“Game of Thrones” Season 6 is no longer relaying on George R.R. Martin’s books for the plot. Will it be the other way around then? Will the TV show ruin George R.R. Martin’s thought processes and writing prowess, pressuring him to write according to what is happening on TV? Fans of the books will certainly be angry!
According to Forbes, Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series has gained a large fan base ever since the first book was published in 1996. With the periodic book release now spanning two decades, many readers have no doubt invested a large chunk of their lives following it.
The sheer popularity of the books has led HBO to create a show based on them titled ‘Game of Thrones’ from the title of the first book in the series. Now, in a case of creating an uncontrollable monster, the series has now overtaken the books and threatens to spoil the story for its readers.
After relying less and less on the books for plot materials, the series has finally detached itself from the source and has entered the unwritten territory. With the 6th book way behind schedule compared to the 6th season of the series many fear that the story is going to be ruined for those who follow the books.
Even if miraculously, Martin does release a sixth book as fast as he can, judging from the time between each release a seventh book would not be published long after the show is over.
There is, however, some good news for book readers who have invested so much in the printed version of the show. The story of the series is now far from those of the books and now comprises entirely different events.
It is better to see both the show and the books as two different retellings of the events in Westeros. With many pivotal characters that were killed off in the series still alive in the books, there is a possibility to create a completely different story from those that unfolded in the upcoming texts.
With many differing details, it is now difficult to say which is spoiled and which isn’t as far as the books are concerned. It would be a better idea to watch “Game of Thrones” and treat it as something completely different and at the same time wait anxiously for the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Earlier this year, George R.R. Martin has wrote on his personal blog that he can feel the pressure to finish the books and apologized because he cannot finish the books quickly. In a post to his personal blog, Martin wrote, “My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me.”