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    Quote Originally Posted by Mraezk View Post
    Thinking of giving this a go now, is it worth watching if you aren't familiar that familiar with the books? Is there a good deal of violence (Rome/Spartacus) and whatnot or is it mostly medieval guys scheming at one another?
    I had seen the TV series before I started the books and there will be no problem understanding the plot etc. There will be quite an amount of violence (cut of limbs, people impaled etc.), but it will be over quite quickly. If you have read the last pages, you will probably know that there is a regular amount of sex & nudity, but e.g unlike Tru Blood or Rome, the "sexy time" is used for exposition of story and not just for the sake of showing boobies.
    The graphic sex and violence is also in the books, so HBO does not exaggerate too much.

    PS: I am almost done with book #4 now and I have to say, although some of the stories are interesting to follow, it was a significant change of pace from book #2 and #3. I will probably take a break and read something else now, before starting with #5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mraezk View Post
    Thinking of giving this a go now, is it worth watching if you aren't familiar that familiar with the books? Is there a good deal of violence (Rome/Spartacus) and whatnot or is it mostly medieval guys scheming at one another?
    It's 50/50 on the scheming/fighting. You can follow if you didn't read the books, but it might be hard to figure out who's who in the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Van Der Sloot View Post
    Oh I'm sure I'm not the only heterosexual man who feels a bit uncomfortable watching two men together intimately. And bigotry has nothing to do with it obviously. Sure, this is the year 2011, and I'm glad same sex relations are becoming more and more accepted. But call me old fashioned, I'd rather watch either two women, or a man and a woman.
    Well, though I wouldn't call it bigotry it is discriminatory, Drec's right at that. But really, bothering that HBO got sexually explicit regarding a male homosexual relation and doubting whether that was meaningful without doubting the meaningfulness of the lesbian sex lessons given to that dragon-chick Deneres, the hardcore fisting porno between those prostitutes etc. is a form of narrowminded discrimination analogous to bigotry.
    He seems so knowledgable about medieval society, and the way the politics works.
    Seems being the operative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mraezk View Post
    Thinking of giving this a go now, is it worth watching if you aren't that familiar with the books? Is there a good deal of violence (Rome/Spartacus) and whatnot or is it mostly medieval guys scheming at one another?
    There is mostly a lot of talking and scheming, which is pretty exciting due to the clever plot. But occasionally there's also violence, and when there is, they don't cut away from showing guts and gore, tongues being ripped out, people losing limbs. Then there's also a fair bit of nudity, but it all serves the plot. It doesn't deliver as much violence on a predictable basis as for example Rome, but when they deliver it, it looks a lot more convincing than like in Spartacus.

    Just enjoy the series for the great story, good acting, and great characters.

    Do you need to have read the books? No, not at all. I actually started reading the books after seeing the first season, that won me over. Much as with lord of the rings, the large amount of characters can be a bit overwhelming at first, but you'll get used to it soon enough. The books also provide a handy list of all the families on the last few pages, which helps, but watch a few episodes and you'll soon catch up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Akirai Annuvil View Post
    Well, though I wouldn't call it bigotry it is discriminatory, Drec's right at that. But really, bothering that HBO got sexually explicit regarding a male homosexual relation and doubting whether that was meaningful without doubting the meaningfulness of the lesbian sex lessons given to that dragon-chick Deneres, the hardcore fisting porno between those prostitutes etc. is a form of narrowminded discrimination analogous to bigotry.
    Seems being the operative.
    I wouldn't even call it discriminatory from my stance to it, unless I started objecting to that, but not to the lesbian sex. I don't object to it, none of it. But I do feel slightly uncomfortable watching two nude men make out, I'd rather have them do that behind closed doors. I don't feel that way watching two nude women get intimate with each other. Just personal preference, there's no discrimination or hypocrisy here.
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    I went through the whole series in one go. I enjoyed it well enough and I'll check out season 2. I read up on the series after, and . . .

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    The series isn't really about resolving problems or happy endings. The writer takes the characters where ever he feels the journey should take them. But it's not like Lost, where a ton of things are left unanswered. There are however lots of mysteries which keep popping up during the later books. One of those mysteries is:

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    But there are some resolutions by the end of the first season, such as (only read this after seeing the last episode):

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    (^ Every spoiler regarding season 1, be warned!)

    Sure, all these "resolutions" lead straight into a whole new journey, and don't actually put an end to any of the storylines. But I think you'll find quite a lot of the point of view characters have a long journey that spreads across multiple books. Questions are answered, but also lead to new stories.

    I believe that the writer does have an idea how the story should eventually end, but he still has two books to write. It will all have to come to a satisfying close in the final book.
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    Warner Home Entertainment has announced they will release the DVD & BluRay box of season 1 on the 6th of March 2012.
    The bad news is that there probably won't be a German BluRay box, which I would prefer, because I wanted to share it with family and friends, who do not comprehend the original version. The "Ultimate Watchmen box" all over again, thx WHE
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