Yes, the show has done a good job at how evil he is but IMO he's more evil in the book. In the books he owns a pack of dogs.. "Ramsay's bitches." He would torture people and let them "escape" kinda like how he let Theon escape in the show. He would then take his pack of dogs and hunt them down. If he caught them, he would flay them, chop 'em up, and feed them to his dogs.
From the ASoiaF wiki: Ramsay openly enjoys abusive and sick practices such as having young women stripped naked and released into the Bolton forests, before hunting them with a pack of feral dogs. He gives a quick death to women who give him good sport (after raping them first), then flays their corpses. He likes to name his dogs after the women he enjoys most to "honor" them. The women who don't give him good sport are raped and then flayed alive. All the skins of his kills are brought back with him to the Dreadfort as gruesome trophies. The bodies of the woman are fed to his dogs.
He is miles more psychotic than Joffrey.
I think Ramsay is just Joffrey with more years of experience and an environment conducive to his sick behaviour. When Joffrey was a kid he cut open a cat to see the kittens. That's some serious psychopathic shit right there. Joffrey is slipping into mad king territory
I haven't read the books (yet). So what I said about Ramsay was solely based on what I'd seen on the show. You guys obviously know a lot more about it.. Crazy stuff in the citations.
Would you guys recommend the books to someone who has already seen the show?
On a side note, the writer must be a bit sick in a way too, coming up with characters like Ramsay and Joffrey.
Sure. It's obviously a lot more dense than the show, but most of the people talking about the books on this forum got into the books because of the show. Knowing the show makes the books more accessible probably.
The writer is a bit of an amateur historian. It's not hard to find inspiration for characters like Joffrey, people have been up to some fucked up shit since the dawn of time.
Well since your name has King in it... You are actually obliged! I took some London coworkers to 42nd Street Manhattan and we went into the odd ball, like Guinness museum of oddities, right there next to the wax museum. Low and behold they have a hughe medieval section to it. I was like wow, now I look like some crazy nut for taking them there. But we have this real big museum called the Cloisters, a true top notch museum, which is really detailed and dedicated to that time. Thank God for Cambridge and Oxford or we would still be dealing with the Joffreys of the world. There could be no greater gift to the world.