Okay. I get it. There aren’t that many reasons to read G.R.R.M’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series. For one, it’s not even complete, and G.R.R.M has been working on The Winds of Winter for a long time (you needn’t look far to see a variety of meme’s expressing just how long fans have been waiting for that book.)
Game of Thrones is also now further along in the story line than the book are, meaning fans are more likely to get major series spoilers from the television show before the last book is published.
Then there’s the fact that the books are massive.
Some of you might think this blog post is probably a futile attempt to convince a few people to waste their time. And futile it may be – however I’m still going to try and persuade you a little. Here are 10 reasons why you should read ‘A Song of Ice and Fire.’
1. There are a tonne of characters in the book that don’t appear in the TV show. Anyone who has seen Game of Thrones knows that its the characters that drive the story lines. Everyone has their favourites. Of course, the series has far too many characters to possibly include them all. You can meet some of these characters (who are very interesting) by reading the books.
2. The writing
Okay. The books are huge. But for good reason. G.R.R.M is a master of detail. Including describing food (somehow he makes the most disgusting things sound delicious). And any writer who pulls out quotes such as “… a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge” and “fear cuts deeper than swords” is a writer worth reading (in my humble opinion).
The TV show has done a pretty good job of following the books accurately. They’ve created a suspenseful, exciting show which has garnered many fans. Except, they kind of (totally) stuffed up Dorne (and by stuffed up – I mean made a PISS POOR representation of it and its characters). In the books the Sand Snakes are about 1000X times more awesome than they are in the TV show.
4. The points of view
We get to see Westeros through the eyes of so many characters in the books – which makes it pretty exciting. I don’t know about you – but I often get sick of reading from the view of ONE character for an entire book. By reading the books you get perspectives from a majority of the major characters in the show – Cersei, Jon, Dany, Arya, Bran, Sansa, Ser Davos (amoung many, many others)
5. It gives more context than the TV show
Of course there’s only so much history you can put about Westeros into a TV show. The book delves deeper into the events which have shaped Westeros into what it is today (giving a deeper insight into how the series might end).
6. The TV show doesn’t cover everything that happens in the books
It simply can’t. There are some pretty jaw dropping scenes which occur in the books that are totally worth reading (and don’t happen in the show).
7. Fan theories
Some of them are pretty hard to understand if you haven’t read the books. If you don’t know what happens in the books – it’s also harder to come up with your own fan theories. (This kinda ties in with the fact there are parts which haven’t been covered in the show).
8. The surprises are just as shocking in the book.
If you’re keen on reliving some of the more brutal scenes from the show they are just as brutal in the books.
9. The characters are different in the books
Whilst the show does a good representation of the GOT characters, I found myself admiring book Jamie more than television show Jamie. Daario also has blue hair in the book (and I kinda like him better in it too). Also – I kinda already said this but the Sand Snakes are WAY cooler in the books. Oh yeah, and Tyrion is like 1000X uglier.
10. Reading makes you smarter.
I mean, I shouldn’t really need to press this point on a book blog – because if you’re reading this you probably like books already. But reading does make you smarter. I don’t need to point you to the numerous studies that prove this. Just Google it.
Have you read A Song of Ice and Fire?
Do you agree?
If not – what are you waiting for?