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Old 04-25-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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I love the books, and wondered whether anyone was watching the HBO series.
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I love the books, and wondered whether anyone was watching the HBO series.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:43 AM   #3
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I didn't get it, what's mint?
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That's slang for good, awesome...
What do you think of it?
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LOL, never heard that one before.

I think it is as good as a fan of the books can possibly hope for, sure I can nitpick (Jon looks clueless at times, and some epic lines are missing), but they are doing a great job - casting is great.

The actress playing Arya is fantastic.
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Yeah, there's an interesting plot, more blood than Kleybanova's sweat and incest. The whole thing is a mixture of "Lord of the rings" and softcore porn, what's not to like?
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I don't know whether you've read the books, but it is very, very far from the lord of the rings. The porn was included in the books, in fact - much more so. It's a very cruel, yet realistic world Martin has described, sex and blood are a part of it.
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The cast is almost perfect. Except for Catelyn Stark and Cercei. Mischelle is to old and to ugly to play Catelyn.
On the other hand, Lena is not sexy enough, neither she looks evil to play Cercei.
The kids are great and Arya is super cute.
And,yes,John looks like emo kid.
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I don't know whether you've read the books, but it is very, very far from the lord of the rings. The porn was included in the books, in fact - much more so. It's a very cruel, yet realistic world Martin has described, sex and blood are a part of it.
I haven't read them. But, while the map and the storyline (so far) look like a slightly changed English and European history, it has dragons and monsters in it. In that way, it reminds me of LOTR. Of course, Sean Bean helps.
About the porn, I know it has to be realistic but come on, the guy was doggying his twin sister.
The viewer's guide is excellent. http://viewers-guide.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/#!/map/
They could make a great game out of this.
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I don't know whether you've read the books, but it is very, very far from the lord of the rings. The porn was included in the books, in fact - much more so. It's a very cruel, yet realistic world Martin has described, sex and blood are a part of it.
I watched the first installment.

Really can't agree with you on the "realistic world" description.
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I wasn't clear. Realistic in terms of the times the series is suppose to be based in - only royal blood mattered, women are treated as property, children are wedded-off for power, bastards do not inherit, women do not inherit, people are sometimes helpless to change their destiny. And as far as how Martin handles his character - lets just say that it isn't Harry Potter nor it is the lord of the rings, a lot less innocent, the characters are much more complex, don't know if you can see it on the show, but it is very clear in the books.

As for the incest, yes - the queen is sleeping with her twin brother. In the books, their relationship is at the heart of the plot (at least in season 1). It's destructive and all consuming - and a lot more than just the sex. Hopefully they can address it properly on the show, as well.

The magical and supernatural is a very small part of ASOISF (a song of ice and fire, the head title for the entire series)
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In one hour-long program there were at least two rapes, twenty women naked from the top up (several completely naked), one blatant sex scene and several partially obscured scenes.
I sat on the couch next to my husband with my face burning (which has never happened to me). He said the show was pornographic and confusing. He never read the books.

The books are not for children, and on HBO I expected sex, violence and swearing. But the level they took it to, detracted from the plot of the story.
Several of my friends that I asked to watch this texted me stating how confused they are over the shifting scenes, and large amount of cast members that were barely introduced.
Other shows that I have watched and loved on HBO did not have this large amount of sex.
Even Sex and the City.
I will watch one more episode but if it was anything like last night's then I give up!


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I have read all books that have come out so far from the franchise and I have watched 2 episodes that have come out of the HBO series.

I agree with the OP that HBO have done a great work with the series. They have come as close to the books as possible for a TV show and the casting and directing are fantastic. I think they have found the right actors for all characters.

I don’t agree with the poster who said that the actress who plays Catelyn is old and ugly. Man, they are living in a cruel world in times without cosmetic which preserves youthful look, plastic surgery, special cosmetics facial masks etc. She has given birth to 5 children how do you want her to look? She isn’t ugly she has the look and dignity that is expected from Catelyn. For me the actress is good to play that role. And about Cersei – she doesn’t need to look evil she have to be evil. And she is. How much sexy do you want her to look? The actress is attractive enough without being vulgar, they could have cast a model but would she be capable of good acting as well? I doubt it.
As for the incest – it has been natural for Egyptian, Roman and many other cultures. Why is anyone wondering about this in the movie? Besides incest has always been a centuries long norm in the home of Targaryens, too.

Jon Snow is all right. Yeah, sometimes he looks lost but this is how he looked in the book, too. And what are you expecting from a boy, 17-18 years old, being the lord’s bastard.

I like the series very much and I think HBO should pick it up for 2nd season.
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They already did.
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I love it, fascinating show, I'm hooked after just two episodes. Debating whether to start reading the books now or wait until the end of the season. I don't want to be spoiled or starting looking for mistakes and omissions in the adaptations, but I've heard nothing but good things about the series.

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Agreed, I think she's become my favourite character so far (meanwhile, I want to strangle Sansa )
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