I watched the first episode and a half of the HBO series Game of Thrones and decided to stop. I don’t care for the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s series. Are the scenery and effects top-notch? Yes. Are the performers giving their all? I think so. However, I think some of the more compelling characters–specifically, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen–start off on the wrong foot. Both of them have more pluck and less pout in the same scenes from the book. Also, Daenerys’s brother whined infinitely more in the book and appeared as an even bigger, wimpier prat. The Khal isn’t given quite the same shake, either. Daenerys’s life changes for the better because of the Khal. Although the Khal does buy her from her brother, he calms her and treats her with a measure of respect. In the show, he is more of a He-Man horse tamer, and she acquiesces but is not shown anything a viewer could call kindness.
The screenwriters and editors seem to try and match the quick cuts between characters and lands from the book, but on film I found the effect jarring. It added more tedium instead of accelerating the on-screen pacing.
Again, I only watched the first episode and a half. However, as a fan of the books, the fantasy or sci-fi genre, and a fan of period shows like The Tudors, I was disappointed. The hype let me down.
That’s okay. I’ll stick to my imagination and reading the books.