyment of the story, then I'll go for the books. These books are also hard to come by at the public library with a long wait list and I'm cheap frugral so I'd like to know before I add my name to the list.
    Please choose the books. I love the show, don't get me wrong but I am not stuck on it being the same as the books. It's much more enjoyable when you see them as separate things.
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    So far as I can tell watching the series is enough for people who just want to know some about the craze lately. But the books definitely give you windows unable to be reproduced. Tyrion to me is an extremely romantic loving character and I don't think you get half of that from the series. There are thoughts you can read that just aren't in the show. So if you don't want to read it all skip to chapters
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    QUESTCHAWN!

    For those who have both read the books and are watching the series, would you recommend reading those massive tomes to people just now watching the series?

    For myself, I loooooooooooooooove the movie Dune with young hottie Kyle Maclachlan and have watched it several times. But, then I read the first book in the Dune series and was so underwhelmed that I never picked up another one. I do enjoy wikipedia-ing it though to get an overview of the series. I just don't want to read every page of it.

    Like most epic sci-fi or fantasy, it is a super dense series to get involved with lightly. I don't read fantasy books generally, either.

    If the series is mostly faithful to the books, I'll just stick with the tv series. But if the books are everything the tv series is PLUS SOME and really enhances enjoyment of the story, then I'll go for the books. These books are also hard to come by at the public library with a long wait list and I'm cheap frugral so I'd like to know before I add my name to the list.
    The books add a lot that the show just can't reproduce, and probably couldn't even under more ideal circumstances.

    The world, scope and story of the books is a lot larger and more involved. Personally, I was astounded by the level of world-building and how little things barely mentioned in book one become so important so much later. You really get a feel not only for what's going on now, but you fully grasp the history of this world and what it is about (Robert's Rebellion, the Mad King, the Greyjoy Rebellion, Aegon the Conqueror and other stuff that is told with pretty exciting detail), and the characters are drawn up very clearly. I will admit in some instances the detail can be a bit tedious, and it can be hard to over come the image of the characters on the show at first (I started reading after Season 1) but eventually I had my own image and take on almost everyone (except Tywin, who still looks like the show's Tywin in my mind, because Jesus-shit best casting choice in the whole thing).

    Personally, I burned through the books. Book 4 is accurately reported to be the weakest, but I personally felt Book 5 was fairly solid once again.

    My advice is to try them. You can find the first four at a cost of 6 to 9 dollars a piece pretty much anywhere, or just snag them from the library. The investment doesn't have to be huge.
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    Disappointing finale. 5/10 points.

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    So glad I stopped when I did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZPowers View Post
    ... except Tywin, who still looks like the show's Tywin in my mind, because *beep* best casting choice in the whole thing).
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    Sigh. Finally watched the season finale.

    They destroyed the House of the Undying scene. I don't even understand why they changed it. Not seeing Rhaegar = Fail. Dany not being told about her betrayals = Fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    Dany not being told about her betrayals = Fail.
    I straight forgot that's when she heard about the betrayals/heads of the dragons. I was just hoping to see
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    I told my flatmate: With already low expectations, it was still disappointing. He told me: With already high expectations, it was still very good. The difference, apart from the usual differences: He does not know the books. Cursed are the knowing!

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