The following post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones and Fate/Zero.
So I just finished watching the first season of Game of Thrones, a series that I knew absolutely nothing about, primarily because I’ve never read the original novels by George R. R. Martin. I have also started watching the Fate/Zero anime, currently into its second episode on Nico Nico. I have all six volumes of the original JP Fate/Zero novels lying on my shelf, I just simply haven’t had the time to read through them all.
Both the TV versions of Thrones and Zero were awesome so far. But this was only because I didn’t know what to expect, having no prior knowledge of the original source material to fall back on. Which led me to an interesting question: Will our enjoyment of TV shows or movies be stifled somewhat, if we have already read the original books that inspired them? Watching Ned Stark’s death sent a chill down my spine, and that scene is made even more powerful because we wouldn’t know whether his execution could be avoided, until the very last moment, where Stark finally accepts his fate.
I now feel slightly reluctant to read the A Song of Fire and Ice novels, because once I advance in the story via the novels, I won’t be able to relive the same, brilliant fantasy experience that the HBO series has managed to captivate us with for Season 2.
I guess television, (visual) novels, and comics all have their own unique advantages. If you consider yourself a true fan, go support each of these adaptations and give the creators some money (so they that can continue producing even more adaptations and sequels, lol).
And for goodness’ sakes, please don’t visit some Wikipedia site and spoil the story for yourself. Where the hell is the fun and enjoyment from all that? Powerful, storytelling moments like knowing Saber’s true name are best left to your own discovery when you reach that point in the series. And if you spoil yourself, that experience is forever lost.