I really tried to like ‘A Game of Thrones’, in both formats too. I watched the first episode of the TV series thinking: “Wow, this is technically great, but totally not compelling in the slightest”. I was given the first book and dutifully read it. I kept going with the series to see where it went, but wasn’t enjoying it at all. I stopped at the end of the third book. So I feel I gave it a good chance to impress me, didn’t like it, and thought that would be the end of it. Nope, I find myself constantly having to defend my dislike of the series. Warning: There will be swears.