I’m always hesitant about getting too excited for movies or TV shows based on books I’ve read. It happens way too often that they turn out so disappointing and/or completely unlike the book. Maybe if you’re lucky it will turn out exactly as you imagined, but I don’t think I’ve ever really had that. So I’m curious to see how the new HBO tv series Game of Thrones turns out…

It’s based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin, and it’s turned into one of my favourite fantasy series over the years. And it is, I think, one of the most suited books to turn into a TV show. It’s practically a costume drama, but set in a world we don’t know, and without the usual fantasy trappings of elves, dwarves and annoying stuff like that. There’s quite a intricate story with (if I remember correctly) 3 different story lines set in 3 different cities for the first season. And lots of political manipulations, backstabbing and muuuurder.

Here’s the latest trailer:

A lot of the characters look spot on and I’m liking the tone of the show. The series premiere is April the 17th, and I can’t wait to see how the show does. It might have a bit of a hurdle to get over to attract “normal” people to it, but I think it could do very well.

The first book of the series A Game of Thrones is on Amazon for only £5. I never know though in these situations what to recommend: read the book first or wait for the TV series?