Differences in the books, written by George R R Martin, and TV series, produced by (((David Benioff))) and (((D B Weiss))) Not so many people die in the books, and there is far less sadistic and perverted stuff. The books do not promote homosexuality, as the TV series does. 1) Sansa isn't raped and tortured by Ramsay 2) There are no gay scenes described in the books, no indication of either Loras or Renly being gay 3) Shireen (little daughter of Stannis) isn't burned at the stake by her father 4) Meryn Trant doesn't beat and have sex with little girls 5) Yara Greyjoy isn't a lesbian 6) Jamie doesn't rape Cersei beside their son in the coffin, they have consensual sex 7) The Viper isn't bisexual 8) The Sand Snakes do not murder Myrcella (daughter of Jamie and Cersei) 9) The Nights Watchmen kill Jon Snow for a different reason (because he broke his vows and abandoned his watch to rescue Rickon from Ramsay at Winterfell, not because he helped the Wildlings) 10) Blackfish does not die 11) Rob Stark's wife doesn't die because she's not at the Red Wedding. She wasn't pregnant. 12) Mance Rayder doesn't die, he isn't burned at the stake 13) Arya becomes temporarily blind as part of her training, not as a punishment 14) Arya isn't Tywin's cup girl Game of Thrones has an excellent cast (Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Rose Leslie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, etc), mostly people viewers were not familiar with, rather than the tired old faces we've seen too much of. The costumes, make-up and special effects are very good. The original stories in Martin's books are fascinating. I think it would have been even more popular without the perversion and sadism.