If ever any series has caught the attention of this millennial generation, it has to be ‘The Game of Thrones (GoT). The the producers of the HBO series will surely prevail in the minds of the millions who follow this series while Mr. Martin, the creator of this fantastic series can lick his wounds like our very own ‘star’ author Mr. Chetan Bhagat did after the blockbuster movie ‘3 Idiots’, (based on his book) was released.
I got on to this GoT bandwagon extremely late. In fact I picked up the first book after hearing so much about the TV series. Being a typical bookworm, who believes that the written word is more sacred, I decided to start reading the book first and only then watch the TV series, which had already completed five extremely successful seasons. I was hooked onto the book from day one, the plot and the pace of the first few books left me wanting more. In fact, the first few books were the best of the series, where not only does the story moves at a pace, but there is some thoughtful writing too.
However, I happened to see one of the ads for the coming series on TV and decided to watch the series and read the book in parallel. I was blown by the quality of production, This was surely many notches up from the previous HBO series. It does take a while to grow onto you but I was already well into the second book when I started watching the series. It was great to put the faces to the characters. I have always found it difficult to imagine faces of people as well as the landscapes in books and hence the TV series fueled my urge to read and complete the books sooner. Ironically I thought that this book series was only made of six books when I realized towards the middle of book six that this series was far from over!
I read a lot of bad press for the series especially when it started moving away from the path the books had set. Some characters started making an appearance earlier than expected in the TV series, while some characters, just never made it to the TV screen. I think this was a good thing because somewhere around book four I started feeling that the author was getting caught in his own fantasy and he keeps introducing new characters and complicating the story further. The TV series has done the smarter thing by moving away from that trap and making some logical changes to the script.
I am not going to go into the details of what was changed but by the end of season six on TV and book six; HBO had surely defeated Mr. George R. R. Martin. In one of his interviews he had said Tolkien was his inspiration in creating a parallel universe like that of Lord of the Rings, but what went in favor of the latter was that there was no production house that could rival his creation.
It was so disappointing to know that book seven has been in ‘production’ for over five years! I understand that the author got busy with scripting the TV series but when you read that his book seven is 1200+ pages post edits, you know that he has lost control over the tale. The daily soap script writer has taken over the author.
To make matter worse, this is not the last book of the series, it seems he has so much material that he can easily stretch this to at least ten books. Again, HBO played the smarter, declaring that season eight would be the last. This means that the TV series will surely end before the book series and both would have different ends, which just muddles up things for readers like me who also watch the series.
Mr. Martin, you have surely lost the plot! GoT will always be remembered as a TV series rather than the classic fantasy book series it was meant to be. This does not mean I will not read the books when they are released. The book buff in me will not rest till I have completed reading the entire series, however tedious it may be!
What about you? What will you do? Do leave your comments below!