I have just started Game of Thrones. The book really isn't up my alley but I had a friend recommend it. Is HBO going to do it like one book = one year?
Thanks for the info though. I figured I will have to wait until the season comes to DVD as the wife made me cancel HBO.
This is currently my favorite show on TV. The acting is superb and the writing is excellent. I have also been surprised at how good the sets and special effects have been. My only fear with this series is that it is going to get too expensive to maintain over a long period of time. This is what happened with another of my favorite HBO Series, Rome. It got very good ratings but it eventually got too expensive to maintain.
I seriously considered getting HBO simply for this show. I loved the books. Just a notch below the Wheel of Time for me in that genre.
Just for an update concerning the Wheel of Time...Robert Jordan passed away after a long illness just prior to the final 3 books. Brandon Sanderson's taken over (with TONS of notes from RJ) and the first 2 books he's done (Crossroads of Twilight and Towers of Midnight) have been absolutely fantastic. Right up there with the first few books of the series. The very last one should come out later this year and finally put a cap on this series that has eaten my life the past 20 years. I have traditionally gone back and re-read the series each time a new book has come out. So yes, I'm retarded and I've read the Eye of the World 13 times...so far.
Better to end a season too early than a season too late.
I read Games of Thrones the day it was released by pure happenstance, but I have become a devoted fan of the series. I am writing to WARN you... there will be a point when you are reading Book 3 that you will have a dramatic emotional reaction.
When that happens, close the book and please post here immediately.
I have bought the first book for close to 20 other folks and always given the the warning (above) as well as a warning that they will not be able to stop reading the series and will eventually be stuck with the rest of us waiting impatiently for the next book to come out. Every single one of them has contacted me when they hit the point in Book Three to curse me out for making them read and experience that.
It will be interesting to ready your reaction when you hit that point.
The plan for Game of Thrones is a minimum five year run with a book per season. From what i have heard, the only thing preventing years six and seven will be martin's inability to actually finish those books in time.
The problem with the series is that the Characters and Plot are so well developed that martin has created a very high expectation of quality among the readers and he has become a perfectionist trying to live up to it, thus the longer and longer delays.
I am having a couple of difficulties with the book so far. First of all there are so many characters being introduced to the book. I feel like I am constantly flipping back to the Appendix to see who is who. Secondly I don't like how the chapters start with the name of a character. It kind of throws me off. Its nothing major just start the chapter with a number.