Regardless, CDPR did do a fantastic job respecting the universe and adapting it to a videogame. I don't think it's fair to discount their work just because a lot of other adaptations are crappy. I mean I don't expect Sapkowski to consider the videogames canon or refer to them in his new novel, but it would be nice if he wasn't so dismissive of the stories in the Witcher games.
He wasn't dismissive of them as being good stories, in fact he said he wouldn't comment on their quality, however he noted that he would never consider them as part of the book universe and I agree completely with him on this.
Let CDPR make their games how they want to and let Andrew write his books the way he wants to.
Here I disagree I find the novels to be painfully slow and I appreciate the faster pace of the TV show. I don't expect Martin to incorporate any of the TV show changes into his future novels, but I do wish he'd hurry the fuck up (both in terms of story pacing and in terms of when he releases the next novel ).
Sure, if you don't mind the lack of subtlety and the butchering of so many awesome parts that are in the books. Like the battle of Green Fork between Tywin and Rose Bolton. In the books Robb takes nine tenths of his entire cavalry force across the twins so he can reach Riverun quickly while sending his entire infantry force as a distraction against Tywin, 16.000 men in total under Rose while Robb has 6.000. In the show Robb sends a meager 2.000 men to distract Tywin while taking rest, including infantry to Riverun?
That move in the show portrays Tywin as an imbecile because he can't figure out that there are a mere 2.000 men until he engages in battle with then and then his messengers can't reach Jaime before Robb does who decided to take his infantry along as well? The reason Robb succeeded was because he had speed thanks to his cavalry.
And what I just said is just the TIP of the iceberg. You may not care about this, but what about Brienne who in the books found killing anyone a nightmare inducing experience whereas in the show she just kills 5 guys in the second season with no regret whatsoever! That ruins her show character and for the record the people she kills in the books are even worse then those stark soldiers.
Then there's Danny.....do I need to rant about why she is so bad in the show? Do I really need to? I can spend HOURS going every single change they made and show the majority of them, not all though, are horrible.
Sure the books are slow but to say the show is great because they are fast paced is an insult to the amazing stories George wrote.
With case of LOTR I won't agree though. Original books are better in comparison. I don't mean that films are bad - they are actually excellent. But they change some key ideas from the books for no valid reasons, which was disappointing. However in their own right - LOTR films are great.
Yes they are great, but the changes to Boromir ( who tried to take the ring on the mountain pass ), Denethor, Theoden, Helm's Deep, Minas Tirith, Aragorn etc. are for the worse.
When it's said and done however LOTR movies stand well on their own despite their faults. Game of Thrones however...is just bad.