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  • #15520

    Jamie
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    Do we have any George R. R. Martin fans on here?  How about fans of the HBO series based on the books?

  • #17798

    brendan.f
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    Long time fan of the books, read them back in 2008.  Glad to see the show turning so many people on to the series.  I see people reading the books everywhere now!

  • #17799

    Chris
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    I am a fan of the tv series, my girlfriend is a BIG fan of the books and read them quickly immediately after watching the first series. I have only seen series one, have recently bought the boxset on bluray and will watch it all again before watching season two. It has been broadcast on Sky but we don't have Sky anymore as it was getting far too pricey so we just have Freesat now and unfortunately Game of Thrones is not broadcast on the free channels  :(  So, I will wait for the bluray to come out instead. Currently, my favourite two characters are Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow, both played by excellent actors and as for the ensemble cast, you can't don't get much better than that in a tv series. I am going to have to watch the first series again soon if this thread takes off as I am a little rusty on what happened....I should at appear to know what I am talking about  :-If anyone is interested there is an excellent wiki called A Wiki of Ice and Fire, which has everything you need to know about all the books, the characters, the history, the culture, the geography etc. It's worth checking out if you haven't already visited the site.

  • #17800

    anonymous
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    I haven't been able to watch any of the new season yet, but I really enjoyed the first way more than I was expecting to.  The books are sitting in my nook waiting for their turn, which needs to be soon.  (I have to finish “Wheel of Time” first — I cannot handle two epics at once.  My brain is not that sharp anymore.)  It is my goal to get through the first two books before I pick up the second season on DVD/whatever.  We'll see how that pans out (I still have 5 WoT books to go, plus the new one in January… oh my).I'm anxious to see how the characters in the books compare to what I've seen on the screen.  I've heard a range of opinions from fans regarding the similarities/differences. 

  • #17801

    Digital Unicorn
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    I haven't caught any of the new series yet, for the same reason.Did any fans of the Maxfun podcasts catch the joke about the shop on My brother my brother and me? So damn funny

  • #17802

    drewster81
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    HUGE FAN here.  I read the books in the series earlier last year, having owned the first one for years without actually reading it.  (I do that sometimes when I'm intimidated.)Anyway, I love the series too.  It's should be a standard bearer of how to adapt a book as dense as that to a TV.  I've been loving the Tywin/Arya stuff, and it's not even in the book!  It's been neat to see them set up things that you know will happen later with a bit more foreshadowing while trimming some of the admitted "fat" on Martin's text (goodbye, Arya wandering around for several chapters).  In many ways, I feel the creators are the editors he so desperately needs.  A lot of times, what works on the page just can't work on the screen, which is why I hold up Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings adaptations in such high regard.  I'm an absolute Tolkien fiend, I've read the Silmarillion, Book of Lost Tales, etc, over and over, but the books just have a lot of problems that would really not work on the big screen.  Same with Game of Thrones.Chris, everyone loves Tyrion!  He's so wonderful and Dinklage really brings him to life perfectly.  And yes, a Wiki of Ice and Fire is great.P.S. Jamie, I'm catching up on the podcasts.  I wasn't getting it on iTunes for some reason and was wondering what was going on, haha.  So expect more comment on that soon. ;)

  • #17803

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Hi Drew, was there something wrong with the feed?  Do I need to get on the phone with my hosting provider, or was it something to do with iTunes?  I'm concerned because if it happened to you, it might have happened to others and I don't want to lose listeners because they think I've quit.  You know?As for GoT...  Oh man!  The new Tywin and Arya scenes are amazing!  And the new Cersei and Tyrion scenes were amazing too.  I'm in total agreement that HBO has become the editor that GRRM needs.  Sometimes I wonder if this series will end up being the definitive version of The Song of Ice and Fire.

  • #17804

    kingjabo
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    Game of Thrones is amazing started watching Season One over here and then read the books and have finished all the books in the song of Ice and Fire Series in two months very tempted to reread!

  • #17805

    drewster81
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    Jamie-Sent you a private message about the iTunes thing so as to not muck up the flow about GoT!I am also loving the Cersei/Tyrion stuff.  It's so nice to see her perspective since she's just a distant character until the fourth book really, no matter how many other character's chapters she appears in.  I'm with you on this being "definitive"...especially since Martin still has two books to write, takes ages to actually write his books, is getting on up there in years, and has actually already told how he plans to end it to the producers.  So if he bites it, this actually will be the ONLY official end.

  • #17806

    Chris
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    Chris, everyone loves Tyrion!  He's so wonderful and Dinklage really brings him to life perfectly.

    I also like, bearing in mind that I haven't seen series 2 yet, Daenerys Targaryen, Jorah Mormont, Arya Stark and Robb Stark. I have always liked Sean Bean (especially as he played Richard Sharpe in the Bernard Cornwell books I have mentioned in other posts) and so I guess Eddard Stark is going to be included in my list of characters I like from series 1. How this will change for the second series I don't know. I think Arya is going to be a really interesting character but I guess I will have to wait and see.

  • #17807

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Chris, you really should read the books.  They're fantastic!  Well… in general.  Book 4 goes off the rails quite a bit, and Book 5 spends far too much time reminding us that Winterfell is cold.  But in general, they're outstanding!

  • #17808

    Chris
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    So I hear Jamie. My girlfriend loves the books so much she has the paperbacks and the kindle versions. Those books would take me quite a while to get through but I am tempted. Gotta finish 'Sharpe's Rifles' first before I start another book.

  • #17809

    Chris
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    I'm an absolute Tolkien fiend, I've read the Silmarillion, Book of Lost Tales, etc, over and over, but the books just have a lot of problems that would really not work on the big screen.  Same with Game of Thrones.

    I tried reading the Silmarillion but gave up half way through....just didn't like it because it seemed far too over-complicated, chaotic and archaic for me ??? And yes, it would never work as a movie. I just hope they turn all the books in the Ice and Fire series into a tv series though. I now have episodes 1-7 to watch from series two. Looking forward to that  :)

  • #17810

    drewster81
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    Oh, the Silmarillion isn't even a story.  It's just a collection of myths with characters whose names all begin with “F” which isn't even slightly confusing, of course.George R.R. Martin has actually given the creators a broad outline of how it ends.  So, at the very least, they'll be able to continue on if he croaks. ;)

  • #17811

    Antimarkovnikov
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    First off I really enjoy the HBO series! I started reading it after I watched the first season and have since caught up to the latest novel.  And I love the new series!GRRM has also said that he will finish the books before the show catches up to them.  Which means we should have the next two novels within a few years depending on how many seasons they devote to each book.  I've heard they'll do two for A Storm of Swords... And they'll probably have to do two for the next two as well!  They'll probably conflate A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons for four seasons total...  So we have about 6ish maybe 8 until he finishes the whole series!On a side note I really really enjoyed the Silmarillion I've read it two or three times and I find more and more to love every time I read or listen to it! Lately I've been listening to the Tolkien Professor's podcast on it and enjoying that immensely!

  • #17812

    drewster81
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    Oh yes, I'm actually considering re-reading the Silmarillion.  I also listen to the Tolkien Professor. ;)

  • #17813

    kingjabo
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    Blackwater was a pretty amazing episode of Game Of Thrones for once HBO moved out of Rome syndrome and actually showed a battle instead of actually showing people walking off after it. Really annoyed me about Rome that did.

  • #17814

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Yeah, I was stunned at how well they handled Blackwater.  I understand why they made some changes to it, due to budgetary issues, and I was bummed at how those changes robbed one of my favorite characters of his moment in the sun, but in general I loved that episode.

  • #17815

    Chris
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    I have only just started watching series two (will watch episode 3 tonight) but have just read the premise of the Blackwater episode and also noticed it was directed by Neil Marshall. I would normally say I am going to look forward to that episode but I love them all. I guess those of you who have read the books but are still pleased with the way it was filmed means that they are doing an excellent job.Still can't decide to read the books or not and if I do, do I start from the beginning or just continue with book three after watching series two?

  • #17816

    drewster81
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    Still can't decide to read the books or not and if I do, do I start from the beginning or just continue with book three after watching series two?

    Season two has differed from the book quite a bit (not in a bad way), but the major plot points have (I'll assume after next week's finale) been hit.  The story is so bleeding complicated though (and a few characters have been omitted) that I'm not sure what to recommend.  I'd say, give the third book a shot after the second season ends.  If you're not into after 100 pages...keep reading.  That's how I was at the beginning of all of the books.  If you're still not into it after 200, then you might want to start over. 

  • #17817

    Chris
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    Thanks for the advice Drew. I have two more episodes to watch from series 2 and then I need to decide one way or the other.

    Season two has differed from the book quite a bit (not in a bad way), but the major plot points have (I'll assume after next week's finale) been hit.

    My girlfriend keeps saying 'it didn't happen in the book that way, they did this etc. etc.' but she is also really enjoying the series even though she is a big fan of the books.

  • #17818

    TimHodkinson
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    I live in Northern Ireland, where the HBO Game of Thrones series is mostly filmed. I have to say some of my enjoyment of the show is broken when I suddenly recognize a location as being somewhere local. the “Port of Pyke” For example was Ballintoy Harbour on the north coast and I found myself wondering where the ice cream shop was. Also a lot of local Heavy Metal fans were enlisted as extras in the filming (obviously beards and long hair are an asset for GoT) and now and again a familiar face pops up in the background.

  • #17819

    Jamie
    Keymaster

    Hah!  That's great!  A lot of the Starks do look like they love Def Leppard. You know, I know quite a few people who are the opposite of you and only watch Leverage or Grim to spot familiar locations and people in Portland. ;)

  • #17820

    Chris
    Participant

    I eventually decided on reading the books from the start as I didn't want to miss out on anything the books have to offer that the series does not provide. I am only on the first book but then I have been reading other things as well, not to mention listening to podcasts suggested by a friend on the Medieval world and the Crusades, also listening to the audiobook of David Attenborough: Life on Air, which is very interesting and catching up with episodes on Nexflix, which we recently joined as we heard good things about it…..I've hardly been on the computer.At the rate I read (and with all the others I want to get through) I might just be able to read and hopefully finish the 3rd book by the time the 3rd series is released in the UK.

  • #17821

    Kbird
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    I read the books when they started coming out a decade ago (maybe?) and loved them. I don't remember how far I got.  Then this last year my husband puts on this cool series called “Game of Thrones”.  I think to myself 'self, that sounds familiar' and lo and behold it was this wonderful series that I can only remember the broad strokes of so I can enjoy every minute without picking it apart. 

  • #17822

    anonymous
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    For those of you who are interested, George R. R. Martin does a great interview with Luke Burbank on the podcast TBTL here http://mynorthwest.com/category/tbtl_player/?a=31704, and then more recently here http://mynorthwest.com/category/tbtl_player/?a=9943582.The first interview is how I first became interested in the books.

  • #17823

    linkmaxwell
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    I like the book series and the first season, but haven't watched the second. (I don't get HBO) Here's hoping that the final books come out in the author's life!

  • #17824

    kellyevans
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    I love GoT! The HBO series re-inspired me to complete book 4, which made me fly through book 5. I probably read it too quickly, to be honest. Perhaps I should revisit that.

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