I mean, I’m on the edge of my seat here, I’m so ready for this show to start the new season!
My sister recently bought the entire series so far so we can start reading it. I tried to start the first book when it was released — I pre-ordered it for the husband of a friend who was constantly looking for new books, and I’d heard things about GRR Martin that made me think the series would be right up his alley. He read it, loved it and loaned it to me, but after the prologue, I realised there was no magic in the book and lost interest within the first chapter. I sort of felt like it had been a bait and switch. And the prose was so very heavy.
I have to say, the books benefited greatly from the television series because it’s made people like me think that maybe we judged too quickly. I’m not a fan of the endless sexual violence against women, or the way some of the women are portrayed in the book, as opposed to in the series (which often improves on Martin’s mistakes IMHO)–based on what I’ve heard, Tyrion’s lover comes to mind as an example of a woman that needed that makeover. But no book is perfect, and I think GRR Martin is doing something exciting and huge. So I’m giving the books another chance.
And in the meantime, I’m watching these trailers and longing for April!