Originally Posted by DeuceKicker
You're not a sophisticated reader. Then again, you disagreed that a TV series about a series of books would of necessity not be nearly as deep, so that goes without saying.
Didn't see the prior argument, but you come off like a 75 year old high school English teacher who thinks that film is trash entertainment compared to the sacred written word.
Depth vs. breadth seems to have been covered. The "depth" that is important isn't 10 pages about Aegon's shiny head or whatever. The more "important" depth in art comes from aspects such as the extent to which it teaches you something about the human condition (yea,
, but still), the way it can move you emotionally or simply, as Don Draper said, the glimpse of "fantastical people who are taking you someplace you've never been..." A television series absolutely has the ability to nail aspects such as this better than a book series can, and vice versa.
In any event I'm sure you're already on board with that and are probably using a different (inferior) definition of "depth".
As for Martin's prose - it's certainly possible for an author to ramble on about things of little relevance to the main narrative and have it still be great. I'm not hardline "anything not servicing the story must be chopped". But in this case, as of 250 pages into ADWD (when I quit), it's simply not interesting enough or written well enough to get away with.