The New Game of Thrones Trailer Is a Lot More Exciting to Those Who've Read the Book

Any time new Game of Thrones information hits the web, I send out a volley of links to all my pals, prefaced with "OMG," "Holy s***!," or the ever-versatile "Ahhhhhhhhh!" But this time, after seeing HBO's latest tease for the upcoming fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's books and blasting out the link, I received a surprising reply from an equally geek-minded friend: "Not really into it."

"Not really into it?" What!? Then it hit me. There's one major difference between the two of us: I am a huge fan of the book, and he hasn't ever opened the cover. It must be incredibly difficult for those who haven't read it to understand the anticipation felt by those of us who have, and a video featuring unfamiliar characters sitting on a pointy chair probably doesn't help things. As for me, I nearly passed out from jubilation after watching the minute-long video.



LOOK AT THE IRON THRONE! It's even better-looking than I imagined! Of course, those who haven't read the books don't know the difference between the throne in this trailer and the one in their bathroom. Nor can they appreciate hearing Tyrion Lannister boast of his wits over his swordplay, Littlefinger praising someone for not trusting him, or King Robert Baratheon preferring to instill fear instead of inspiring honor as a means of ruling the land.

This trailer may not display the impressive scale of the show that will draw in newbies to the world of Westeros (early reports of The Wall are glowing), but it aptly gets straight to the heart of the book: the promise of power and the way it corrupts character. Game of Thrones (the book) isn't driven by sorcerers' spells, giant castles, and whatever else comes from the imagination of a guy who was thrown into lockers in high school (though I'm not sure Martin could have ever fit in a locker); it's an engaging, character-driven story that could just as easily take place in modern times. It has the potential to bring fantasy even further into the collective mainstream, and that's why you'll see more and more fans of the show coming out of the woodwork over the next few months.

Are you going to read the book before HBO starts airing the series in April?


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Em, am afraid am going with the 'am not really into it' crowd
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read it, nowz!!!

at least the first one...
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Part of me wants to read the book before the series starts, and part of me doesnt.
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I havent read it, but I thought the most recent teaser was the best one yet!
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I have read the books and it would seem HBO will deliver what I have imagined the book to be. This will be one awesome tv series! Can't wait to watch it!
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I haven't read the book, but I am so terribly excited for the show. And every trailer makes it look even more awesome!
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@ writerpatrick: re-read your comment. Might have gotten that wrong. But I think it will bring in more fans who haven't read the book than LotS. It's really an amazing story...
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@respectfully disagreeing with you, writerpatrick. Only because HBO has so much street cred. about a month or two from now, Game of Thrones (the book) will be in the hands of all sorts of people. I honestly think it's about to explode into the mainstream. But I do agree with you on fans of the series being disappointed, that's just the nature of the beast. Plus, I think 10 hours isn't nearly enough time to translate it to the screen.
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I have a feeling it's going to meet with the same sort of reception that Legend of the Seeker got. There's going to be a lot of fans of the books who are disappointed at how the TV series turned out. Although there's the danger of going the other way as well and the producers expecting that those who watch the show will have read the books, thus making it too complicated to follow for those who haven't read the books.
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Yeesh that ad was a little too Big Love-ish but yeah the Iron Throne looks great. And painful.
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I have never read the books and I can't wait for the show to start. I think I will read the books so I can understand the show better.
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I meant 300 pages left in A Storm of Swords, my bad
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Oh yeah, and that trailer was weird as hell, but I'm so psyched either way. and to comment on some things I read below.... I can't speak to AGOT's popularity in other countries, but I agree with gem-in-eye, knights and lords are as British as Austin Powers is annoying... Also, as the series progresses, so do the fantasy elements.// In regards to the younger characters like Daenerys, Bran, and Sansa- they are older than the book, which is fine by me. If you read the books, you get why.// and people need to stop comparing LOTR to this series. They are both fantasy, I'll give you that, but LOTR is rated pg. ASOIAF is rated NC17 at the least. Apples and sexy violent oranges, I say.
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Ok Big time Timmy Jim, about 300 pages left in Clash of Kings, and I have to say OMFG. I LOVE these books. Although I am preemptively disappointed that Feast for Crows is half a storyline and supposedly not as good as the first 3 (as someone commented below). and I really feel for the people waiting for 'A Dance with Dragons' for almost 6 years now. George infinite exponent R Martin better get his $hitt together and finish this series though. He still has 2 more books after ADWD and it's taking him forever to write that one and still no publication date has been announced.
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My girlfriend who couldn't get into the books said that this teaser was interesting and wants to watch the series with me. That says a lot about this teaser's appeal to the viewers that haven't opened the novels.
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I have already read the books. the first three are fantastic, Feast of Crows, however was poor in my opinion. Definately excited to see this though.



For those who have not read the books for require something to compare the series to. Game make LOTR look like a kindergarden play fight. This book is very graphic, not just with violence but with sexual imagery. I am glad its on HBO, as if it were a network show it would be spoiled.
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my only concern is how the show deals with all the young characters. I just hope they don't tone down the violence, sex and over all nastiness of the book because in todays world the young are much more protected then back then, I mean the dragon queen, forget her name , is pretty young and well, I guess you'd have to read the books to know what I'm talking about.
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more of an American thing? Maybe if it was about cowboys and the poor miss-named Indians, last time I checked they where fighting for throwns and backstabbing everyone ect. in Europe. The books are universal and although I'm sure those who don't read them will be able to follow the plot, reading them will make it better, let you get straight into the crazyness of the story rather then having to puzzle it out for a few episodes...you must not be a fan of LOTR or The Wheel of Time which I hope they turn into a t.v. show someday cause that would rock
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Totally want to read the book! I'm so excited for this show :DD
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And watching that trailer did nothing to change my mind, yawn-arama.
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Nope, I think this book is mainly an American thing never heard of either the book or the author. I like my fantasy with plenty of fantasy elements, character driven pieces can be set in other genres IMO.
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