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Southofsoap
Mar 18 2012, 02:50 PM
Has anyone read the books? Would it affect my enjoyment of the show if I read them?
I read the first book, and am planning on reading the rest.

I can't exactly say whether or not it will negatively affect my enjoyment of the future seasons, since A) I've only read the first book, and B) I read it after I watched the first season. I don't think it will. But if anything, it's gotten me practically giddy for the second season. I do believe that reading the books will give you a new appreciation for the show. There are *so* much details, and I think the producers did a great job of trying to incorporate as much of it as possible into the show.

You should check out the books. It's a good read -- very well-written and well-crafted. I never would've considered reading the books if it weren't for GoT, which is sad, because I would've missed out on a great series.

And if you are going to read them, my advice would be to read them after you watched the show. That's what I am doing; I'm waiting for the second season to be over before I read the second book. Books usually meet (and even exceed) your expectations. Shows/movies, however, usually will not. Books are almost always better than the show, and I've found that to avoid not being surprised / being underwhelmed, read the book after. Plus, it helps you get your GoT fix while you're waiting a year for the new season to start. :)

Here are a few links to help you decide:
http://ology.com/post/31379/why-you-should-or-shouldn-t-read-a-game-of-thrones-before-watching-the-tv-show

http://www.quora.com/Game-of-Thrones-TV-series/Should-I-read-the-Song-of-Ice-And-Fire-book-series-before-watching-the-HBO-series-Game-of-Thrones
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