John (Snow) Doe Posted May 11, 2011 Share Posted May 11, 2011 (edited) I don't think voice-overs would suit the TV series - the books aren't written in a first-person perspective, and so much of their richness depends on subtle observation (as Syrio would say, using your eyes) than on explicit acknowledgment.I've been as much a critic as anyone on this forum re: lack of action and overabundance of dialogue. Frankly, I'm reminded of how slow the books were to grow on me; I wasn't a dedicated page-turner until about page 300 of AGoT. But I trusted GRRM and I'm glad I did, so I'll trust D&D. Looking ahead, it's perfectly possible that the show is about to change gears completely and go to all action, little dialogue. From the preview of Ep 5 alone, it's clear we're in for (i) Cat & Co v. Mountain Tribes (ii) Ned & Bodyguard v. Jaime & Lannisters, and (iii) Sandor v. Gregor. I'd prefer they strive for balance, but I'm yearning to see swords clash. *As for Ned's execution - there was a poll done (can't remember the article exactly) showing that, amongst fans, it is the most anticipated moment of season 1 (the Dragons' birth was #2, Viserys' crowning was #3). I think it will actually go over very well with non-readers and attract a larger fanbase. Ned dying in Book 1 was the definitive moment of the series - its tone and flavor were clearly asserted as GRRM established that nobody is safe, and this isn't a fairy-tale fantasy by any means. It's going to intrigue a lot of people, especially with Bean's casting and top-billing receiving such universal praise.I'm curious if they'll go for a big name actor for Stannis/Davos in Season 2 to be the emotional core of the show. My hunch is "no", because that's not how the books are written, but having a central character to follow adds structure, and adding a top actor would garner a lot of publicity....time will tell.* Edited May 11, 2011 by John (Snow) Doe Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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