George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has been on my To Buy/Read list for a while now, so I couldn't resist watching the TV series Game of Thrones.
I don't want to say much other than I freaking loved it! I'm not sure how it would have fared in my opinion had I read the books first and I haven't asked anyone who has, but as a stand alone series, I thought it was highly successful. I think this is mostly due to the brilliance of the novels and their characters and plot, but I also held the actors and direction in high regard. Using a mostly unknown cast was a good move and each held their character superbly, notably Daenerys, Arya and Lady Stark for me.
As a fan of reading fantasy I did struggle a bit with the lack of detail which is inherent in films and TV series. I had to look up a map of Westeros to place all of the events and even some of the characters as it was hard to remember everyone's names without seeing them written.
I definitely mean to get on to reading the series as soon as I can, although I had originally planned to wait until the final two books were released. Upon finding out how long that could drag on for however, I could be waiting a while. I think I might order them for Christmas.
Reading wise, I am only halfway through The Alloy of Law due my graduation, holiday, work and now TV series but I'm enjoying it thus far.