I cannot count how many times I’ve tried to talk about Game of Thrones with someone to have them tell me ‘the book is better’. Or that I should ‘read the book’.
Guess what everyone. I DON’T WANT TO.
I could have read these books YEARS ago and I chose not to. CHOSE not to. I worked in a bookstore for 2 years. I used to be HUGE into epic fantasy, high fantasy, dragons, magic, wizards you name it. I didn’t want to read Harry Potter BECAUSE I thought it was too lame compared to the AMAZING things I was reading. I had a work-friend who tried for TWO YEARS to get me to read A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE (and this was a true read-them-before-there-was-even-the-IDEA-for-a-TV-show book fan) and I was just like nope, don’t want to.
So when the TV show came out I didn’t watch the first season until the second season came out. Everyone was NUTS for it and I was over here all ‘pffff, please, couldn’t care less’. But then idek why, I was bored or something, and I decided to watch it. I LOVED IT. The TV show was SO FUN to watch. So bloody and sexy and witty and I just fell for it. Blew through the first two seasons and then was sad it was over.
After that what did I do? I bought A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE and read about 50 pages before I was all ‘fuck this I HATE multiple POV this is annoying I have better things to read’.
So I quit and read a million other books because I LOVE YA FICTION OKAY. And if you think that this makes me a bad person or puts me below you in some way… then just really. REALLY. How are we friends?
I tried to read it again later this year and got to about page 300 when I just… really couldn’t handle the multiple POV again. Guys, I cannot stand it. Either write form first person or third. I will tolerate alternating, but omfg there are TOO MANY POVS. So I shelved it and probably wont go back to it.
Along came season 3 and for some reason ALL of the people who READ THE BOOKS BETWEEN SEASONS were the biggest fan OF THE BOOKS and supreme EXPERTS. Everyone was all ‘oh I knew that was going to happen’ or ‘omg that was NOT like it was in the book D: I demand a refund!’ and I couldn’t even cry over the deaths of my own favorites because anytime I’d open my mouth about it the ~book fans~ would get up on their high horses and look down at me and shake their head and make me feel like I am not qualified to enjoy a fucking TV show because I didn’t want to slog my way through thousands of pages of books that I CHOSE not to read.
THEN the TV fans got all pissed off when there were ~spoilers~ all about. This makes NO sense to me because THESE BOOKS HAVE BEEN OUT SINCE THE 90’s. There are NO surprises. It’s like people watching Harry Potter now and being upset that someone tells them Dumbledore dies. IT’S PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE. So while I would appreciate it if the book fans would get off their high horses, especially those who only read the books BECAUSE they got into the TV show, and simmer down, I would also like the TV fans to shut up about things like ~spoilers~.
And I would REALLY like it if I could actually publicly enjoy this with people who also enjoy it without feeling like I’m not qualified to enjoy it AS MUCH as because I didn’t WANT to read the books.
Stop judging me!
And just so I’m clear, I’m not saying that if you went out and read the books between seasons that you’re a bad person. READING IS AWESOME. And anything that makes people read more IS AWESOME. Elitism is NOT. And that’s what is annoying the hell out of me.