He further confirmed that some of the plot of the book might be revealed in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Martin is only firm about ending the series with the seventh novel "until I decide not to be firm".
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On the other hand, Martin noted the challenge to avoid a situation like the finale of the TV series Lost , which left some fans disappointed by deviating too far from their own theories and desires. This included the end stories for all the core characters. Deviations from the books' storylines were considered, but a two-year hiatus to wait for new books was not an option for them as the child actors continue to grow and the show's popularity would wane. Regarding A Song of Ice and Fire as his masterpiece, Martin is certain never to write anything on this scale again and would only return to this fictional universe in the context of stand-alone novels.
Martin believes the most profound influences to be the ones experienced in childhood. Lovecraft , Robert E. Howard , Robert A. Heinlein , Eric Frank Russell , Andre Norton ,  Isaac Asimov ,  Fritz Leiber , and Mervyn Peake  in his youth, Martin never categorized these authors' literature into science fiction, fantasy, or horror and will write from any genre as a result. Martin experienced some harsh winters when living in Dubuque a few years in the s, and suspects these winters had an influence on his writing; "I think a lot of the stuff in A Game of Thrones , the snow and ice and freezing, comes from my memories of Dubuque".
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The medieval setting has been the traditional background for epic fantasy. However, where historical fiction leaves versed readers knowing the historical outcome,  original characters may increase suspense and empathy for the readers. Martin is widely credited with broadening the fantasy fiction genre for adult content, including incest, paedophilia, and adultery. Setting out to write something on an epic scale,  Martin projected to write three books of manuscript pages in the very early stages of the series. Martin said he needed to be in his own office in Santa Fe, New Mexico to immerse himself in the fictional world and write.
Martin drew much inspiration from actual history for the series,  having several bookcases filled with medieval history for research  and visiting historic European landmarks. The story is written to follow principal landmarks with an ultimate destination, but leaves Martin room for improvisation. On occasion, improvised details significantly affected the planned story.
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For instance, Martin has inconsistently referred to certain characters' eye colors, and has described a horse as being of one sex and then another. The books are divided into chapters, each one narrated in the third person limited through the eyes of a point of view character,  an approach Martin learned himself as a young journalism student. The short-lived one-time POV characters are mostly restricted to the prologues and epilogues. Modeled on The Lord of the Rings , the story of A Song of Ice and Fire begins with a tight focus on a small group with everyone in Winterfell , except Daenerys and then splits into separate stories.
The storylines are to converge again, but finding the turning point in this complex series has been difficult for Martin and has slowed down his writing. Depending on the interview, Martin is said to have reached the turning point in A Dance with Dragons ,  or to not quite have reached it yet in the books. The chapters are later rearranged to optimize character intercutting, chronology, and suspense.
Influenced by his television and film scripting background, Martin tries to keep readers engrossed by ending each A Song of Ice and Fire chapter with a tense or revelational moment, a twist or a cliffhanger , similar to a TV act break. Each book shall represent a phase of the journey that ends in closure for most characters. A smaller portion of characters is left with clear-cut cliffhangers to make sure readers come back for the next installment, although A Dance with Dragons had more cliffhangers than Martin originally intended.
The unresolved larger narrative arc encourages speculation about future story events. Regarding the characters as the heart of the story,  Martin planned the epic A Song of Ice and Fire to have a large cast of characters and many different settings from the beginning. However, their backstory remains subject to change until written down in the story. Martin deliberately ignored the writing rule of never giving two characters names starting with the same letter. Henry V of England. The family names were designed in association with ethnic groups see backstory : the First Men in the North of Westeros had very simply descriptive names like Stark and Strong, whereas the descendants of the Andal invaders in the South have more elaborate, undescriptive house names like Lannister or Arryn, and the Targaryens and Valyrians from the Eastern continent have the most exotic names with the letter Y.
All characters are designed to speak with their own internal voices to capture their views of the world.
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He returns to the intended story if it does not work out, but these detours sometimes prove more rewarding for him. As the character most deeply involved in magic, Bran's story needs to be handled carefully within the supernatural aspects of the books. Bran is also the youngest viewpoint character,  and has to deal with the series' adult themes like grief, loneliness, and anger.
Martin hoped the planned five-year break would ease the situation and age the children to almost adults in terms of the Seven Kingdoms, but he later dropped the five-year gap see section Bridging the timeline gap. Although modern fantasy may often embrace strangeness, A Song of Ice and Fire series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism.
A common theme in the fantasy genre is the battle between good and evil ,  which Martin rejects for not mirroring the real world. Although fantasy comes from an imaginative realm, Martin sees an honest necessity to reflect the real world where people die sometimes ugly deaths, even beloved people. According to Martin, the fantasy genre rarely focuses on sex and sexuality,  instead often treating sexuality in a juvenile way or neglecting it completely. Martin provides a variety of female characters to explore the place of women in a patriarchal society.
Science Fiction Weekly stated in that "few would dispute that Martin's most monumental achievement to date has been the groundbreaking A Song of Ice and Fire historical fantasy series",  for which reviews have been "orders of magnitude better" than for his previous works, as Martin described to The New Yorker. Martin earned his following the hard way, by word of mouth, by hooking his characters into the psyche of his readers to an extent that most writers of fantasy only dream of.
Publishers Weekly noted in that "Martin may not rival Tolkien or Robert Jordan , but he ranks with such accomplished medievalists of fantasy as Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson. Martin their Author of the Year The slim pickings here are tasty, but in no way satisfying. According to the Los Angeles Times , "Martin's brilliance in evoking atmosphere through description is an enduring hallmark of his fiction, the settings much more than just props on a painted stage", and the novels captivate readers with "complex storylines, fascinating characters, great dialogue, perfect pacing, and the willingness to kill off even his major characters".
Every town has an elaborately recalled series of triumphs and troubles. At the end, I felt shaken and exhausted. If you pay attention, you will be rewarded and questions will be answered. Jordison detailed his misgivings about A Game of Thrones in a review and summarized "It's daft. It's unsophisticated.
And yet, I couldn't stop reading Archaic absurdity aside, Martin's writing is excellent. His dialogue is snappy and frequently funny. His descriptive prose is immediate and atmospheric, especially when it comes to building a sense of deliciously dark foreboding [of the long impending winter].
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That when things are, on the whole, pretty crappy [in the real world], it's a deep joy to dive headfirst into something so completely immersive, something from which there is no need to surface from hours at a time. And if that immersion involves dragons, magic, wraiths from beyond death, shapeshifting wolves and banished princes, so be it. Academic literary criticism has been slow to engage with the series; there will likely be much more criticism if and when the series is completed. The first scholarly monograph on the series is George R.
The reported overall sales figures of the A Song of Ice and Fire series vary. Martin's publishers initially expected A Game of Thrones to be a best-seller,  but the first installment did not even reach any lower positions in bestseller list. The series gained Martin's old writings new attention, and Martin's American publisher Bantam Spectra was to reprint his out-of-print solo novels. The fourth installment, A Feast for Crows , was an immediate best-seller at its release,  hitting number one on "The New York Times" hardcover fiction bestseller list November 27, , which for a fantasy novel suggested that Martin's books were attracting mainstream readers.
Bantam was looking forward to seeing the tie-ins boost sales further,  and Martin's British publisher Harper Voyager expected readers to rediscover their other epic fantasy literature. At its point of publication in July , A Dance with Dragons was in its sixth print with more than , hardbacks in print. The TV series has contributed significantly boosting sales of both the books and collectibles like box-sets, merchandise, and other items. The TV series also contributed in increasing the geographic coverage of the books, introducing new customers in emerging countries like India and Brazil to the book series.
All this has significantly increased the overall book sales. Martin on his blog in . During the s and early s, Martin's novels had slowly earned him a reputation in science fiction circles,  although he said to only have received a few fans' letters a year in the pre-internet days.
Their founders and other longtime members are among Martin's good friends. Martin runs an official website  and administers a lively blog with the assistance of Ty Franck. While Martin calls the majority of his fans "great", and enjoys interacting with them,  some of them turned against him because of the six years it took to release A Dance with Dragons. Few contemporary authors can claim to have inspired such passion.
Martin has written several prequel novellas. The Tales of Dunk and Egg series, three novellas set 90 years before the events of the novel series, feature the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall and his squire "Egg", who later became King Aegon V Targaryen. The first installment, The Hedge Knight , was published in the anthology Legends. The novella The Princess and the Queen or, the Blacks and the Greens appeared in Tor Books 's anthology Dangerous Women and explains some of the Targaryen backstory two centuries before the events of the novels.
All three of these stories were incorporated as parts of Fire and Blood , a book chronicling the history of the Targaryen line. Chapter sets from the novels were also compiled into three novellas that were released between and by Asimov's Science Fiction and Dragon :. The first volume was released on November 20, The network picked up the show for a second season covering A Clash of Kings two days later. Shortly after the season 3 premiere in March , the network announced that Game of Thrones would be returning for a fourth season, which would cover the second half of A Storm of Swords along with the beginnings of A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons.
The eighth and final season premiered on April 14, A Song of Ice and Fire has spawned an industry of spin-off products. Fantasy Flight Games released a collectible card game , a board game , and two collections of artwork inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire series.
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