>>7311859 Maybe for the first few because they are so horribly loyal to the books, they are just the books on screen which is really the style they were written in. After that, they're not really comparable in my opinion to be honest famille.
I read the first three books and am up to date on the show, and I feel like they work much better as a TV show. The way Martin writes can be confusing and seems muddled, like there's a ton of minor characters that only appear a couple of times each,, yet he'll go to great lengths to describe their backstories and other kinda irrelevant details about them.
As far as fantasy novels go, they're different than your run-of-the-mill fantasy. I'd guess they fall into a subcategory of "political fantasy" as they're more about intrigue than your average knights and magic-themed fantasy.
Overall I wouldn't recommend them to someone asking for a god fantasy novel, but they're solid and they show is really really good.
>>7311232 What's the point of this thread don't you just fucking read shit if you want to know if it's good or not? >Do the faggot anons who trick people into thinking they are good judges of literature aprove of this so i can make up my mind whether i like it or not?
I would say that without a doubt. The books are decent for the kind of fantasy they are. I wouldn't waste my time reading them though simply due to the length.
The show is very well made (though not always well written) and the main thing holding them is that they are based on a sprawling mess of a novel series. Most of the butt hurt you see written about it is from people that enjoyed the books - which aren't very well written. So you can disregard their opinion.
They are worth a read. The show is also amazing, but the people on /r/asoiaf will chop your dick off if you say otherwise. The narrative becomes a fucking mess by book 4 and everything is left unfinished, and the show tried its hardest to work around that while planning ahead because it's going to finish in the next 3 years.
Hopefully they do Jaime's Riverrun arc justice in Season 6.
Don't fal for the >genre fiction lit meme, those people are usualy massive autistic faggots, enjoy the books. They are decent fantasy in a sea of shit.
I mostly read literary fiction but I still enjoyed the ASOIAF books. Martin writes much better characters than most genre writers. The story isn't completely vacuous either; there are actually some notable themes propelling the whole saga.
Re. the show, I didn't like it at all. The showrunners essentially ironed over all of the nuances that make the books good, and the dialogue, which is one of the strong points of the book series, becomes totally stilted. There are some real bad actors in the show too.
They're good as far as genre fiction goes, but that's not saying much since so much fantasy fiction is terrible.
Martin's prose and choice of language can be very cringeworthy (see: almost every sex scene) but he does a great job of creating a living, breathing fantasy universe. Most of the characters are well-written and very complex, and I appreciate his attempts to subvert almost all typical fantasy tropes and cliches.
That being said the last two books were a complete clusterfuck and the show is absolute garbage
>>7311232 I'd say great by contemporary fantasy standards, but George Martin is a better story teller than he is a writer. If you like fantasy they definitely are for you, but if you're not into the genre it will not change your mind.
Holy crap I always thought the show was an OK adaption, but these pics really make you see how much better the books are. In the show runners' defense, the story HAD to be dumbed down if they were ever going to survive.
Nah, they're not that good, the first two are boring, the third one is acceptable, and the last two start sucking again big time. The author can't write for shit, he's formulaic and gets fixated with the most useless details. Still he created a neat, although not original, setting. There are also a few good characters, like Jaimie for example.
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