I feel like this is going to be a new series on my blog – me talking about how I finally gave into the thing that everyone was talking about. Because that seems to be a pattern with me; I’ll fight the hype for so long… probably way too long, and then finally give in, and end up LOVING a book or TV series.
I did this with Firefly, Doctor Who, Breaking Bad – refusing to get involved with the fandom to any degree. And not because they were popular, but because I couldn’t justify spending the time it would take to catch up. Yet in every case, I’ve taken the time and absolutely fallen in love with the series. And this is the case with books, too. Lots of lots of books fall into this category.
But I’ll talk a little bit about the book that I’ve most recently given into, Game of Thrones.
When the show started, I watched the first few episodes with a friend and wasn’t too interested. I also tried reading the first book, but gave up after the prologue. But the more it became a huge deal to pop culture, the more I realized I should probably see what the big deal was about. I very recently decided that if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.
I’ll read a book or two and then watch a season or two of the show, rinse repeat. As long as I read them first. Because I’m that person.
Reading the book this time around has been a lot more successful for me. My problem before was that there were so many characters, but okay, I’m an internet-person. I know who certain characters are just from scrolling through Twitter. Now that the show is so popular, I can imagine these characters as I’m reading – and that’s been a huge help for keeping track of everyone.
And okay, I kind of expected to be forcing myself through this series. “I’m not a fantasy person”, “the writing style is pretty dense”, “I’m only doing this because I want to understand stuff when my friends talk about the show”. Excuses I’ve fallen back on before.
But holy crap I love this book. I read 50-60 pages in one sitting and can’t wait until I have time to pick it up again. Instead of being overwhelmed by how long the book is, I’m actually super happy every time I see how many pages are left, because it means I have that much more time to still be reading. And then there’s more books.
It’s basically a matter of time before I start buying all the merch and crying over the theme song.