Game of Thrones is a seriously impressive book. Cleverly written, engaging, full of gravitas. Everything you could expect from a fantasy novel of the highest literary quality.
Making it into a TV series is a sure fire money-spinner, but to do it justice the dramatisation needs to preserve the depth, vision and subtlety of the original. It needs a thoughtful design, to make it look fresh, distinctive and memorable.
So what are the chances that by the time HBO have finished with it we will instead be presented with a gaudy, clichéd, routine costume-drama clunker, spiced up with a peppering of gratuitous sex?
To work, GoT needs cinematic production values, not given the standard HBO big budget TV series treatment. I fear a repeat of Rome. Yes the latter was successful and even well reviewed, but it wasn’t actually very good. Aside from all the historical inaccuracies, it was a gaudy, clichéd, routine costume-drama clunker, spiced up with a peppering of gratuitous sex.
I would hate to see GoT go the same way, but what chance the designers find themselves able to resist the temptation to put everyone in over-the-top costumes half the time and out of them the rest of the time?