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Honest question from a new GoT watcher


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Is there anything more gained from actually watching the show instead of reading summaries?

 

I finished watching season one and, well, it wasn't too bad for a soap opera :kayne: but it was still rather melodramatic, in my humble opinion.


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I read and moderately enjoyed the books but I've had a hard time watching the show. Maybe it's just that I know how everything will play out, maybe it's that I can read in a couple of minutes what takes an hour of video to get through.



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I read and moderately enjoyed the books but I've had a hard time watching the show. Maybe it's just that I know how everything will play out, maybe it's that I can read in a couple of minutes what takes an hour of video to get through.

Yeah… Feels a bit like Naruto ended up: check in every five episodes to see if anything actually happened yet :down:


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I started watching it 2 months ago and just finished season 4. I enjoyed pretty much every episode and i'm sure by just watching/reading the episode recaps, you're taking away a lot of the substance and self realization you would've had by watching it normally.

 

Btw I've realized that almost nothing is irrelevant and there's a lot you won't understand at first but will have meaning later on.


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I started watching it 2 months ago and just finished season 4. I enjoyed pretty much every episode and i'm sure by just watching/reading the episode recaps, you're taking away a lot of the substance and self realization you would've had by watching it normally.

 

Btw I've realized that almost nothing is irrelevant and there's a lot you won't understand at first but will have meaning later on.

I am being a little facetious, as I don't mean it's a bad show, but I'd maybe place it in company of shows like StarGate: Universe and, well, Naruto, though I'm by no means huge on shows in general.

 

And I'm not so foolish as to read summaries in advance :P


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I agree with what Evan said, you may not have an understanding of the small instances in the episodes now, but it is most likely foreshadowing 

 

I love the show and really cant wait for the next season


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Is there anything more gained from actually watching the show instead of reading summaries?

 

I finished watching season one and, well, it wasn't too bad for a soap opera :kayne: but it was still rather melodramatic, in my humble opinion.

 

The books are much better. I had started reading the books about 1.5years before the released the TV series, and they have so much more detail and subplots.

 

Just my opinion, the TV series is ok, guess it gives you a picture in your head as to what the things may look like in the book.


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Well i like the books alot havent seen the series itself yet. although i really want to ... mannn where is the time!


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Watch Vikings it's better


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Is there anything more gained from actually watching the show instead of reading summaries?

 

I finished watching season one and, well, it wasn't too bad for a soap opera :kayne: but it was still rather melodramatic, in my humble opinion.

 

The books are much better. I had started reading the books about 1.5years before the released the TV series, and they have so much more detail and subplots.

 

Just my opinion, the TV series is ok, guess it gives you a picture in your head as to what the things may look like in the book.

 

I can imagine the books are more interesting, maybe I'll take a look

 

Watch Vikings it's better

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I agree with what Evan said, you may not have an understanding of the small instances in the episodes now, but it is most likely foreshadowing 

 

I love the show and really cant wait for the next season

I have noticed a few instances of foreshadowing, most blatantly that white haired airy-fairy woman's (I don't think I could have made a more ridiculous character if I had tried) hands not getting burnt from touching the hot eggs.

 

My main problem with the series is that when the plot drags out and out and out, it's the characters who carry the burden. A bunch of intrigues with characters I for the most part find melodramatic (and sometimes even ludicrous) means, to me, that there isn't much substance besides what you'd typically find in a summary. Though to be fair, it's difficult to live up to all the adulation and in addition, where I expected something akin to high fantasy I found a political drama set in what's virtually a low fantasy world.

 

I guess I'll see if I can't recalibrate my expectations and see what I think then. :smile17:


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My main problem with the series is that when the plot drags out and out and out, it's the characters who carry the burden. A bunch of intrigues with characters I for the most part find melodramatic (and sometimes even ludicrous) means, to me, that there isn't much substance besides what you'd typically find in a summary. Though to be fair, it's difficult to live up to all the adulation and in addition, where I expected something akin to high fantasy I found a political drama set in what's virtually a low fantasy world.

 

I guess I'll see if I can't recalibrate my expectations and see what I think then. :smile17:

 

That's a decent microcosm of my complaints about the books. Aside from the prose being mediocre at best if you're used to really high-caliber English writing, imo the author fails at making many characters possible to empathize with and then acts like the reader's empathy is a given. When character you don't give a shit about #34 dies a horrible death, I have a hard time taking it seriously because it's the nth time that exact pattern has repeated itself. The author's gimmick of deliberately subverting the reader's expectations of what's supposed to happen in a fantasy story (i.e. killing off characters at the most unexpected time) is neat at first but gets really stale as soon as you realize what the trick is and modify your expectations. It goes from entertaining to monotonous a little too fast.



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I got through first season liked the cool environment n shit but got kinda bored halfway through the second season so i stopped


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