Originally Posted by Hyperspace
Then you should to read more ASOIAF, specifically ADWD. And Melisandre's POV.
So you admit you could be wrong, but still get outraged at the show? There are few things more annoying on these forums that nerd rage from "book purists" who don't even know the books half as well as they think. They keep reading the books with blinders half on, ignoring what does not fit their preconceived notions about certain characters. Stannis has many positive attributes, BUT he is a hypocrite, and a particularly self-deluded one. That is my opinion.
I've read all but Dance With Dragons four times. Dance I only read once, so I'm alloting that there may have been a line in Mel's chapter I missed that alluded to Stannis sleeping with her, but in all my readthroughs I never saw any evidence that Stannis had a sexual affair with Mel. You can say that his wedding was under the old gods and therefore invalid, but it was his wife that brought Mel in and converted everyone to R'hllor, and it is his wife's men who are most fervent believers, so the notion that Mel would be sleeping with her husband just doesn't jive in the books. I'll try to dig up some proof to back up a sexual relationship, but as far as I know, it's only alluded to by people other than Stannis and Mel speculating as to their relationship.
And I'm not outraged by the show. I understand the need to change things in an adaptation. I just think it's a big departure from the character of Stannis as I know him in the books. I've been wrong about things concerning theories in the books before, so I'm not saying my interpretation is the "end all be all." For instance, I knew Renly was gay, so that wasn't a big shocker for me when they showed it in the show (though I think it might have been better had they alluded to it rather than showing what they did). So I grant its possible that Stannis could have an affair with Mel, though I do think it doesn't jive with the Stannis I've come to know from the books.
I think Stannis is a man who holds tight to honor, vows, and justice. He is a hard and unrelenting man, so I simply can't picture him giving into Mel the way he did in the show. He might want to cheat on his wife, but his honor would never allow it - not because he wasn't in love, but because he took a vow, and something like that is important to Stannis. It is why Davos's words keep him from saching his own bannermen atfter the defeat on the Blackwater. I'm not saying he doesn't have self interest, but he has a code of honor and justice that helps to dictate his actions.
One just has to look at that ridiculous scene between Littlefinger and Cercei last episode to see that the writers really don't have as strong a handle on who these characters are as they should. I mean, the Littlefinger from the books would NEVER speak that way to the Queen. It's even out of character from the Littlefinger they set up in their own show. So is it so hard to believe they mucked up Stannis as well?
I'm certainly not a "book purist" as you put it, otherwise I wouldn't be able to watch this show since they take so many liberties with the source material. But when they mess with the core of beloved characters like that, it just disappoints me that the producers aren't able to capture the magic of the books and translate that to the screen. They can make Stannis out to be weak when it comes to pussy, that's fine. But that's not the Stannis I know from the books.