Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Most Daunting Pop Culture Edition

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Several years ago, during a viewing of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, a couple of friends told me that I really needed to read George RR Martin’s ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ novels which, at the time, consisted of four massive tomes of material.  Though I’m a fan of Martin’s work from the ‘Wild Cards’ shared universe novels, I balked at the sheer size of the material, instead choosing to watch ‘Heavy Metal’ for the 847th time.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy new things, but as I age, the impetus to join in and read/watch/listen to massive undertakings becomes less and less powerful.  Hell, it’s hard enough to keep straight the stories I already have in my head, what with four Legion of Super-Heroes timelines, three Star Trek series (I disavow ‘ST: Voyager’) plus an alternate timeline, two or three G.I. Joe continuities and nearly a dozen versions of ‘Transformers’ that I’m already aware of.  People whose opinions I value keep telling me that Martin’s stuff is must-read, and I do expect that I’ll get to it before he or I finally shuffle off the coil, but right now there just SO MUCH of it, which leads us to today’s Brobdingnagian query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is also very much afraid of the continuity nightmares of keeping the ‘Game Of Thrones’ TV show and novels straight, which was a major factor in my abandoning both narratives of ‘The Walking Dead’, asking: What pop-culture series just seems too daunting to even start?