“The tale grew in the telling.” -JRR Tolkien
Last week, Martin’s publisher admitted what fans already suspected–The Winds of Winter, the six of the seven novel cycle that makes of A Song of Ice and Fire would not be released in 2015, because it was not ready to launch alongside the hit TV series. They tried to make up for that disappointment by repackaging Dunk and Egg, but it’s not the same, and we know it.
But what’s interesting is what they have released. In a odd bit of timing, Waterstones unearthed–and then proceeded to tweet out–a three page letter from Martin dated 1993. (The tweet has since been deleted, but not before everyone screengrabbed it.) This three page letter contains George RR Martin’s original pitch for Game of Thrones. Not included in the tweet were the first 170 pages which this letter was basically the cover sheet for.
Images of the letter below.
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It started out as a fun game on George RR Martin’s twitter feed. Then it became a bit of a train-wreck, as fans assumed it was a countdown to the release of Winds of Winter. But that’s all settled now, and with the advent of the holiday upon us, the 12 Days of Westerosi Christmas have been told.
Days 8-12 below. For the first six, check out our original post here.
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As Martin explained on his livejournal after the first couple of these, this is *not* a countdown to The Winds of Winter. (As if! His publishers would have told us this weeks ago if it was, and it would be on my preorder list on Amazon if it was.)
This is merely Martin’s publisher’s own version of the 12 Days of Christmas. After all, why should good old JK have all the fun? And since it’s only 118 characters (because the pictures take up 22!), it’s not distracting from his writing TWOW….much. Let’s check out the other days, shall we?
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A couple of months back, George RR Martin had a rather unfortunate couple of remarks to fans over diversity in the fantasy genre. To be fair, the fact that he weighed in at all was to be commended. Many authors of his stature and current relevance could have easily ignored the commenters asking these questions on his NotABlog. The fact that he regularly interacts, and is willing to speak to these sorts of issues, especially when his fans of color pose them, is more than most would have done in his shoes.
That his answers were not great was unfortunate at the time. But when people interact with each other, they can come away having learned something. And even better, it looks like Martin has done just that.
Continue reading George RR Martin Talks Fantasy, Culture and Diversity
I WILL TAKE WHAT I ORDERED WITH FIRE AND.… well, with a frappacino and a croissant, actually, thanks.
While I’m ignoring you (and posting may be slightly lighter while I deep dive into this amazing thing), feel free to check out the talk Martin gave at the 92Y over the weekend.
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Meanwhile, I promise that the sky will be blue, rain will fall down instead of up, and my cat will eat tuna.
Here’s the quote, taken from a much longer interview conducted at Freemason’s Hall in London:
“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that,” Martin explained, “and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”
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Martin was at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival earlier this week, talking about Books Six and Seven, which though unfinished, are plotted out. When it comes to major characters, all deaths have been decided. It’s just minor characters who still are up in the air.
But the real quote was this:
“I’ve wrestled with [the issue of fan speculation online], because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don’t want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn’t see coming … At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.
Continue reading George RR Martin Says Fans Have Guessed The Ending