I admit I have a really, really, really hard time getting past someone who can say
I really enjoyed the HBO series, but I didn’t feel like waiting years to learn the rest of the plot. The same thing happened with Lord of the Rings – I saw the first movie, then quickly gobbled up the trilogy, the Hobbit, and even the Silmarillion.
The notion of someone who manages to miss an epic all-time great series like Lord of the Rings until the movies come out...and who didn't start into the books of GRRRRRR Martin when first seeing the HBO trailers.... Well. I get a little faint I gotta say.
I'm a reader. I like films just fine and sometimes the adapted works can be quite good. But man. The notion that you'd have all your orientations all fucked up by directorial interpretation and Hollywoodification before you read the books makes me a little bit nauseated I gotta tell you.
Since we're on the subject, please Dear Reader I implore you. Read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books before you see the Hollywood version that is coming out. And for that matter, view the Swedish movies first too. There is no possible way the latest, glitzy movie is not going to suck in comparison with the Swedish movies and, inevitably, the books.
anyhow, the real point is that Blag Hag asked her readers to throw out suggestions for fantasy/sci fi books that weren't quite so dismally formulaic
when you have a series that’s basically medieval Europe placed on an imaginary map, I’m not sure what you expect. It’s inspired by history, where woman were treated that poorly. I find it refreshing that the plot doesn’t accept that (like in Lord of the Rings), but rather multiple woman try to overcome it.
But I see the point. How many more fantasy novels do we need that perfectly mirror medieval Europe, with women having the roles of wives and nothing more? If it’s fiction, why not make them equal? Or why not make them the ones in charge?
...and they responded. Maybe you'll find a tip for something you will enjoy reading.