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4. It's less subtle - which is a good thing
One thing you can never say about George R.R. Martin is that he's too obvious with his writing. The stories told in the books contain so many long-standing mysteries that still haven't even begun to unravel, with Jon Snow's mother being one example. Sure, the clues are there, and the fans have been able to create some very convincing theories, but Martin often avoids outright telling things to the readers, preferring to subtly imply them. This adds to the grand feel of the story - the world doesn't revolve around the main characters, and so there are things left unknown to them. However, this can sometimes hurt the experience.
Take, for instance, the aspect of the books that the TV series seems to exaggerate most: the sexuality of Renly Baratheon and his relationship with The Knight of Flowers Loras Tyrell. In the books, the relationship was only implied with a few subtle lines - in fact, the entire thing was so easy to miss that the author had to publicly confirm it afterwards. Loras' line about Renly's passing, ""When the sun has set, no candle can replace it," was probably the most solid confirmation of their relationship that the book offered, which could've easily been interpreted as a knight's loyalty towards his former king.
The show on the other hand makes the romance between the two men very clear. They are seen sharing a bed together, and their relationship, as well as sexuality, is explicitly stated by multiple characters, with Olenna Tyrell even going as far as describing Loras "a sword swallower." Some might question the significance of bringing the sexuality and the relationship between these characters so prominently forward, but I feel that the romantic relationship of one of the possible kings of Westeros, as well as his and and Loras' homosexuality in an unaccepting society, is rather important to the story, and I'm glad that the show decided to present it more clearly than the books.