Game of Thrones is hard to see

My Opinion: Reading Game of Thrones is not worth it

"I love Game of Thrones," says fudder author Sarah Wenzel. And because she loves Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister so much, she has now read the Game of Thrones books - because books are known to be better than the film adaptations. Then why Sarah didn't like the books at all:

Game of Thrones rocks. A fantastic epic, embedded in the world of Westeros, blood flows, the covers fall in almost every episode, dragons roast evil sorcerers alive. Fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the next episode, and teachers who read the books before it was cool are blackmailing their classes with spoilers.

GoT has everything that is chewed through again and again in every fantasy and superhero film and that makes the material a blockbuster time and again: a noble hero, a torn antihero, the bad guys, of course in the majority, with a multitude of unrevealed, gloomy ones Secrets, and a plot with unexpected twists that leave the viewer alternately cheering and devastated.

According to the much-cited wisdom, according to which the book is always better than the film adaptation, the books would have to tear the reader off their feet and take them on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, on which they can hardly distinguish between laughing and crying.

You don't do it.

George R.R. Martin's trilogy starts out promising, but boredom sets in after the first few pages. What are sharp dialogues, quick, tortuous actions and breathtaking landscapes on screen become surprise attacks in the book that announce themselves three pages in advance and dialogues that, interrupted by the constant reflection of the characters, make the reader desperate search for quotation marks.

Detailed descriptions of weapons, coats of arms, wolves, horses, buildings, clothing and landscapes ensure that you can tell from the look who belongs to which house. The prerequisite for this would be to remember the names and relationships of the ruling houses, their history and the government strategies of the individual rulers.

Unfortunately, however, the brain switches to self-defense mode at the latest after the third banner sworn in the house, which is in an old dispute with a ruling dynasty from mythical times. And you turn the page back to read the imprint to find out who the murdered character was actually related to.

Thank goodness there are still ice zombies and dragons to bring us back to the safe reality of Westeros and make us believe that the world is very simple after all, with the bad baddies far north. Until the character we thought was the main character is killed and it becomes clear that we have to fight our way through the next 200 pages to find out who is. And just don't ask why!

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