One of the things that Daenerys haters who have read the books love to say to the show watchers (to convince them to join their ranks I guess?) is that the show version is an “ideolized version” of the character, that the show writers “whorship” her and that in the books she is much worse and it is utterly untrue!
The show removed a lot of Daenerys’ kindness, her intelligence and political mind, as well as her emotions. The true Daenerys is softer, sweeter, brighter (without mentioning ten years younger) and her so called “questionable actions” are few in the novels. In fact, the only “questionable” thing I can think of is when she agreed to allow one of her advisors in Meereen to use torture on the only witness/suspect they had following the torture and slaughter of dozens of innocent people. But even that part - which is the darkest moment in Daenerys story - was made worse on the show, where she gave two Masters to be devoured to her dragons.
In the second novel, Daenerys never said the “when my dragons are grown we will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground” speech. She wasn’t insisting that the merchants of Qarth have to give her ships, she never locked up Doreah and Xaro Xhoan Daxos in a room to die of starvation, she didn’t plunder the city (not that I have a problem with show Daenerys about it, but she did not do that in the books). Doreah died in the Red Waste in Daenerys’ arms, and she gave her her last water although Doreah was dying and they were in a desert without provisions.
In the third novel, Daenerys didn’t enjoy the sack of Astapor and her quote was not “all men must die but we are not men” but “all men must die,
but not for a long while, we may pray.” She really wanted to forgive Jorah despite his betrayal but his behavior towards her is what made her banish him (he was insisting that he did no wrong and that she had to forgive him, and that in front of others) - and even after he was gone, she thought a lot of him and wished for him to find happiness back on his Bear Island.
In the fifth novel, Daenerys is the one who is compromising and navigating in the very complex political situation of Meereen. She is the one trying to negotiate with the former slavers and slaves. She never ordered one of her followers to be decapitated, and she never let her dragons eat the Masters. It is not Drogon who rescued her from the Sons of the Harpy, but she who ran toward him to help him after Hizdahr’s men tried to kill him. She didn’t fly away leaving her friends behind in danger, she and Drogon were the only ones in direct danger and she needed to protect him from harm - besides it was the very first time she rode a dragon and did not know how to control him.
Book Daenerys loves to hug children, kisses people on the cheeks, smiles and laughs and has a great sense of humor, doesn’t say things like “I am a Queen not a politician” and does not need men around her to restrain her from using dragonfire - it is actually the other way around. Everyone of her advisors in the fifth book wanted her to use dragons to burn her enemies but Daenerys was insisting to negotiate and build peace without using force.
I love show Dany, but book Daenerys is amazing and anyone who tries to claim that the show version is “overhyped” or “whitewashed” or “idolized” compared to the real, canon version is a liar.
You know what I kinda want?. I want Ghost to instantly fall in love with Daenerys and start to follow her around and Jon be like “You traitor” and maybe one of the dragons instantly click with Jon and just start listen to him and Daenerys is like “I can’t believe this”. Just imagine like both Drogon (or any of the other dragons) and Ghost kinda switch owners and follow them around listening to them, protecting them, loving them….Gah! Someone needs to write this or I will!
Mother of dragons, Daenerys thought. Mother of monsters. What have I unleashed upon the world? A queen I am, but my throne is made of burned bones, and it rests on quicksand. Without dragons, how could she hope to hold Meereen, much less win back Westeros? I am the blood of the dragon, she thought. If they are monsters, so am I.
You get a Dracarys, and you get a Dracarys and everybody gets a Dracarys!
Cersei: What did you hope for? To make Jon Snow to submit to your queen? Tyrion: Mmm, not like this. Cersei: But eventually you want everyone to bend the knee to her. Tyrion: Yes. Cersei: Why? Tyrion: Because I think she can make the world a better place. Cersei: You said she’d destroy King’s Landing. Tyrion: She knows herself. She chose an advisor who would check her worse impulses instead of feeding them. That’s the difference between you.
“You said she’d destroy King’s Landing” – Look at his face after she says that:
Tyrion is having doubts about which side he’s on. The entire conversation with Cersei about family confirmed that.
ALSO TYRION. What the actual fuck. The difference between Danville and Cersei is that…the former chose a better advisor? That’s not very encouraging. Not a ringing endorsement at all.
So that means the entire fate of Westeros depends on Tyrion’s ability to reign her in AND her ability to listen to him. Which she hasn’t been doing much of lately.