I understand completely. I enjoy both, because I have experienced both the book and the show. So, I have an understanding of both works.
I’m glad the show has encouraged many who had never heard of “A Song of Ice and Fire” to read the books.
However, when it comes to knowing millions of people will only ever watch the show, it saddens me to know they will never witness Martin’s work in its pure form. In this sense, I understand exactly where you are coming from.
We all have things that are dear to us, because they helped us through bad times. I’m glad you had this book series. I’m sure you are not alone in preferring to see the books untarnished by the HBO series.