HBO Fans: Have You Read A Song of Ice and Fire?

By Jef Dinsmore on Mar 20, 2012 to Game of Thrones

A couple of us who write for HBOWatch pondered briefly the question of just how “Thronies” became familiar & later enthralled with the saga and the eventual HBO hit.

Remember that the book saga, A Song of Fire and Ice, saw its first volume published in 1996 and had many millions of readers before the TV series even started. The HBO series GAME OF THRONES, however, has broken records for the channel and is about to start season 2.   So to help us find out some answers I set up this little poll. Help us sort this out by responding to this simple poll and feel free to add comment.

Please check the most appropriate answer for you:

Have you read the A Song of Ice and Fire Novels?

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Now, for a bonus question for fans! I caught our Editor-in-Chief using the word “Thronies”, which I used here, to describe the fandom nation assembled for GAME OF THRONES.  Is that the accurate term for the fan base or just the term we are sticking with here?  The polls are now open!  Let us know how you came to love Westeros whether it was first on paper or on your TV screen.  We await your response.

  • Carl

    I read the books when I heard HBO was adapting them. I’m glad I did; I really don’t envy those who are just watching the series. Not because the series is bad, but because I’d be terrified of spoilers. Getting told about Ned’s execution, for instance, would’ve taken away the shock of such an incredible moment. And there are plenty more events in the future books that I would’ve hated to have had spoiled for me.

    If you are just watching the series, my advice: stay away from any Game of Thrones related discussion on the internet. Even this one. As soon as you finish reading this, leave this page and don’t come back. It only takes one asshole to ruin everything for you, I wouldn’t even take the chance.

  • No Thronies, Thronies bad. :lol:

    There’s really no term that doesn’t sound condescending or stupid, but Thronies gives me the squicks. LOL! And also a large portion of the Game of Thrones fanbase has lobbied against. We can’t make it vogue now. Hahaha!

    • Also, good idea for a poll. I figure there must be a much larger percentage than last year, but I’d love to know just how many people are watching the show and not reading the books. I bet it is still a pretty hefty number.

      • Jefd

        So, Serena.

        If not “Thronies” then what?

        “GOTers”

        “GOTites”

        “GOTians”

        or a term based on the word “Westeros”, maybe?

        • I was thinking just “Game of Thrones fan” :lol:

          I don’t know, it’s a really hard call, “Thronies” is easy, there really isn’t another obvious term, but then it sounds like “Bronies,” and while I am a My Little Ponies fan, even the new version, I don’t want that mental image related to Game of Thrones. Lololol.










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