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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 4:52 pm 
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I've done the whole thread now, which was more than I thought it would be because it goes back to before we had spoiler tags, and for the first half of the thread people were using white text, which had to be replaced with spoiler tags.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:22 pm 
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Thanks, Voronwë! That's great about the easy update on the spoiler tags. I'll convert any old ones that I come across.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:43 pm 
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Do the spoilers include the books or just the tv show?

I haven't read the books, and I don't want to run across any information about season 5 that book readers might know about.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:20 pm 
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I think the spoiler tags are for book events only.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:34 pm 
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So any book information is behind spoiler tags? I haven't read the books yet, and I won't until the series is over.


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I think specifically the spoiler tags are for events in the books that have not yet been depicted in the show. If they've appeared in some form, they can be mentioned outside spoiler tags.

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Back when the first book of GoT came out, I purchased it, and actually got to meet the author at WorldCon, which was in Toronto that year.

I read it, then bought the next one, and struggled my way through it. Too dark, too many deaths, and the Others REALLY seriously creeped me out!

With the coming of the T.V. series, I started to get interested again. When WalMart put a package of all 5 books on sale in a boxed set for $35 last Christmas, I mulled it over, and after getting a WalMart gift card for Christmas, decided to bite.

I left them sitting in my bedroom for months, before finally picking up the second one in the series to give it another go. I quickly found I had forgotten too much of this VERY complex series, and went right back to the beginning and started with the first novel.

It took me awhile to get through. They are MASSIVE books!

I then started on #2. It was even slower going. I finally finished it in a determined late-night reading session last week, then tried to keep the momentum going by plunging into #3. I was REALLY determined to get caught up to where the series is currently at on T.V., so I can go ahead and watch it. (I currently have the DVDs for Season 1 and 2, and am thinking of buying Season 3).

Last night, I finally gave up. It is just TOO MUCH! (Avoiding spoilers here!) A favourite character is killed, one I hadn't expected to die. I already knew others who died around the same time were doomed (the Red Wedding, which I've heard about, but not seen yet.) I asked myself, "Are you enjoying this?" The answer was "HELL, NO!" Then why keep on reading it?

When I REALLY enjoy a book, I finish it in a couple of days, or a week at the most. I LOVE reading, and though I don't read nearly as much as I used to, I am still capable of devouring a book from a favourite author very quickly, staying up to the wee hours of the morning if it is really good.

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So, sorry, GRRM. Your bloated, violence-filled tomes are just not for me...

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I was surprised to find Sansa is forced to marry Tyrion. Does this happen in the TV series, too, or is that one of the things they changed?

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Another turn-off to the series is trying to keep track of all the minor characters, some of which aren't listed in the appendices. When Reek turns out to be Someone Important, I actually had to go online and search his real name to figure out who he was, as his house is not listed. And I found out far more information about him than I really wanted to... :scarey: He is one SICK dude!

I have been involved with another multi-book, multi-character saga for many years, written by Janny Wurts. Hers has gone on for longer than GRRM's. (She's currently working on Book #10, with, I believe, 2 more to come.) I don't ever recall having to do a Google search for one of her characters. If I wasn't sure who someone was, there is a comprehensive index of names (NOT just alliances!) at the back of each book.

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I also am not a huge fan of the books (though I do believe that the ethic that drives the author is in opposition to the nihilism of the world he created - we just won't know that for sure until the conclusion). The TV show, however, is much better IMO. Truly wonderful characterizations throughout, despite the sometimes relentless heartbreak.

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I was surprised to find Sansa is forced to marry Tyrion. Does this happen in the TV series, too, or is that one of the things they changed?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:36 am 
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Where is this series at? Being in Oz, we are way behind. I have watched up to the first four episodes of series four. How much more is there?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:31 am 
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6 more Eps I think Impy.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:37 am 
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So, series five is next season?

Pardon my typos - tiny phone keyboard probs.

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You have to also remember G.R.R. Martin hasn't finished writing the books, so there will be still more to come for the TV series, once the books are done!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:37 pm 
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How fast can he write? Seems to me that at the rate of one book a year, the sceenwritets will be done and dusted before Martin publishes the next, and then the production company will sit around twiddling their thumbs waiting. I picture it...the actors going grey... :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:39 am 
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Good point.

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As an FYI, the producers have strongly indicated that the series will not go beyond seven seasons. GRRM cannot catch up. They are filming season 5 now, and there are story-lines in it that have not yet been published. In short, the show will be completed before the books.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:20 pm 
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I wonder; will it be strictly correct to say the show was completed before the books if the last books are never published?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:33 pm 
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There's only one book left, isn't there? So there's still a chance he may finish the book in time - isn't there?

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There are supposed to be two more (The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring), but he's left open the possibility of extending the series further.


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