My first copy of George R.R. Martins A Game of Thrones is a paperback published in 1998 by British Voyager two years after the first edition of this book. Five years later (2003), the local bookstore translated Martin in much more exclusive edition with hardcover so I immediately became the owner this and other Croatian editions of epic called A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin only received awards Locus and Hugo in 1997 for his artwork what is much less comparing it with Lois McMaster Bujold and her four Hugos and two Nebulas for the Vorkosigan family saga. Not that awards are the only measure of value, but Martin becomes hard to follow when all major and sympathetic characters are slaughtered in the first books and replaced with new characters in the minimum ratio of 1 dead: 5 new. As fantasy writer, Martin did not have many readers except those special masochists who bought a book on hernia, because the more bits it is more satisfying (although this is often known to go at the expense of quality tracks). And while the book (especially in English) was blurred with dark, cold and mysticism, TV series, which is currently running on HBO and watched by over 3.5 million people is much more practical. Row of sex, row of blood, little bit of promiscuity, slap a woman, gay love, repeated all over again, total entertainment for the masses, probably explaining TV series global popularity. Lets face it, all that existed in the book, but it must be admitted that the series is further emphasizing physical in relation to the spiritual and mystical (see Spartacus TV series for additional details remark). Disappointing, from the other side, they forgot to keep with physical, and suddenly Catelyn Stark became in TV series quite decrepit lady in. Not to mention disappointment with direwolves, those mythical species becomes unusually small, very like to ordinary ZOO wolves. In total, A Game of Thrones somehow falls into the same category as Lord of the Rings, a film adaptation of a cult literary work that becomes a pearl given to pigs i.e. thousands of pages of fantasy packed in a colorful picture book (in this case, in addition spiced with low desires to increase consumption by market). It is interesting to draw another parallel with the Lord of the Rings, Ned Stark (aka Sean Bean) has lost his head at the end of the first series and he was as killed at the end of the first part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy as human Boromir.