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