There is absolutely nothing more annoying than people who boast and brag about reading the Game of Thrones books and shit on every single nuanced difference in the TV show. I feel like we collectively had a lot of that (…especially on Twitter) this past season, as the series has gained momentum.
GoT book readers tend to be entitled, snobby entertainment killjoys who think they are owed something from HBO and the rest of us for reading the books. If there is an ever-so-slight difference, they get all stupidly up-in-arms about it, pissing off people like myself, who just want to be entertained by some damn good television. They’re like the kid in a college lecture class who asks a thousand fucking questions when there are two minutes left in the class and — if it wasn’t for the stupid questions — the professor would have probably let everyone out early.
I hate you Game of Thrones book readers. Or should I say A Song of Ice and Fire readers? I don’t know, but fuck you very much for correcting me on the technicality. I really hate you.
Arya Stark is a hero to those of us who prefer our intellectual stimulation in one hour doses on the couch on Sunday evenings for 10 weeks. Three cheers for Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, who took a strong stand on the dickish-ness of people who play the “I read the books” card when it comes to Game of Thrones. Here’s what she had to say in an interview with TV Line:
TVLINE | Being a social media pro, I’m sure you’re aware of the Lady Stoneheart outcry. Any thoughts on that?
That was a massive deal, but honestly, I really like it. I’m so sick of going on the internet and seeing all the book readers being snobby, spoiling it for other people, then saying, “Well, it’s not a spoiler. The books have been out for years.” Like, couldn’t you just stop being mad for a second and let other people enjoy the show? They feel they have a claim on the series because they read the books first, and I understand that, but they don’t need to be mean about it. That’s why I liked moments like this, because book readers think they know what’s coming, then we change it and it’s really funny to watch their reactions. They’re always like, “That’s not what happened in the books, so the show’s really bad now.” But really, they just feel insecure because they’re used to knowing what’s coming next.
As someone who is planning on NEVER reading the goddamn books, I say “YES YES YES YES YES!” to this. Now shut up, nerds.