***Warning – Grump Alert**
Just over 10 years ago a friend of mine was pestering me about reading a book that he had read and thought I should try. He had previously recommended Neuromancer which I loved and so knowing that his tastes were in synch with my own I picked up a copy of A Game of Thrones. I loved it. I went out and bought all the available sequels and then waited for the next one. The story, characters and world were amazingly rich and detailed and I felt like Westeros was a real place full of intrigue, betrayal and fantasy where heroes are hard to come by and where greed is second only to survival.
One day I was thinking to myself on the way to work that it would make a great TV programme. The whole thing was too complex for a 2 hour film but given the time in a TV serial all those charcters and storylines could be done the justice they deserved. Somebody at HBO must have been thinking the same thing because a year or so later the first series was commissioned and 3 years later it is one of the most anticipated and successful shows on TV.
I was excited about the prospect of seeing my favourite books on my TV but not being a Sky customer I didn’t watch the series and decided to wait for a DVD release. In the meantime Game of Thrones fandom got bigger and bigger. Praise flooded in from mainstream reviews and friends comments, everybody loved this TV programme with it’s rich and detailed story, characters and world. Wait that sounds familiar. Oh, that’s right, I know because I read the fucking books.
In papers, on TV, on billboards and in magazines I see images of the characters and they are slowly chipping away at the fantasy world I had built in my mind. Each stunningly created image from the latest episode is draining away my love for a series that I have enjoyed and lived in for 10 years or so. So while I am pleased that more and more people are getting to enjoy this fantastic epic, it is not the one that I know and it is slowly overwriting my personal world.
I guess what I am trying to say is, be careful what you wish for.