“Game of Thrones” (1996) vs. Game of Thrones (2011)


Unfortunately, I read Game of Thrones after I already watched the show. So, there wasn’t anything that I didn’t expect. Nevertheless! The first season follows the book almost to a tee. The dialogue is the same, the locations are obviously the same, and they almost have the character descriptions to a tee as well. Frankly, the show even follows the book down to the right points-of-view. Each chapter goes from each character, from Eddard Stark to Arya, from Daenerys to Sansa Stark, it just goes on.

The only tricky part that I was hung up on is the part where Daenerys Targaryan meets Khal Drogo. In the novel, they’re passionate from the beginning. Dany seems hesitant, but she knows that marrying Drogo is what she has to do for her family. Then, in the show, it comes off as though Drogo is forcing himself on her. As though she didn’t want to be in the situation her brother put her into. The whole switch-up seems misleading, and I kind of wished that the show didn’t only twist that for the shock factor of it.

Then there was another situation with Dany and Drogo that was eerily similar, but it took quite a turn. If you haven’t watched or read Game of Thrones, then you might want to skip the following paragraph:

When Drogo died in the show, it was sad. It was very, very sad and hard to get through, but reading the actual scene was heartbreaking. The details that Martin threw together just created a more devastating outlook on how Drogo was diminishing. He made sure to dig deep into the reader’s chest and just straight up crush them – and this is coming from somebody who isn’t affected easily by romances or sappy writing.

IMG_3199.jpgOkay, you’re safe again. Anyway, Game of Thrones is a masterpiece through-and-through, and even though it took me a while to get into, it’s definitely something I’ll continue to recommend to anyone who’s interested. Especially since now, my husband and I have matching tattoos that are based off of Drogo and Dany’s relationship (on the left). Needless to say, the series is full of originality, fantasy, and a lot of gore and sex scenes (mostly in season one), but if you love cool accents, fighting, and a lot of family drama – it’s definitely for you.

Book summary: In A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


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