Wednesday, 14 May 2014
a song of ice and fire
Today I finally finished reading the George R. R. Martin saga (thus far) of A Song of Ice and Fire and what can I say of these books that has not already been said?
I had actually already read 6 of the 7 books almost 2 years ago but for reasons un beknown to me now I did not read the final book. I had come so far only to fall down and decide I'm only reading this because of the hype not because I enjoy it. But life is too short to read books you don't like (and I say this whole heartedly after slugging through The Three Musketeers and just regretting the effort).
But I decided I wanted to try watching the show again and before I could do that I needed to read the books again as I'm one of those people. And BAM why why why did I ever think this was over hyped as a series? It has dexterity, complexity, suspense, excitement, historical believability with just enough fantasy and unanswered questions to make Westeros a land worth escaping to when reading.
Initially I suppose I really enjoyed A Feast for Crows so much and loved reading the Southron stories so much (though I am obviously of the North at heart) that I think the initial A Dance with Dragons filled me with a longing of the southern stories again - that and the complexity was almost too much I felt I couldn't keep up with what was happening. So actually I am so thankful I read the books for a second time (technically) to better my understanding. But I was never bored and in fact I was frequently surprised by the plot! And not just deaths (as we all know they are frequent) but just everything! And now I haven't a clue which my favourite book is - perhaps actually A Dance with Dragons now comes out on top! Though I am impatient for that trial to happen!
And as a result I ploughed through the existing TV series as well - embracing the differences between the show and the books as a way of exploring the world in even more depth and sparking much more (loved) debate between me and friend B.
Though I don't know about other series watchers who have read the books - do you feel like series 4 is getting away from them a bit now? It feels as if stories are stories for stories' sake and not to further the 'game of thrones' as it were (Bran - need I say more?) And the stories are fast catching up with the books - George needs to pull his socks up and get writing!
I am happy to report I am as big a A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones as any and I can't WAIT to meet up with friend B in a couple of weeks to work on our Comic Con costumes together and to gossip gossip gossip!
Have you read A Song of Ice and Fire - or did you perhaps try reading it like I did and stop?