{Book or TV Series} A Game of Thrones

Book or TV Series - A Game of Thrones

TV Series: Game of Thrones, Season 1 (HBO – 2011)
Book: A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire #1), George R.R. Martin

A Game of Thrones (Book)Book Summary: Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. (Amazon| Goodreads)

I read the book first (see my full discussion here), and then watched the TV series a few months later.

My Opinion: The TV Series – by just a little bit.

Reason: In the book, each chapter is told from the point of view of one of nine characters, and at first, it wasn’t easy to keep everything straight. It takes a while to get comfortable & remember who all the characters are – but there was no such problem with the tv series, which is why I give it the edge over the book.

The TV series is one of the best visual adaptations of a book that I’ve ever seen. The characters were PERFECTLY cast, the scenery & settings was just as I pictured it in my head, the plot followed the book very closely, and each of the 10 episodes of Season 1 was interesting and well acted.

SO, if you’ve read the book, then make SURE to watch the tv series too, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t yet read the book – watch the TV show, and then watch season 2!

Have you read A Game of Thrones or watched the TV series? What did you think?


  1. Grr… I don’t know where my comment went. As soon as I saw your post, I knew I had to scroll down to see what Jade had to say since she loves this series. I’m intrigued. I love the series on TV. I think when I finish with Eve and Roarke, I’ll give the books a try.

  2. Oooh very interesting. As soon as I saw this post, I scrolled down to comments to see what Jade would say because I know she loves this series. When I finish with Eve and Roarke, I think I’ll tackle this series in book form. I’ll let you know my opinion after.

  3. I’m always for a book, even here. But I agree, casting was amazing and following the story was spot on. Season 2 let me down compared to season 1 because it was quite removed from the books at times.
    I hope season 3 will get back on track with the book as well.

    I am writing a similar posts on this but with movies, I have a lot to let out. :D

  4. Difficult choice. I like both. But only read and seen the 1st. GRRM is so ruthless though!
    Lynn :D

  5. I love the idea of this feature! I have had zero exposure to either the book or the television series, but I am glad you liked the show so much. Casting is so important, especially in book adaptations, so it is great that they did a good job here. :)

  6. I started the series in audiobook, and really enjoyed it but found it just too confusing to follow. So I bought the books instead and am now waiting for a nice chunk of time to sit down and read them. I don’t know if I’ll watch the series, though.

  7. I like having the series finished before reading the books too – but this series – the books are so massive that I don’t I’ll catch up! I still have books 4 & 5 to go.

  8. I joined a read along for this series so I’m hoping to get through them all by the end of the year. I have a hard time with books that have a lot of characters so we’ll see how it goes. We have the TV show coming from Netflix soon and I can’t decide if I should watch as I read or just watch it all up front. Maybe it’ll help me when I go to read the book.

  9. Part of me wants to read these books, but they are just so darn long! Normally that wouldn’t bother me, but I’m not 100% sold on the storyline. I’m kind of afraid they would be the only books I would read the rest of the year if I started them!

  10. I read the first book before wtahcing the series. It’s a toss up for me, which I liked better. It was hard to get into the characters at first but now….just finished book three (Storm of Swords) and I am hooked. Love this series.
    Have not watched the second in the TV series because we don’t have network feed at all. Totally Netflicks and Redbox or DVDs we own. So, I am looking forward to that.
    My favorite characters are Arya, Jon and Tyrion…I LOVED Eddard…and my opinion about George Martin not being loyal to important characters, killing some major ones off, etc….that’s what keeps it very interesting.

  11. Is something wrong with me? I didn’t “get” the GOT…and I have several of the books. I read the first one and was like..why do people like it so much? I like books like this (LoTRs is one of my favorites) but I couldn’t fall in love with this. Should I give it another try? Maybe watch the show first?

  12. I refuse to start the books until the series is finished. I don’t want to see another Wheel of Time/Robert Jordan event. That said, I am super curious about the tv series, because I’ve heard so much good abut it, so I might have to at least watch it.

  13. BOTH, I am in love with them both and so far I love them equally! I actually started out watching the series. For some reason I didn’t pay as close attention with season one, but baby when season two started I couldn’t believe how engrossed I was. And that just made me want to read the books because I know there is always more info in the books.

    So then I picked up GOT and ACOK, and haven’t looked back. The books are sooooooo good! I’ve read through ASOS and have begun to re-read them so I can finally get to AFFC.

    I cannot wait for March 31. Since book three was a total mind fu*k, I’m anxious to see how they adapt the book to screen, especially considering the many little ways they veered from the book in season two. I’m scared for The Red Wedding scene! WHHHHYYYYY George WHHHHYYYY!?

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