One of my friends hasn’t read the latest Game of Thrones books yet.
So whenever we try and talk about the books he’ll shout out, “No spoilers!” and then cover his ears.
I’ve heard about this sort of thing happening more and more since the TV show became popular.
People watch the show, but don’t read the books.
So you could be talking with someone about Game of Thrones stuff and then casually mention something from Dance with Dragons. The book came out three years ago right? You can’t say spoilers in response to a three year old plot twist can you?
Apparently you can.
I guess I’m a little surprised by that.
When I was reading Harry Potter this sort of thing didn’t happen.
If you were interested in talking about the series it was assumed that you’d read all of the books that were published.
The movies came out afterwards, but from my own experience very few people watched the movies that didn’t also read the books.
Why is Game of Thrones different?
At first I thought maybe book size, but both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones books are massive.
Adult content might be it, but why?
The TV show has more sexual content and violence than the book. That’s also the main reason why I don’t watch the show.
I already know what’s going to happen, so there’s no plot mystery.
But the added sexual content just makes me uncomfortable.
My opinion on sex in TV shows and movies comes from an early filmmaker named Ernst Lubitsch.
Sex couldn’t be shown on screen and you couldn’t show someone in their underwear either.
Lubitsch represented sex by holding the camera on a closed door.
That was all.
And it worked! People knew exactly what was happening on the other side of the door, but you didn’t need to show it.
Game of Thrones goes way too far on this for my taste. Many of the scenes seem like they’d fit in a porn movie better than a high fantasy TV show.
But maybe that’s what’s attracting people to the show, but not the books.
The show has more sex scenes and they’re obviously more visual than those in the book ever will be.
So maybe more people watch the Game of Thrones show than read the books because its a guilt free way to get some softcore porn.
Or maybe its some other reason, but I’ve run out of space.