Originally Posted by MrMister
Everyone who loves this show really should just read the books. They're miles better than what we get on the show. I love the show too, but it's just hard for television to match a great novel. So don't let the show spoil the books. I guess not everyone likes reading though...but what is WRONG with you?
I read the books after I watched Season 1, and I have to say, it really helped me having watched it before.
Even though I knew, what's happening at the beginning it was rather hard to differentiate the assload of people and storylines in there, I think I would have stopped if I had not had that "guidance" into GoT. No problem after a few hundred pages, when you get the "big picture", but there were still some "now who the fuck is that?" moments, when new (or formerly unimportant side-show characters) emerged
And I agree, I'm glad I read the rest before watching Season 2, but i have to say, it is a damn good conversion from book to television