Martin boosted August book sales pretty much by himself. In my local library system, every single book of the series in every format (even on Overdrive) had a very long waiting period. It’s not really a surprise: HBO series plus long-awaited 5th book = big sales of all books. And now that the series got 13 nominations, and several Emmy wins, the wait at the library just got longer.
I’ve only seen 1.5 episodes of the HBO series, but it was enough to make me want to read the book. And now that I’ve read the first book, the series seems like a very good adaptation—which is a relief. I do plan to watch the rest once it hits Netflix.
On the other hand, I cannot watch True Blood. I’m a huge Charlaine Harris fan, but I hate how much Alan Ball has strayed from the books. I understand his rationale, but still. (And please, some of these new plots seem to come straight out of the bad arcs of Dark Shadows.)
So I hope some of the dystopian adaptations planned for the near future ( cough, Hunger Games) don’t stray too awfully from the originals. I loved Jeanne Duprau’s Ember series but the movie, which bore only a passing resemblance to the first book, seriously sucked.
What are some of your favorite and/or least favorite adaptations of science fiction / fantasy books?