Originally Posted by Ariakas
I have several friends that read the books and they just view the show as a different series altogether.
That's the only way you can really enjoy the shows, by looking at it as something totally different.
I have heard plenty of people complain that they are so different, but really, there would be no suspense, no surprise if they were identical. Therefore, they have to be different to keep the storyline going.
TV series are not like movies. They don't have a definitive beginning, middle, and ending. Not usually anyways.