Yesterday, I finally finished A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (or GRRM, as I’ve noticed how he is referenced on blogs). I actually read the Kindle version, so I suppose I can’t actually claim one cover over the other, but honestly, how can Random House think that it’s acceptable to sell copies with the TV series poster? That’s a huge pet peeve of mine.
Look at this! Okay, so HBO decided to rename the series Game of Thrones (omitting the indefinite article)… but when you’re using the poster for the book cover, how can you alter the original title?
Okay, so obviously this is arguably the best-known cover now. (And to be honest, the Kindle page on Amazon uses this cover, so I should shut my mouth since this is what I read.)
But what’s this?
I also found this image on Amazon. What is this? I guess it’s a slightly newer edition but one that predates the other two, since the first two covers use the same font?
What is that animal? Is that a lion? I guess? So that’s House Lannister? If so, why House Lannister? I would’ve thought that the bulk of the book focused on House Stark. Even the TV tie-in cover agrees, though maybe that has more to do with the fact that Sean Bean was the most recognizable face when the series premiered.
And who the hell is this?
It must be a member of the Night’s Watch, right? Jon Stark? I don’t know! Jon’s only 14, so this can’t be him… Benjen Stark? Who’s barely a character? I mean, it looks like the winter, so it could be Ned Stark, but does Ned Stark dress in all black too?
I’m really bad at identifying people on book covers. For instance, on Baby-Sitters Club book covers, I could never really tell who was Stacey or Dawn! Usually I could only tell which blonde was which by seeing if she were next to Claudia or Mary Anne.
Anyway. A (?) Game of Thrones was highly enjoyable. At the very end of the Kindle version, however, there were some very helpful guides for all of the Houses in the Seven Kingdoms. If I had been reading a physical copy of the book, I probably would’ve noticed these references earlier, which would have made identifying the characters a lot easier since there are SO MANY.
The show is highly enjoyable too. I’m very impressed at how the producers have managed to condense the book into one season. I’ve seen five episodes so far, and the show remains pretty faithful to the source material (although reading about a guy getting his throat slit open is different than seeing it onscreen).
Time to buy A Clash of Kings. Unfortunately, these books are not loanable on Kindle, but as my sister pointed out, if we are willing to shell out $14 for a two-hour movie, paying $8.99 for a book (that provides many more hours of entertainment… and are re-readable) is nothing!
And for those of you who are curious (aka NOBODY), here’s the original A Game of Thrones cover, as per Wikipedia:
Boring. No wonder they went with Sean Bean.