Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious blog has a brand new interview with George R.R. Martin, discussing aspects of his work as the writer of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, as well as the Game of Thrones TV series. Note that it’s vaguely spoilerish, so if you’ve not read through at least the first three novels and your extremely paranoid regarding even the vaguest of potential spoilers, best avoid.
Our favorite remark?
RAR: But from you, what do you say to convince a show-watcher that reading the books is crucial?
GRRM: Well, the show is great but the books are more so. I mean, there’s more detail, there’s more characters. Everything you like about the show, the books have more. They’re richer in that sense. And if you want a rich, immersive experience, the books are like that. But I don’t just say that about myself. I mean, maybe it’s because I grew up as such a voracious reader. I love television. I love film. But books are my first love and they’re my great passion. I think the book is always better. I don’t care what movie you’re talking about, the book is almost always better than the movie or the television show.
Which is true enough. If you’re just watching the TV series, you’re missing out on quite a bit!