I have been following the series since the past 1.5 years and I am crazy about it.
I must confess that the last time any series had so much of an impact on me was 15 years ago – and it was the Harry Potter series. But I had read the books first and then saw the movies during my Harry Potter stage. This time, it is completely different. I have NOT read the books of ASOIAF or A Song Of Ice And Fire series.
I know, I know. I can see some raised eyebrows there. I do have my reasons though.
I can visualize everything just the way the HBO series has made me visualisze. Lack of imagination makes every line a tad bit lengthy.
The pace. The pace. The series shows time passing in a whiff. But the books…not so much. This forms the base of my next point.
GRRM writes slow. I respect him and I understand it is not easy. However, it doesn’t help my cause. I can’t wait that long. When I start a series, I want to wrap it up soonish. This is not going to happen with ASIOAF.
If I purchase the books – physical books, I need to have the whole set. Buying five books in some edition and then the other two in “I Don’t Know What Happened To Good Cover Designers” is not something I am keen on.
The books and the series have major differences. I don’t want to cringe and get shocks every other day!
Every time I open the book, some or the other work comes up. I mean it. It is jinxed – the book. I have borrowed the first one from a friend.
If I do start reading the book, I bet I will not stop. It happened with Harry Potter. I stayed up all night with a torch and a blanket and completed 3 books in a row for 3 days straight. Eating was out of question as well. But that was student life. Now I have to juggle so many things such as a full-time job and this blog. I rarely have spare time.
I constantly keep comparing GOT to other fantasy series. I have called Ned Stark Boromir for a long long time. Walder Frey will always be Mr. Filch.
I know it in my bones that I will like a character immensely only to find that he/she is dead in the HBO series. (Alive and kicking in the books though)
Because of this guy –http://patricksponaugle.com/. He writes some freaking awesome GOT posts and I need no books for it. He is going to write posts on – Defense of Olly. AM EXCITED!
I am not affected by Spoilers so I have read a lot about the series and have at least some kind of knowledge.
Is there a famous book you have not read but want to read it desperately?
Bio: Kim blogs at – The Booklover. She is a business educator by day and book blogger during off time. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University (BBA), Kennesaw State University (MBA), and The University of West Georgia (M.Ed. and Ed.S.).
1. Name 5-10 of your most favourite books 2. A book that you have re-read the most 3.Favourite authors and why 4. Genre you dislike 5. Character crush 6. Character you strongly identify with 7.One character you want to bring to the real world 8. What is your ideal reading space/environment 9. Must-have books in a collection 10.Earliest memory of books and reading 11. Weirdest book or reading experience
1. Favorite books: The Orphanmaster’s Son by Adam Johnson, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, The City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw, Night Film by Marissa Pessl, and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.
2. I don’t really re-read books because there are too many books to read in this lifetime, so there isn’t really time to go back and re-read one. If I were going to choose one to re-read right now, it would probably be A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.
3. I like Umberto Eco because his subject matter is so interesting. David Mitchell is a standout, although I don’t necessarily agree with his messaging. Authors I plan to read again soon are Donna Tartt, Adam Johnson, and John Burdette.
4. I dislike romance as a genre. It is so predictable and I don’t even like romance in the story except on the rare occasion. For example, the romance really ruined A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness for me.
5. My character crush is so predictable – Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.
6. I strongly identify with Hermione Granger of the Harry Potter series.
7. Father Peter in The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
8. My ideal reading environment would be outside in a beautiful garden with NO mosquitos! They eat me up.
9. I don’t have any of them, but would love to have the entire set of Penguin Hardcover Classics with cover by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Those are beautiful books. I will take donations if anybody is willing!
10. My mother was a librarian, so my earliest memories are of going to the library with her. I loved the library in my hometown. It was in a log cabin built in 1792, but has since moved to a larger more modern facility.
11. The weirdest book I’ve read is The Celestine Prophecy. It really is a waste of time.
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