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    Quote Originally Posted by dbell1 View Post
    As far as Harry Potter goes, I was never a Ginny fan, so the ending was NOT my favorite either. It's bad when you're rooting for a death eater to take her out and leave the twins alone.


    I personally couldn't stand Ginny, so I'm right there with you.

    She was one of many factors that totally killed the magic of the series for me. Then again, I thought the whole thing went downhill after Book5, so I can hardly blame my entire disappointment on her.

    As for GoT, I have started reading the first book (for the first time ever ), and I'm really surprised how young the characters are in the books compared to the show. Jon is only 14!

    And I'm now a little disappointed the show decided to age most of the characters up, as I personally think it's a million times more interesting and dramatically fulfilling to read these characters as adolescents--especially in this world.

    I find Jon, for example, so much more compelling and...vulnerable?...in the books simply because he's still a boy trying to be man.

    The actor in the show looks 25 at least, so they've had to "mature" some of his actions/reactions in some key scenes, and in the context of the books, I think you lose something really important and special about the character.

    This is all 20/20 hindsight, of course. I thought the show was perfect as is, but naturally the books (as they do in most cases) add so much more.

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    I wouldn't say the actor in the show looks 25 personally, I'd say at least 19-20 though. He has managed to retain some youthful naivete

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    The thing about aging the characters for the show-I reconciled myself with it. Many of the "underage" characters in books have sex; it would just not be possible for HBO to film it if they stayed true to the actual ages. And once you age the young, you have to age the older generation.
    In the books everybody is soooo young. Tyrion is only 24, I think; Sercei and Jamie, Ned and Catelyn around 33.
    It is also mentioned in the books that people in their 40ies and 50ies are considered old in that world. It's very Middle- Ages with some magic (and I love that realistic aspect of the books)
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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    The thing about aging the charactersfor the show-I reconciled myself with it. Many of the "underage" characters in books have sex; it would just not be possible for HBO to film it if they stayed true to the actual ages.
    That's one reason for aging the characters. Another has to do with child labor laws: how many hours a day they can film, how many minders and tutors you have to have on set for them, etc. Another is finding child actors who can actually act at that age and do the work.

    There really was no choice but to age everyone up.

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    I am soooo loving this book. Some of my questions have been answered while others have popped up. It will be painful to wait for the last two books but I hope the success of the tv series will inspire the author to finish the series. Maybe in time I hope we can also have a prequel novel. There certainly seems to be enough background material for one.

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    Just caught up on all the episodes. The horsie lord is quite Great Stallion indeed. I haven't read the books yet--saving that for summer, but I'll be honest--I'll probably imagine them older in my head. I don't care how accurate it is, I don't want to read about kids 14/15 in those situations, and 13 year olds getting married.*

    What I love about this series so far is that every villain has a redeeming feature, except maybe Joffery, and every good guy has serious flaws. Even Less Blonde Chris and Cathy and More Blonde Chris. So far, my favorite characters are John Snow, Tyrion, Bran, Horsie Lord, More Blonde Cathy, and Arya.

    Like emason, I don't quite get the hate for Catelyn either. Her actions certainly aren't laudable, but they are very human. I can empathize with her and see where she's coming from, especially holding Lord Tyrion. Thinking be damned--she has from her point of view and that time period pretty strong evidence against him, and how ratioinal would you be if you had the opportunity to hold the person you think tried to kill your son? I'd have slaughtered him in that inn had I been Catelyn. I certainly don't find Boromir's actions to be any more noble than hers.

    Of the Mostly Good Guys, the one I can't stand is King Robert. If the Less Blondes do him in, well, I won't cry too much. So far, I'm hoping More Blonde Cathy joins forces with Arya and makes them all do their bidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post
    Just caught up on all the episodes. The horsie lord is quite Great Stallion indeed. I haven't read the books yet--saving that for summer, but I'll be honest--I'll probably imagine them older in my head. I don't care how accurate it is, I don't want to read about kids 14/15 in those situations, and 13 year olds getting married.*
    Yeah I'm almost thankful I saw the TV show first so that I didn't have to imagine these kids in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post

    What I love about this series so far is that every villain has a redeeming feature, except maybe Joffery, and every good guy has serious flaws. Even Less Blonde Chris and Cathy and More Blonde Chris. So far, my favorite characters are John Snow, Tyrion, Bran, Horsie Lord, More Blonde Cathy, and Arya.
    Sorry, but my aged gray cells are dying at an alarming rate, and I'm not following you - whom do you mean by Less Blonde Chris and More Blonde Chris?

    As for the characters, yes, indeed, this is not a black-and-white, good guys versus bad guys story; this is an all shades of gray story.

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    Sorry, I think I watched them too quickly in succession and cannot get their name straight. I'm still not sure who belongs to whom, so I've renamed them based on previous knowledge. More/Less Blonde Chris/Cathy is a reference to the VC Andrew series that features the incestuous twins Chris and Cathy who are also blonde. The More Blondes are the ones hanging out with the horse people. The Less Blondes hang out with the fat king and the Starks.

    I also don't even want to attempt to spell their names. I guess I could go back and look at this thread, but I didn't want to spoil myself while I decided whether I wanted to add yet another HBO show to my lineup. Since I have decided to watch them AND read the books, henceforth, I'll stop being lazy-cutsy with the names.
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    No problem, I get it now. Thanks - I've never read VC Andrews so didn't get the connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matryeshka View Post
    Sorry, I think I watched them too quickly in succession and cannot get their name straight. I'm still not sure who belongs to whom, so I've renamed them based on previous knowledge. More/Less Blonde Chris/Cathy is a reference to the VC Andrew series that features the incestuous twins Chris and Cathy who are also blonde. The More Blondes are the ones hanging out with the horse people. The Less Blondes hang out with the fat king and the Starks.

    I also don't even want to attempt to spell their names. I guess I could go back and look at this thread, but I didn't want to spoil myself while I decided whether I wanted to add yet another HBO show to my lineup. Since I have decided to watch them AND read the books, henceforth, I'll stop being lazy-cutsy with the names.

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    About Catelyn: For me she is one of the "good" characters that annoy me. Like Robert does for others. She has severe flaws like the way she treats Jon or the way she manipulates Ned to go to King's Landing (in the books, not the series) because she wants it for her children. But she is not nasty per se in most instances. I just find her often self-righteous when a lot of the bad things that happen have been due to her starting something like sending Ned away or taking the Imp or

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    Catelyn is one of my least favourite characters.

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    I´m kind of ambivalent with Catelyn

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    I´d love a prequel, too! All what happened and moved to the War of the Usurper, I love all those characters involved
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    These books have given me some of my more memorable quotes of all time example: (to the best of my memory.)

    1. "I have a soft spot for cripples, bastards and broken things."
    2. "Never forget who you are, for surely the world won’t. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you"
    3. "Rhaegar fought valiantly, Rhaegar fought nobly, Rhaegar fought honorably. And Rhaegar died."
    4. "Stick them with the pointy end"
    5. "We're children. We're supposed to be childish."
    6. "There is no creature on earth half so terrifying as a truly just man."
    7. "Never believe anything you hear in a song."
    8. "Do you have any notion what happens when a city is sacked, Sansa? No, you wouldn’t, would you? All you know of life you learned from singers, and there is such a dearth of good sacking songs."
    9. "Why is it always the innocents who suffer most, when you high lords play your game of thrones?"
    10. "My father was winning every battle while your father was hiding under a Casterly Rock!"

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    I broke down and bought the first four books on Kindle. Cause it's Thursday. I just skip over the ages. It's interesting having for once seen the show of a book first, because I really do picture all the characters saying the lines.

    Still in the very beginning on the Episode 1 part of the book, but I love the descriptions of Winterfell, and how they change to suit each character's perception. In Catelyn's part, it really is a cold and blasted, lifeless and grey, but to Bran, it sounds like a jolly good place to be with lots of avenues for mischief making.

    Viserys, btw, really is a nasty, deluded little worm.
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    Some rrreally good news about the show's ratings. :respect:
    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/05/10/ga...gs-rise-again/

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