It's Game of Thrones to TV viewers, but for others, that's merely the title of the first book in George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song Of Ice And Fire.
The war for the Seven Kingdoms often seems tame when compared to some of the furious debates between TV viewers and book readers, with the latter previously wielding a lot of power, safe in the knowledge that they know how many storylines will play out long before HBO have even thought about launching the episodes.
That power has dwindled in Seasons 5 and especially 6, as the series drifts further away from the source material, but the war will always remain over whether the show or the books reign supreme. It's not just with Game of Thrones/ASOIAF either, it happens every time Hollywood gets its hands on a book. Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, and The Hobbit, have all fallen foul of book readers in some way.
One of the problems book readers have with visual adaptations are the appearances of characters. Once you've read an appearance, readers use their own imagination to paint a picture of a character, so when they're dramatically different in TV or film productions, it can spark outrage. Here's a selection of the top Game of Thrones characters compared to their book counterparts, along with some of the very best fan artwork.
There are NO book spoilers ahead. Only appearance descriptions.
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