It's amazing to think that the first book came out in 1996, with only five completed books in the series so far, while the TV adaptation is already way ahead of George.R.R. Martin in forwarding the story along. It started off as an adaptation of the books, when the final books do come out they'll read to many people like novelizations of the TV series. Crazy ****.
I've had the first book for a long time, since at least early 2000s. I read the first 100 or so pages but never finished it. Not because I wasn't drawn in but because I have a low attention span and easily distracted by other things. Then soon I forget what I was reading and have to start over again. But for the longest time I managed to avoid spoilers while it was still just a book series. But now that it's an absolute cultural phenomenon with the TV series spoilers have been almost impossible to avoid thanks to the nature of the Internet, with various Internet memes or videos of people casually mentioning spoilers as though they are just common knowledge like "Rosebud is the sled," when the proverbial Rosebuds of this series I had no idea were sleds. That and many other things. Now I'm not sure if it's worth it trying to slog my way through the books being the painfully slow reader that I am with the books being as long as they are knowing what's going to happen to most characters and events or just cave in to the Idiot Box and watch the show. May as well do the latter if the show is probably going to be finished long before G.R.R. gets the sixth book out.
Whatever should I do? That's not a rhetorical question btw, I really don't know. I'd been looking forward to finding a time to read and finish the books already out for so long but then everything was spoiled by the Internet in the advent of the show's popularity. I know already for instance, which certain character is suddenly beheaded by the end of the first book, what character gets castrated, whose wedding ends up in mass murder, which character is mysteriously poisoned to death that was well-deserved and maybe some other things. I've read later seasons decide to take a different direction from the books so things end up being a surprise for everyone who already knows the books but how different? Enough to matter? Or is it just "random character dies when he doesn't in the book and/or vice versa"? Maybe if I had a better attention span and could read longer books and book series this wouldn't be a problem and I'd have read these damn things already by the end of high school years ago already but noooope (my attention span when it comes to TV series is also questionable - I find myself drawn more to anthology series/series with just a couple or so seasons a la Fargo or the sadly short-lived True Detective which had an amazing first season, an OK, not-great-but-not-terrible-as-people-say-it-was second season and now nothing anymore it seems because of the second season's reception but I digress).
Through Dark Souls of futures past. The speed runner longs to see. One boost between a pair of binos. Parry Walk with Me.