To avoid being a complete and pathetic fan girl, this post is dedicated to the first two books of the Song of Ice and Fire Series. (This is an addiction from which a fountain of blog posts shall spring).
I am very late to the Game of Thrones bandwagon. So late that three weeks ago I wasn’t even sure what it was. Then, in a fount of misery, I watched the first two series of the HBO show. In four days. I’d like to say I’m not proud of such lethargy, but I am. Call me sloth girl.
I vaguely remember attempting to read A Game of Thrones before. I must have done, because it was already downloaded on my kindle app, and I don’t share that with anyone. I don’t recall ever making it past the prologue. Then, in a fit of genius, I remembered that when I was a small(er) girl, I never read prologues. The first time the word ‘prologue’ ever appeared, I was told it was the fancy word for introductions. Well I didn’t want an introduction, I wanted a story.
As a grown person, I do try to read the prologues. But (don’t lynch me), I’ve now read three George R R Martin prologues and hated them all. So, if you’re struggling to get into the books, I heartily recommend skipping straight to the action.
I also normally hate seeing a TV/film interpretation before reading the story for myself. But, on this occasion and this occasion only I do think the show really helped me get into the story. The landscape, geography and sheer number of characters is ginormous. And fantasy epics are my bread and butter – so I’m no stranger to a battle cry or a Lord Commander. But having already seen an interpretation of the plot, it did help me wade through and have a better grasp of what’s going on.
Now I’ve moved onto book three, I’m desperate to keep ahead of the show (which I’m now addicted to) and form my own opinions. Unfortunately some absolute chump told me who dies. I fed his testicles to my dog.
I realise this is massively uninformative, but I’m loathe to spoil the story my sharing it. It’s good, you’ll like it. Turn off the talking box and get reacquainted with paper and ink.