Geekology: Book or Movie…oh hell, I’m watching Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones showSo the question is: Book or Movie? Or in the case of Game of Thrones, book or TV show? I’ve just started watching the new season. Luckily, I haven’t read the books and don’t know who dies…other than those who have already died on the show, which is right many. Since I haven’t read the books yet, I’m asking those of you who have: which you like better, the books or the show?Game of Thrones book

I’d started reading the Harry Potter books before the first movie came out. I loved the first movie because it brought Hogwarts, such a magical place, to life. It wasn’t until Goblet of Fire that I got really annoyed with how much of the book was left out of the movie, plus the movie still dragged. So in this case, I think the books are better but that the movies aren’t far behind. I actually love how much shorter the “extended camping trip” seemed in Deathly Hallows Part 1 vs. how long it seemed to take in the book!

Geek memeHunger Games is another series where I’ve really enjoyed the movies and not yet read the book. Thirty lashes! I’ve just got so much in my TBR pile! Anyway, with the lovely cliff-hanger ending of Catching Fire, I might have to read the books while waiting for the third movie! What are your thoughts?

Then there’s movie novelizations, books that are written after the movie or TV show and are basically a retelling. Think back to the late 70s and early 80s…if you were born then…VCRs and Betamax may have been around but not necessarily did everyone have them (darned expensive when they first came out). I recall my family occasionally renting both player and VHS tapes in the early-80s. It took us a while to get our own, so novelizations and the 45 records with storybooks (remember those?) were great ways to relive the movies if they hadn’t been rerun on TV yet. Not really better than the movie, but kept those characters alive in your head. I’m thinking of Star Wars and Indiana Jones books and such, because I didn’t discover Doctor Who until the reboot, but I’d say Who books are prolific examples of novelizations. There are many original Who novels, but many of the Target books were stories based on the TV episodes.

Web of FearHere’s an awesome list of Who books.Divergent books

Meanwhile, since I now work in a bookstore and the books in the Divergent series have been selling like crazy, I’m asking customers if they’ve seen the movie, too. Frequently the answer is, no, I’m going to read the books first. That’s nice to hear 🙂


A Twisted MagickShara Lanel is an obsessive TV viewer, book collector, and Whovian. She also writes steamy, suspenseful romance. Her latest book, A TWISTED MAGICK, is available at Ellora’s Cave.


4 thoughts on “Geekology: Book or Movie…oh hell, I’m watching Game of Thrones

  1. My son has read the Game of Thrones books until they’re falling apart (same as he did with the Harry Potter series) and is hooked on the show. I haven’t read either but have watched both as TV show/movies so can’t offer an opinion. Generally, I think people tend to prefer whatever they experience first (although there are always exceptions!). I saw “Grease” on Broadway before the movie was made, and have never liked the movie version. The most recent version of “The Great Gatsby,” though, I think was true to the book, including some dialog, and I really enjoyed it.

  2. Okay, pet peeve, how come when someone creates a fantasy world like Game of Thrones, why do they use contemporary curse words, contemporary sex styles, etc.??? It ruins it for me, And yes, I know I sound like I’m an old woman because I am one.
    I loved the Hobbit trilogy in film though, and read it more than once as a teen.

    • I get annoyed by things like that, too, Elvy. Sometimes I think, though, if they were to really speak like the people of those times, we wouldn’t be able to follow it! About a year ago I read the diary of a young woman in the Civil War. Even 160 (or so) years ago, it seemed so foreign…although part of that might have been because she was from the south. 🙂 (So sorry, couldn’t help myself!!) Seriously, the language was much more stilted, at least in written form. So I think the author/screenwriter/producer have to walk a fine line between authentic and what modern audiences might find difficult to follow.

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