The Bookworms of Game of Thrones

In general, I usually prefer reading the books before watching any film adaptation, but HBO’s Game of Thrones was one of my few exceptions, because the show was so good that it was such a treat to come into each episode with no idea what was going to happen next.

However, after three seasons, the show’s ever growing popularity makes it really difficult to avoid stumbling onto spoilers online, and I’ve had to watch several episodes with a sigh of resignation because I accidentally read a spoiler some scumbag posted online.

So now I’m hitting the books. I already read the first one after watching Season 1 when it first aired, and the plan was to read the second book after watching the second season, and so on. That was the plan, at least, until life (read: pregnancy and twin babies) got in the way and I was never able to finish the second book. But now, armed with a new iPad that allows me to read in a dimly lit bedroom with a baby asleep beside me, I’m fast catching up. As in fueled-by-the-recently-aired-season-fast. As in still-suffering-withdrawal-syndrome-from-the-recently-aired-season-fast. Only a few chapters to go until I finish the last book! And then I join the ranks of those eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book but afraid to rant about the delay for fear that George R.R. Martin would kill another Stark if we keep pestering him about it.

In the meantime, in honor of the books and books in general, I collected some choice quotes from A Song of Ice and Fire, searched for some cast photos, et voilà. A little tribute to the written word. Because reading books really is something, no matter how good the film adaptation is.

books as mind's whetstone

tyrion lannister

there's always one more book

samwell tarly

a thousand lis

jojen reed

another world in every page

aemon targaryen

 

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2 thoughts on “The Bookworms of Game of Thrones

  1. I am a huge GoT fan too, though unlike you, I read all the published books first before finally (and a bit reluctantly) watching the TV series. So far I have only watched two seasons and there were quite a bit of deviation from the books, which is a pretty common thing but still really irks me anyway. Lol. But I am pretty happy that the actors cast for my fave characters (Jon Snow, Arya Stark and Daenerys Targaryen) gave their book counterparts justice.

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  2. Haha yeah that’s an inevitable pitfall of the book reader. But it really can’t be helped, because of the nature of the medium. Not everything will translate well from book to film hence the need to adapt certain things. I think it’s a really good adaptation and I hope you’d come to enjoy the series in time 🙂 In the meantime, tapos ko na A Dance with Dragons! Ouch, may masakit na part dun sa hulki, kung kelan patapos na, kainis haha!

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