I mean it's still medieval fantasy, but the nudity makes it bearable.
I probably wouldn't have fallen asleep during Lord of the Rings if they had stopped at a few brothels on the way to Mordor. --- ''Malice'' is a registered trademark of Smackdowner Inc. All Rights Reserved 2002 - 2013
Love both series in both formats, but I'd say that Game of Thrones is better than The Lord of the Rings film trilogy simply by virtue of having more time to spend on the characters and the story. I'd also say that the book series for LotR is "better", but that's probably due to the fact that I'm not a huge fan of the P.O.V. structure Martin uses. I've liked it in other novels, and I enjoy the reasoning behind why he did it, but I think it short-changes a lot of the more interested characters and elements of both the world and the story. Tolkien's writing may be "too descriptive" for some people, but I share his love of languages, and thus very much enjoy his prose.
Also, although I do feel that Jackson respects and loves the source material, I don't think that always comes through on-screen. The films have a lot of terrible humor, which is something I've always disliked about them, but that feeling was exacerbated by my latest re-watch of the trilogy. I'd almost forgotten how little Gimli and Legolas do besides banter with one another. A lot of that can be explained by the fact that Jackson was working with a much more limited amount of screen time, but that doesn't make it any less cringe-worthy. I also find Jackson to be a somewhat inconsistent director. Part of the reason for that may simply be due to how many different people actually directed sequences of the film, but even the material that is strictly his - such as the Paths of the Dead. It highlights his roots as an independent horror-comedy director, sure, but that doesn't mean it fits in tonally with the atmosphere he establishes so well in other scenes (such as Faramir charging towards Osgiliath, and the march through the city preceding that). Same can be said for his sequence in the Dead Marshes from the second film.
So yeah; I'd say Game of Thrones is a better visual adaptation than the LotR trilogy, but that I prefer Tolkien's original work to A Song of Ice & Fire (speaking as a whole; I'd also have to say that A Storm of Swords is the best book out of the entire lot, but I find A Clash of Kings, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons to be very enjoyable, but simultaneously problematic). Both are among the best fantasy works ever created, however, and it's not like anyone has to choose one over the other. --- http://tinyurl.com/8rtl78h