I hope to come back to this thread to post something more profound but I'm starting with something I can type without engaging my brain in gear. A list of five characters where I prefer the book version and five characters where I prefer the show version.
Ones I liked better in the books (I don't mean to detract any of the actors/actresses because they acted with what they were given).
Ellaria Sand (though season 4 Ellaria was true to her book counterpart I felt)
The Sands were a lot less hateful in the books I thought.
Honourable mention - I preferred Jeyne Westerling to Talisa.
Characters I liked better in the show
Gendry (I might have thought differently if I hadn't first encountered Gendry in an audio version of the books. I really like Roy Dotrice but he did make book Gendry sound a bit dim).
Davos - book Davos didn't have much charisma (for me anyway). He seemed just to be there to give a voice to Stannis - well I know in ADWD Lord Manderley sends him away to try and find Rickon.
Varys - again it might have been the somewhat 'mincing' (to my mind) voice that Roy Dotrice gave him in the audio version.
Euron - that may be an unpopular opinion but I didn't find book Euron 'awesome'. I thought he was detestable.
Cersei - in AFFC Cersei's backstory was revealed but book Cersei was something of a stereotypical villainess (in my opinion at all).
I can't think of an honourable mention at present but I can always edit this later if I think of one.
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