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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
By Game of Thrones
#2 in TV
4.86 / 5 based on 9678 Reviews
Dana W.
Somerville, MA
55 reviews

Would you recommend reading the books before watching the show?

Tiffany D.
Tiffany D.
Olive Branch , MS
2 years, 7 months ago
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Pop Culture Expert Level 3
You could go either way. The show will help you put faces to the many, many character names and they're different enough that you won't know everything that's coming.
Shelby D.
Shelby D.
Warren, MI
3 years, 8 months ago
Read the books first if you are patient. If you're not, I think you'll be okay regardless. The show and the books are alike enough that the gist of the story is the same. The differences are fairly minor when it comes down to it.
Nida S.
Nida S.
Anaheim, CA
3 years, 10 months ago
Reading the books will give you background on the characters and help you keep the enormous cast straight in your head. Also, the show doesn't follow the books entirely (but I like where they've taken it), and many fans anticipate the show going in its own direction in at least some story lines. Also, reading the books will help you get a better understanding and/or appreciation of some of the stuff that goes on, why it happened, and what characters were doing/thinking/feeling when it happened. That being said, the show can be enjoyed very thoroughly as a stand-alone thing. In conclusion, I'd say read the books if you want to go really in depth into the story and see specifically in which ways the show is different from the books. It's a huge time sink to read all the books, but I loved it!
Nicole B.
Nicole B.
Pine Bush, NY
3 years, 10 months ago
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Pop Culture Expert Level 3
The books. Personally, I watched the first two seasons first then read the books while it was on hiatus. The books are always better first though because the show leaves stuff out or changes things
Felicia E.
Felicia E.
West Monroe, LA
4 years, 2 months ago
The books, always the books. They are amazing, like blow your mind amazing. There are a lot of little subtle differences that you don't get watching the show that you get in the books. For exampl you learn a lot more in the books about Ron and his gift and his two new traveling companions than you do in the TV series. While it works in the show in the book you get a more in depth look and feel for his fears and his determination. Also you'll have the joy of maybe being done before the show is finally done. There are six books now and I think 2-3 more to come. They are only on season 3 which is just half of book 3. Season 4 will be the other half and then Season 5-7 will be a weird combination of books 4 and 5. And with the way these shows end you are going to want to know what happens next.
Danielle G.
Danielle G.
Saint Paul, MN
4 years, 3 months ago
I like to watch the show first, so I have that intense suspense each week wondering what is going to happen!!! Then between seasons I read the book.
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4 years, 3 months ago
Seriously, I don't know... Maybe the series first?

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