Of the new television shows coming out, the one I’m most looking forward to is HBO’s Games of Thrones. Based on the excellent fantasy book by George R. R. Martin, Games of Thrones is one of the 2 best books I have ever read (the other being Jean M. Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear).
However, despite looking forward to the TV series, I’m also slightly worried about it. Basically, how close will the TV series follow the book? When material is moved from one mode of entertainment to another, almost inevitably producers has to change thing.
This is not always a bad thing. When Cryptic made an online game for Star Trek (Star Trek Online), they kept things close to the source material. Players can only play as captains of The Federation, and not as captains of The Klingon Empire. Players complained loudly. Of course we have producers who go to the other extreme and their shows and games have almost nothing to do with the source material (TV series like Dexter & Justified have almost nothing to do with the books).
How close should adaptations be from their source materials? The right answer I guess is that as long as it is entertaining, then it would be okay. As long as it doesn’t suck, right? However the Game of Thrones is such a favorite of mine, any change could be a problem for me. Oh well, I guess I’ll find out sooner or later.