Reading Game of Thrones AFTER Watching the Show and Why I Hate Re-reading

I had a bit of a late start to the Game of Thrones TV show. I started to watch when season five was already out, quickly becoming addicted and in desperate need of more Jon Snow. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more entranced by a show. Every character had major flaws (some more than others!) and the plot was full of layers and twists that you would never think of. After seven seasons, you could say I’m in for the long haul. After I get married in June I plan on taking a nap until next year when season eight comes out 😉

I picked up the first Game of Thrones novel a year ago and started it immediately. For whatever reason, I put it down and  picked up something else.

I recently realized why. If I’ve already seen the show/movie, I already know what happens, and I despise re-reading.

I remember seeing Gone Girl in theaters and hearing that the book was “so much better” than the movie. Of course it is, I thought to myself. They almost always are! So, like the book addict I am, I went and picked up the book afterwards. I read about ten pages and gave up. I don’t know what it is about reading books after seeing the movie. I hate knowing what’s going to happen!

I compare it to guessing the plot of a book before it happens. We’ve all read books where we can guess where it’s going to happen LONG before it does. It’s not our fault, we’re just really good at reading.

I also rarely, if ever, re-read books. When someone asks me what my favorite book is and how many times I’ve read it, I tend to not answer. I have books that I LIKE, definitely. But re-reading them? Ain’t nobody got time for that, especially if your TBR pile is 50+ books!

Despite not reading books where I already know the ending, I am loving Game of Thrones. There is so much more vivid description in the book, and many scenes that never made it into the show, or were changed. I’m loving being able to fully catch up on the tales of Westeros and learn things I missed when I watched the show. One thing I’ve learned from Goodreads reviews is that although the show follows the first book closely, it strays from the rest. So I’m looking forward to that.

Now, if this was the case with every book, maaaaaybe I could become a re-reader. No promises though.

Do you like to re-read? Do you prefer reading the book before seeing the movie? Does it not matter to you if you’ve already seen the movie?

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