I have been a Game of Thrones fan for quite some time now… I started out just watching the episodes until recently a co-worker suggested that I should read the books. I love reading so instantly I jumped without hesitation until he informed me that it was 704 pages. And I repeat 704 pages. This 704 pages runs down 33 hours of audio.
So I downloaded the eBook and began my journey and even only having finished a few chapters the differences between George R. R. Martin’s writing style and how the episodes are displayed are drastically different.
Taking one scene in particular that struck me from one of the first chapters. There is a scene where the Stark family encounters a pack of direwolves in the woods whose mother was dead. In the episode version they make fun of the King of the Norths bastard child when there is a runt of the litter saying, “he is the runt the bastard just like you.” However when I was reading the book, the author beautifully wrote that John Snow looked at the wolf and was proclaimed with pride that it was his.
I think that film play has more pressure to create drama and conflicts within stories so as viewers of these shows we are hooked. The writing style of Martin is very different from the what is portrayed in the episodes, some of the names are abbreviated, scenes cut short, and things drastically changed. I acknowledge that they can’t every scene from the these thousand page stories, however what they choose to take can drastically change the portrayal of a story.