I have reviewed by thoughts on the first book and my early watching of the DVD’s here. I have now read the whole 7 books and watched the first 5 DVD’s which cover these books.
Book 1 – A Song of Ice and Fire
Book 2 – A Clash of Kings
Book 3 – A Storm of Swords – Steel and Snow
Book 4 – A Storm of Swords – Blood and Gold
Book 5 – A Feast for Crows
Book 6 – A Dance with Dragons – Dreams and Dust
Book 7 – A Dance with Dragons – After the Feast
I enjoyed the first 4 books, first 3 DVD’s, they flowed along nicely bringing stories together and having a dynamic to them. However the later parts of the story and the DVD’s seem to have lost a lot of that flow and dynamic, the DVD’s in particular jump around trying to cram a lot of story into 10 episodes. But the books also seem to have added new stories which have not been added to the DVD story line.
The DVD’s by leaving out some parts of the story make the later parts a bit disjointed and hard to follow. For instance why did Jon arrive at the wall by foot with the rescued Wildings when he rescued them by ship? I think the DVD makers put two or three different story lines together but it made no sense. Then we have Sansa and the Boltons at Winterfell, the story in t eh DVD does not follow the books nor does the book make a lot of sense as she changes to Arya later. I think Martin has fallen into the trap of adding more and more stories with no idea of where it all goes. At first I thought this story was going to be about Fire and Ice and that in time the cold things of the north would end up facing off with the fire of the dragon. However if this is ever to happen it is far away from happening in either format. The books have just got boring and lost with no end in sight and its been 5 years since the last one was published. The DVD’s seem to be following their own path but trying to stay at least slightly close to the books.
So all in all I would say the DVD’s are a good watch even if the later ones have lost a bit of internal logic. I doubt I will buy another book even if it ever comes out. I also doubt that either series will ever get to a end point. Some say that Martin is a new Tolkien, I would say no. Martin has no clear story line and I doubt a clear ending. Tolkien wrote a sweeping story which interacted with other characters rather than fixating on them as Martin does in places.
Score – Early books and DVD’s 8/10 later ones only 5/10