"I adore it! It's quite hard going and complicated at first, but once you get into it it's really worth the mental slog of working out who everyone is."
Nikki Jayne Guest
"I only got five episodes in, will catch up on the rest soon but it was a very credible attempt to film a complex and multi-layered novel.
Can't wait for the next series as A Game of Thrones is the least interesting of the books."
"It was amazing... just if they have another season no character is as strong as Ned (Sean Bean)."
"It is involving, enthralling and has become a must-see. Even the rude bits."
"An ample budget to maintain an illusion of a fictitious world with suitable props and set dressing. Stunning Irish landscapes top this off with a lush backdrop for what is promising to be another award winning production from HBO."
"It's been over-hyped, I feel. It's very slow, the premise is quite dull and the acting is patchy. Sean Bean, in particular, seems disinterested and tired of it all – but maybe that's the characterisation and he's supposed to come across that way. "
Joseph McArthur Field
"It's like The Wire meets Lord of the Rings."
"Love it. A breath of fantasy-fresh air. It's been good to see so many British actors showcasing their talents. Roll on series two."
Maxine Thinnestofthinice Hayter
"The story and the acting are both fantastic."
"It's original because the unexpected and the taboo actually happen. I've never been so affected by, or engrossed in, a TV show. They're doing something very right with this one."
Jenifer Mangione Vogt
"A new benchmark for fantasy adaptations. I hope HBO can give science fiction the same treatment someday – Asimov's Foundation series would be a great place to start!"
"As a big fan of the books, I was pleased to see that the essence of the novel has been well preserved, with large chunks of dialogue remaining largely unharmed in the adaptation to the script."
"Love the way they just kill off main characters, if the plot requires it."
" I've not wanted a Monday to come round so quickly for ages!"
"The acting isn't bad, and unusually for this genre, there are some great roles for women. The costumes are brilliant and sometimes defy belief. Rather a lot of sex and nudity which will not be to everybody's taste. Definately not for viewing by younger children."
"Watched the first three episodes, very slow and badly acted. I promptly removed the series link ."
"Not quite as boring as the books but close."
Next week in Culture Club: Bad Teacher
New comedy 'Bad Teacher' stars Cameron Diaz, see interview opposite, as a gold-digging educator on a mission to woo a rich co-worker, played by Justin Timberlake. Email cultureclub@ indepen dent.co.uk with your thoughts: the best responses will be published here Thursday.