It’s just not the same

I’ve been watching HBO’s Game of Thrones since the first episode —and with great enthusiasm. I love the books (I’m currently reading book five) and I love HBO so it should be a match made in heaven. But as I’ve been watching I’ve begun to notice I pay more attention to the differences between the books and the show rather than the actual plotlines. My focus always veers toward why Jeyne Westerling isn’t seducing Robb or that Theon Greyjoy’s sister is named Yara instead of Asha. I think this is a symptom of the limitations of telling a story with as wide a scope as A Song of Ice and Fire on television —even high budget cable like HBO. There’s still only so much that can be included. A lot needs to be sacrificed and compressed meaning that the viewer misses out on a lot.

And for someone like me, who devours every little piece of these books I’m left somewhat disappointed. Not even the superb acting of Peter Dinklage fully distracts me from the fact that he’s way too handsome to be Tyrion.

I hate to say it but the differences between the show and the books may eventually prevent me from watching.

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