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Books I Won’t Read (and why): A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

February 1, 2019

I know several people who hate fantasy but still want to read A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.  Part of me finds that odd.

When I was growing up, fantasy was the most hated genre around.  A few of us (we were called weirdos) liked Lord of the Rings, but if we talked about it too much, we’d get beat up.  Just so you know, I never got beaten up for it, but I know others who did.

Anyway, the Game of Thrones books have been popular for a long time.  The television series probably inspires some of that popularity because the last few seasons have gotten so bad that now everybody wants to know what’s really going to happen in the books.  We need the books to fix what’s happened on the TV series.

I want to read the books too, but I won’t.  And it’s not because it’s fantasy.

What do you think?  Is my reason for NOT reading A Game of Thrones valid?

  1. I think your reason is perfectly valid. I do read series that aren’t finished, and it’s hard to wait for the next one, especially if publication dates are promised and then changed (you don’t want to get me started on that, believe me). I read A Game of Thrones back when it was published in 1996, so I have been waiting more than twenty years for the end of the series. Don’t blame you at all for wanting to avoid that kind of mess. I was also fairly disappointed in A Dance With Dragons, so I’m not as concerned as I used to be about when the series will be finished.

    I quit watching the show after a couple of seasons, but that’s another story.

    • “I read A Game of Thrones back when it was published in 1996…”-

      Ugh. And I thought that three year wait between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi was long.

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