“But Have You Read the Book?”

I’m one of those Game of Thrones fans that has read the books. Yeah, one of those guys. Up until the current season, of course. All bets were off with this season, season six, and next season. The television series has passed George R. R. Martin’s writing speed, as was predicted back when the series first began by many. Martin has, of course, given the HBO series’ show runners his outline and told them the ending of the Game, as it where. How the television series gets to that finale scene versus how the books get there will be a fascinating journey, I’m sure. Most of what we’ve seen this season has been speculated and guessed at successfully by fans of both book and series, so has anyone actually guessed the true ending? I can’t wait to find out!

But now, an admission. I’ve not watched the HBO series any further than the first season. I have seasons one and two on Blu Ray, but haven’t even broken the seal on season 2, for whatever reason. I think the thing that has set me off from the fantastic writing and cinematography of the show is the unnecessary – in my opinion – gratuitous nudity and sex. Don’t get me wrong, I know we can go into the whole, “Well, it fits the period. It’s part of the story. It’s how times were back when Winter was Coming.” I know. But each season since season 2 seems to try and out-do the other on how much and what they can swing, bounce and jiggle in front of the camera. I’m no prude, but I feel that 95% of what GoT puts into the shows involving nudity and sex detracts from the fact that it is an extremely well written and filmed show. Excellent acting on behalf of all the cast, from the lowest extra to the biggest star. And while it hasn’t hurt the ratings or fanbase at all, it has pushed away a rather decent percentage of potential viewers.

I’m not saying I’ll never go back and watch the series for the reasons I spoke of above. I already intend to begin catching up at the start of season 7. With 6 seasons under the table now, I can marathon those suckers at my leisure, then be ready for a completed season 7 by the time I’m done. No, I don’t approve of the excessive show of skin, but I do appreciate the rest of the show, and while one may detract from the other, that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is a groundbreaking fantasy series that has crossed many a genre fanbase. Plus, it has brought book and series fans together – sometimes at odds with one another – to cheer on their favorite characters and compare notes. For 5 seasons, book fans got to knowingly smile and nod their heads as first time television viewers were shocked and awed by the twisting web of the Game. Now we can join hands and venture into the unknown together for a change.

Now all we have to do is wait on Martin to, eventually, finish The Winds of Winter, the next book in the Song of Ice & Fire series, which is what we know as The Game of Thrones. I’m excited and on the edge of my seat to read and compare. While I haven’t been watching the last several seasons, I have been keeping up with episode reviews online, filled with spoilers and other goodness.

What are your thoughts and opinions on The Game of Thrones? Have you even seen it? Do you care about the nudity, or do you feel it detracts from the story at times? Maybe the violence bothers you. It’s definitely a show with many aspects that can’t always be tackled at once. Either way, I’m a fan – sometimes a bitter one.

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2 thoughts on ““But Have You Read the Book?”

  1. i don’t watch it due to the gratuitous violence…i know all the arguments you applied to the nudity apply to the violence..it was the times..it is necessary to accurately portray the story…blah blah blah. it seems with GoT everything is excessive anyway…it is part of what makes it great. so, no i do not watch GoT but that doesn’t mean i do not recognize its worth.

  2. True. You could cut nudity and violence out and wouldn’t lose anything in the story, in my opinion. I’d like to see an edited version to see how it compares

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