I tried. I did. And I failed.
I tried watching Game of Thrones and didn't make it past the first 4 episodes. I might try again.
I just tried reading the book and only got about half-way through it before putting it down in favor of picking up the Hobbit again.
This weekend in Illinois was a good metaphor for this. Winter had been coming then it was in the 60s (with tornadoes) all weekend.
Recently I had been a big Conan kick thanks to +Jason Vey and I was impressed on how good they were now reading as an adult than when I tried reading them as a kid. I had hoped that GoT was going to be similar in that respect (better than I remembered). No such luck.
Though I love the imagery of a long winter coming after a period of long summer, I would have thought the people of the world would have been more anxious about it's coming. Maybe in later books. Still though I could not help but think this was the same planet from the 4th Doctor's Key to Time episode, The Ribos Operation. Something I am planning on using in my current AD&D game.
Maybe I should try to reread Jack Vance now. I actually enjoyed what little I read of the Dying Earth books.