When I first watched the Harry Potter movies, whenever I would ask a question or for clarification about something, someone would inevitably yell at me, “Just read the books!!” (I eventually did.)
On the other hand, whenever I criticize “Game of Thrones” or point out its many internal inconsistencies, I am told to just shut up or stop watching.
I suppose part of that has to do with the fact that more people have read the Harry Potter books than ASOIAF (understandably I guess…. no shade to HP, but it’s certainly a much easier reading experience). But even still, it amazes me the amount of vitriol aimed at ASOIAF book-readers, as if we’re being completely unreasonable. After my first binge-watch of the show, I was certainly aware of the criticisms from book-readers, but I figured that was par for the course – ALL adaptations get their share of flack, it comes with the territory. And I avoided reading the books for so long because I didn’t want to become “that guy”; I wanted to hold on to my experience with the show and not allow the books to color my perception. But then, when I began to do more research on my favorite characters (Sandor and Sansa), I realized how much I was missing…. or rather, how much the show was missing. And that’s why I decided to read the books. And lo and behold, I realized that all the disgruntled readers were actually totally justified in their outrage.
What makes it even more frustrating is the total lack of respect for how much the books & characters mean to me and therefore how personally upsetting the show is. When Sansa’s Rape™ aired, there were people who were so quick to jump on me and justify why it was “okay”. They were TELLING ME THAT I SHOULD BE OKAY WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS GETTING RAPED. Or that I should just “accept” it, cuz what are ya gonna do. Like, how insensitive is that?? Whether or not you actually feel that way is besides the point – can you at least show a little courtesy in not immediately trying to stomp all over my legitimate feelings about this just because YOU don’t think it’s a big deal?? How is it that Star Wars fans are allowed to be mad over the fact that George Lucas changed his own canon to make Han not shoot first, but I’m not allowed to be mad that a couple of greedy producers raped one of my favorite literary characters on their TV show adaptation for no logical reason? (Incidentally, the arguments for both controversies do not stem from a change in events but from a change in the central character’s core values and development!!)
Sorry for the rant, but I’m just so sick and tired of being treated like I’m overreacting and that I should just shut up and accept the show for what it is, when even it’s OWN INTERNAL LOGIC doesn’t exist!!! I mean, if you are okay with that, if your own standards and expectations do not extend beyond “ZOMG DRAGONS!!” or “HOLY SHIT I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED!!”, and if you truly believe that what you witnessed in Season 5 is not only acceptable but even SUPERIOR to the books… well, then, congrats, you are the exact person that D&D are writing for now. Who needs logic and consistency anyway, right?