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How to keep track of Characters?

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I had written small notes in a line or two about characters & places after finishing each chapter. Helped me a great deal


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You can just look online. There are a ton of family trees. You can also try making one, that's what George RR Martin said he did when there got to be a shitload of characters.


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I have to confess I had to build an Excel file to keep track of everyone in the books, it got to a point where it took me longer to search the Wiki of the last pages of the books than to read the damn book lol

I finished AdwD not long ago, and now the file helps me not to forget everything during this long and painful wait... :frown5:

Laughter. I did not have a computer or Excel in 1996. I started a card file, on people first. Then dreams. It is pretty large now.

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I now have the TWoIaF App on my iPad...it helps but it is far from complete.



I have the Wiki bookmarked and visit it often.



Plus I make tons of notes in my ebook with bookmarks.


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I'm pretty good at being able to pick up things in the middle of a series. I didn't start watching the series


until season three and like everyone else I was lost. Then I made another mistake and started to look


up who characters were. Big mistake,I got so into it I read more then I should have and read spoilers.


My advise would be to just write down the members of each house with the castle and region.


IE: the north,winterfell,house stark,eddard,catelyn,robb,sansa,arya,bran,rickon,jon snow.


Then you can add other main characters as they come. Like other people have said the appendix


in the back of the books is a big help. And remember if you read the books and watch the show,


they change some of the character names to avoid confusion.


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I am a visual learner - so I used pictures with names, etc. Entertainment Weekly actually printed guides like this every year before the show resumes.



But, you may have to conjure your own visions of what some characters look like. I made my own cast of characters after Season 1 show. As we read, we usually create a mental image of what a character looks like.



My mental image of certain characters was quite unflattering - HBO casts pretty people. I saw Brienne quite differently. And Mance! But I do recall that keeping everyone and everything straight was a challenge!



Before you know it, you will have it all down pat, and you will be an expert!


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I can't tell you how much I feel the same way.  What I'd recommend is, making a document and write down what each character did and who they are, that way it won't seem as intimidating.

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