Why Should I Read This? A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
No matter what time of year it is, people who watch Game of Thrones like to talk about Game of Thrones. It can be annoying to the innocent bystanders who don’t watch it. Even worse are the book snobs who have read the books and watch the show. The book snobs have had an advantage for years because they’ve known what was going to happen on the show and would like to sprinkle spoiler hints just to piss off the rest of us who haven’t read the books.
Just so you know, I have nothing against book snobs. I was a book snob when the Lord of the Rings movies came out. And I’m still a comic book snob when it comes to superhero movies. I’ve bored many non-comic book readers about how the movies are different from the original comic books. I’ve lost friendships over it, and I don’t even have many friends. So being a book snob isn’t necessarily meant as a negative.
As much as I respect them, it’s fun to annoy the book snobs by calling the book series A Game of Thrones. A Game of Thrones is the name of the first book, the book snobs keep telling me. The name of the entire series is A Song of Ice and Fire. The book snobs are right, but they don’t need to remind me every time I mention the Game of Thrones books. Everybody knows what I mean. If I say A Song of Ice and Fire, a bunch of people who know about the Game of Thrones TV show but don’t give a crap about the books won’t know what I’m talking about.
So from here on out, I’m going to call A Song of Ice and Fire… A Game of Thrones.
With the series overtaking the books, book snobs don’t have as much bragging rights anymore. Now, they’re just as uncertain about what’s going to happen as the rest of us, especially since the show has changed a bunch of stuff.
A Song of Ice and Fire was originally supposed to be a trilogy. Now it’s set for seven books, with only five of them completed. But how do we know that author George R.R. Martin won’t decide that seven isn’t enough? If three wasn’t enough, seven might not be either. Three is usually the magic number for trilogies. Once a trilogy goes beyond three books, plots get convoluted, and the reading experience deteriorates. I’m not convinced that seven books will be enough, especially since Martin keeps adding subplots.
Plus, Martin writes other stuff. A new Dunk and Egg book came out a few months ago. If I were an avid fan of ASOIAF, I’d be pissed off that Martin is writing other stuff, even if it’s related to A Game of Thrones. I’m sure Dunk and Egg is very entertaining, but it’s not Game of Thrones.
When I was younger, I hated cliffhangers because the time between episodes seemed to take forever. Now I hate cliffhangers because I’m not sure I’ll be around to see the next episode. I’m not being morbid; I’m just thinking about the odds. Plus, George R. R. Martin might not be around either. If he died before he finished writing Game of Thrones, I’d feel cheated. Dude, I’d think to myself, you had over 20 years. When the author dies before the series is completed, that’s the ultimate cliffhanger.
I don’t want some literary agent or estate lawyer “finding” Martin’s almost-completed manuscript in an attic and hiring another writer to do the editing. If I can’t read the whole thing as it was meant to be read, I don’t want to read it at all.
THE CASE FOR READING GAME OF THRONES
It’s much more detailed than the series, book snobs tell me. Sometimes in the show, things happened that might seem not to make sense, but the books explain it better. Characters have different personalities. Some events are completely different. The first three books supposedly are great, and even the fourth and fifth books have moments of greatness, even if the plots get complicated and stories are told from points of view of characters you might not care about.
Maybe it would be fun to see what changes the TV show made, except the book snobs have already told me. In a way, watching the show is more fun now because the book snobs don’t know much more than I do. And now that the TV show has passed the books, there may be even more changes and the book snobs won’t know it until the book series is completed in a few years… or more!
Ha ha book snobs!
It could be fun reading A Game of Thrones, but there are other books that I want to read. And they don’t have television shows based on them. And they’re already completely written.
What do you think? What other good reasons are there to read A Game of Thrones? Do you trust George R.R. Martin to finish the series?
While you’re waiting for George R.R. Martin to finish A Song of Ice and Fire, you can read one of my ebooks. They’re short and done.
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