Reading the “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series by GRRM has turned out to be a long and tedious job for me.
Why? I wonder.
When I have ordered them, I could not wait for them to arrive. And when they did a week later, I started reading them right away.
This has been a month ago. I just finished the 1st book – A Game of Thrones – last week and I have read the first 76 pages of the 2nd book – A Clash of Kings.
Pretty slow reading I have here……
Why can I not feel the excitement and the enthusiasm to dwell into reading these books?
I have three hypotheses:
- The fact that I have seen the show, I am kind of not interested in the books that much (although I also recognize that the book is deeper and gives more or additional details and points of view, dreams, or thoughts than the TV show)
- Since the author GRRM places seemingly unimportant yet critical-to-understand-the-story-type-of-clues here and there frequently, I want to pay attention to each sentence, which is tiring…
- I have favorite characters, like Jamie, Tyrion, Arya, and Brienne, and the rest of the characters unfortunately bore me. This hypothesis is more likely to be true as I am really bored about and not that into the Daenerys or Salsa characters. As a matter of fact, I believe I dislike both of these characters. There, I said it.
Unfortunately it looks like Daenerys is an important character in the story and as such there will be no escape from her. The same for Sansa.
Maybe I should just get an HBO subscription and watch the Season 6 starting in April rather than going thru this “OMG-how-come-I-can-not-read-a-book-I-am-so-interested-in” dilemma.