So I’ve started reading the first book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Opening the book reveals the map of Westeros, which gives the book a fantasy feeling, very much in contrast with the more realistic feeling conveyed by the series.
As I read the chapters I saw a deep similarity to the scenes in the series; even the feelings get conveyed , for example in the way Gared and Will hate Ser Waymar Royce. Knowing the story from the series, I was always expecting the book to take a particular viewpoint and direction when telling a particular episode, but it always surprised me by taking a completely different approach. Pretty cool!
One thing that really surprised me was how everybody looks way older in the series than they really are in the book. You get to the part where Jon gets introduces and see he’s FOURTEEN? Not twenty-something? Even Robb looks way older. As do Ned Stark and his wife, who are supposed to be in their thirties by seem to be more in the late fifties. Of course, people in the middle ages aged faster, but still.
I also realise the gripe people have with the direwolves as portrayed in the series. The book describes the deal direwolf mother as being bigger than a pony. I finally also go the meaning of the stag antler having killed the direwolf, with Rob’s house being represented by a stag. I did feel that in many cases, the series failed to explain the more detailed feelings and nuances of the series, which sometimes leads to confusion when the scene changes suddenly and you have NO clue what is going on.
It was nice to get more details on the Targeryen history, especially Daenerys.
I also really wish they’d gotten an uglier dwarf!!
Overall I’ve enjoyed reading the book, and appreciate its differences even more after having seen the series.
Now back to the book!!