I did it. I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones and, sadly, I shan’t be watching anymore.
Thanks for the effort, HBO, but watching your show didn’t give me the same amount of enjoyment as reading the books did. Everything just felt wrong to me; the characters, the settings and the dialogue all seemed out of sync somehow. As with other books that are adapted for the big or small screens, internal dialogue is a huge part of George Martin’s books and the context which that dialogue provides cannot easily be expressed visually.
Maybe the show gets better as it goes along. I don’t know, but I’d rather just wait for the next novel to come out.