Originally Posted by sdkelso
To me it's like overhearing the conversation:
"All Along the Watchtower is such an amazing song! I love the line "the wind begins to howl."
"You know that's actually a song by Bob Dylan, right?"
It just sounds like the person saying it assumes that the achievement belongs to the person who made the adaptation, whereas that is not the case.
Likewise, it pisses me off when people refer to the Lord of the Rings "trilogy". I just don't understand how someone can be a Song of Ice and Fire fan without having read even one book. Just me I guess.
I certainly understand where you're coming from. At the same time, I assume that the show's high quality is a direct correlation of the novels' high quality. They're not mutually exclusive and even without having read them, I give the novels their due credit. George R.R. Martin's direct involvement with the show displays that not only will the show be very accurate but also that he appreciates what the creators are doing. If it earns his stamp of approval, I don't see why it shouldn't earn everyone else's.
In response to your last point, I have been a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire
for three weeks now...since the first episode aired. Because of how much I like the show, I am going to go back and read the novels at some point. I suspect that many other people will do the same. That type of exposure is a great thing, and countless people will now take an interest in a literary series that they might not have known anything about beforehand. It's win-win.