Where am I in the race to catch up to the HBO series with the written series by mater fiction writer George R. R. Martin? I finished book two this September and have been putting off writing a review—In my mind I was busy fighting nazi cat ghosts with ninja stars but in reality I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do with myself after having graduated. I had planned on teaching English in China but the job fell through; eh it’s a long and boring story. So what has gotten me out of my writing and reading slump? NaNoWriMo! Anyone who knows my writing habits can guess how hard it is for me to not revise while I write and just produce words, but I’m overcoming it. A little bit; sometimes those nazi cat ghosts have to be thwarted first! Of course I owe a lot of my out-of-the-slump-ness to the advice of some close friends. You know who you are and I thank you.
And thus begins a very overdue book review…
There’s no doubt that the written series overshadows the HBO series, which is best when it follows the books to the letter, but what is different in this book from the television show? Of course little changed as far as the plot—or the show wouldn’t be called Game of Thrones—but some details were different.
I am not invested as some fans out there who know more about the differences, but I did notice the big ones. I noticed that the Arya in the books is a lot more bad ass than the Arya on the show. On the show she talks a big game, but is easily put down. In the books her and a group of children the same age were able to kill several of Lord Tywin Lannister’s men before they were captured. I also noticed that in the show, Jojen and Meera Reed were introduced a lot later than in the books. In the books, the Reeds were in Winterfell when Theon Greyjoy took over.