Poll: When Did You Discover Game of Thrones?


martin-stormhboGame of Thrones.

HBO has a winner on its hands.

But they are not the only one with a winner. George R. R. Martin, his worldwide book publishers, even bookstores are reaping the benefit of a well-constructed television series. The books are some of the best fantasy ever written. And readers are benefiting from the added exposure such a show creates in the media.

Now that A Storm of Swords is being adapted this season, viewers of the television series have run the gambit of emotions that we all had to deal with 13 years ago when the book first published. The loss of a hand. The Red Wedding. Death upon death upon death.

Yesterday, I overheard two women talking about the show. I would mark them as late twenties. Using stereotypes, there was nothing geeky about their appearance. Yet they were enthralled with the Red Wedding episode and what it meant for the series. I asked them if they had read the books, eagerly wanting to point out that they could know the next few HBO seasons without having to wait.

They looked at me blankly and not because I inserted myself into their conversation. They had no idea that the show was based on books. I then proceeded to tell them about George, A Song of Ice & Fire, and how they could read the next two books if they wanted to know more. One of them went to her Amazon app on her iPhone and… voila. She saw what I said as truth.

It got me thinking. I learned about the series when I worked at a Barnes & Noble in 2000 when A Storm of Swords published. A massive book. Fairly solid sales. And a lot of interest online.

How did you come by the books? Did you read Ice & Fire before the HBO show? Did you read them only after you found out about the television show? Have you still not read them despite watching the show? Or just simply have no interest in any of it?

Would love to hear your story!

Winter is coming…

  • I’ve read Il trono di spade, the first half of A Game of Thrones in the 1999, the year of the first italian translation. I love the book, and sometimes I re-read them.

  • Derek

    I pulled the book off the New release shelf in “96, Its been a long time and as a reader I have been quite distressed at the amount of time it took for Dance of Dragons to appear, All I can say is the same dread fills me as it it did with Robert Jordans wheel of time series when suddenly the author passes away with a massive volume of work left unfinished. I know you will say that Sanderson has done well off notes…but my point is who knows if that was truly how it was suppose to go, the author had died, people change, ideas change , you will never truly know if what concluded the wheel of time was the way Jordan would have truly done it.

  • Carolina

    I started working as a bookseller in a new FNAC store in 2010. As we were building up the store and placing all the books in the shelfs I just stared at GRRM’s books and said: “these would look really nice in my place!” Then I read the first page, and just couldn’t stop! Portuguese covers and a really nice artwork by saída de emergência editors.

  • Séverine

    I discovered them via a Robin Hobb Forum, about 5 or 6 years ago I guess.

    However, I’m thinking that your poll will probably be not very representative of the average show-viewer… as people coming on this site are majorly SF and Fantasy readers firstly, don’t you think?

    Anyways, it’s still funny to realize that some people don’t know there are the books out there 😉

    On the other hand, I have some examples of people who just couldn’t get into the books (he was reading in French, so maybe that doesn’t help out), and who are quite happy having the story out on TV.

  • Jamo

    I took the first book on holiday this summer. I was aware of the tv series but never watched the TV shows until I had read the corresponding books. I did find it hard to avoid spoilers escpecially the ‘Red Wedding’….

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