I am reading a thread on Metafiter about the apparently-disastrous last couple of episodes of "Game of Thrones" and I kinda feel like my decision to never bother investing time in a TV series based on a book series that was unfinished when the show began, and has remained unfinished over the decade the show ran, was a wise one. As was my decision to not read the books either.
Apparently trying to end a sprawling epic series with a thousand sub-plots in a half-dozen episodes results in an incoherent mess? I haven't really examined the details of how people say it is a mess very closely as they're talking about matters that are just so much gibberish to someone who's seen zero episodes and read zero pages.
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@anthracite yeah, the "finish the TV series before the books" has... a bad sound to it. it is entirely possible to be a really good book-writer and be a *really terrible* TV/movie writer (stares hard at JKR). and it sounds like wossname, GoT writer guy, has a direction he wants things to go in, but instead of writing it all down in a big messy complicated book and letting the show-writers pare it down into something that makes sense and is emotionally satisfying for TV, he's trying to cram all the threads together into the few episodes that are left, resulting in--an incoherent, unsatisfying mess. I'm just glad I have no investment in the result whatsoever, except "I'd kinda like dragon-girl to win because dragons." but I gave up on that fight back when I was still in single digits, so. :/
@anthracite I haven't watched the latest season, but I already feel like the previous season and frankly the last two books kind of broke my heart. It's such an ambitious story with great writing and characters, but I think he should have tried to wrap it up by the third or fourth book.
The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman is a good counter-example of a tightly-written series that wraps everything up in three books.
I think my entire experience with GRRM's writing is maybe one standalone novel. It sure does sound like he really went off into the worldbuilding weeds with Game of Thrones. Hey I bet what everyone wants is a middle novel that introduces a bunch of characters halfway across the world with little to no connection with the characters this story is ostensibly about, I'm sure they'll love it!
One begins to wonder if he ever had even the vaguest idea of how he was gonna end this thing at that point.