HBO Series: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I learned recently that George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is going to be made into an HBO series. A Song of Ice and Fire includes four novels (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows), with a fifth one in the works (A Dance with Dragons) and plans for two more to round out the series at seven. For a while now, some friends and I have been talking about how we would like to see A Song of Ice and Fire on the big screen, though to do that would be challenging as each novel is nearly 1,000 pages, and so a TV series might work better for such a project. The plan is to write a season for each novel. I haven’t found any dates on when the first episode might air. Seems I am a little late to this news, as the article from Variety was published January of this year, but I thought I would go ahead and throw this out there, for those of you who weren’t aware.

Read the article from Variety.

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10 thoughts on “HBO Series: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin”

  1. I haven’t read any of these books, but they also sound like they take place in the medieval period, and since you mention that it will be an HBO series, it got me wondering if you’ve heard anything (good or bad) about The Tudors or the series on the Roman Empire (forgot the name of that one).

  2. I haven’t heard anything about those. I wanted to watch them, but unfortunately, I don’t get HBO. May be worth getting just to check out the Song of Ice and Fire series.

  3. It would be outstanding to see George R. R. Martin’s novels come to life on TV, but I almost fear what might happen when these wonderful books are adapted to the small screen. So many plots and subplots (with various complications) and many unique character and points of view makes his writing well worth the reading experience, but it will be a challenge to do them justice on TV. Hopefully, TV will do these great works credit.

  4. Allan, I agree. It will definitely be a challenge. I have mixed feelings about it. I hope they take their time with it, as there is so much to think about with creating an adaptation of these novels.

  5. This is wonderful news. I subscribed to HBO as soon as I found out the news. My question is when are the shows to air?

  6. Ritespa, I haven’t followed up on when this show is supposed to air. I don’t have HBO at the house, so maybe someone more knowledgeable about it than me will come along and tell us. I’m sure a little searching on Google will provide more information about it.

  7. Recently, I noticed that the fifth book in the Fire and Ice series is supposed to be released in August of 2008. However, I will believe it when I have a copy in my hot little hand. A few of my high school students have also been anticipating the release of this book, and I found out through one of them. I have yet to confirm this information.

  8. Allan, somehow I’m not optimistic we’ll have it by August. Back in March, George R.R. Martin was saying on his blog we’d have them in bookstores by fall if he could finish the novel by late June, but I haven’t seen any updates regarding a Song of Ice and Fire on his blog since. August is possible, I suppose, if he’s already finished A Dance with Dragons.

  9. GRRM Has been Promising ADWD for years. I love the man but he is entirely too busy touring and feasting at pizza crawls to deliver the one thing his public desires. THE 5TH BOOK. I have read the first 4 numerous times. (actually just finished a reread last wk) But I am getting tired I WANT SOMETHING NEW. I think the show is a great Idea. But, honestly, I think it could ruin the series. We’ll have a bunch of no brain idiots who think they know something about GRRM and the world he created, but in all actuality..they will have no appreciation for the works whatsoever. I dont want the GENERAL public to know about my intrigues. They ruin it… I cannot stand False fans. People who have only seen the movies. They don’t know a thing. Their is so much more to the books. I believe there is no possible way to transfer this properly to a visual media such as tv…

    But, None the less, I am interested to see if it does get butchered or whether or not the series can do the fans justice.

    As to GRRM, GET UP OFF YOUR BUTT AND RELEASE THE FLIPPING BOOK!!!

  10. Tired of Waiting, I think many of George Martin’s fans share your same concerns. I know the publisher had talked about releasing the 5th book last fall, but then it got pushed (again). I was working to finish reading A Feast for Crows just in time for the ADWD release, but once it got pushed, I moved on to other novels. I still have about 200 pages left to read in AFFC. I think I’ll have plenty of time to finish it before the 5th book comes out. It just hasn’t kept my attention nearly as much as the first three.

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