I wanted to make a strong mother character. The portrayal women in epic fantasy have been problematical for a long time. These books are largely written by men but women also read them in great, great numbers. And the women in fantasy tend to be very atypical women… They tend to be the woman warrior or the spunky princess who wouldn’t accept what her father lays down, and I have those archetypes in my books as well.
However, with Catelyn there is something reset for the Eleanor of Aquitaine, the figure of the woman who accepted her role and functions with a narrow society and, nonetheless, achieves considerable influence and power and authority despite accepting the risks and limitations of this society.
She is also a mother… Then, a tendency you can see in a lot of other fantasies is to kill the mother or to get her off the stage. She’s usually dead before the story opens… Nobody wants to hear about King Arthur’s mother and what she thought or what she was doing, so they get her off the stage and I wanted it too. And that’s Catelyn.
Martin will release ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister,’ a collection of “clever and naughty quips” from the beloved character, this Christmas, mostly because he hates his fans.
George loves his fans. I know this because I’ve spoken with him at length about that very subject. Also, as Neil Gaiman put it so eloquently, George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.
I get that it’s amusing to fire off some snarky joke about how George hates his fans, but wouldn’t it be more interesting to really look at how this book came together? Do you actually think George sat down, stopped what he was doing, and wrote a book of brand new Tyrion Lannister quotes? Oh, wait, that’s not what he did, and I know this because I read the announcement from Harper Collins: “The hardback title will gather together “clever and naughty quips” from the popular character from A Song of Ice and Fire series.”
Or can we apply Occam’s Razor for a moment and consider:
1) Game of Thrones is wildly popular at the moment,
2) Tyrion Lannister is one of the most popular characters on the show,
3) A bunch of business people at Harper Collins saw an opportunity to have an editor cull existing material, add an introduction or a few other words from George throughout, and laugh all the way to the bank.
I don’t know what George is writing at the moment, and while I hope that it’s more ASoIaF, I also hope he’s enjoying the process, because he’s earned it. He owes us nothing, and the only thing we should ever say to George is Thank You.
|George Stroumboulopoulos:||There's one thing that's interesting about your books. I noticed that you write women really well and really different. Where does that come from?|
|George R.R. Martin:||You know, I've always considered women to be people.|
ASOIAF Challenge - Most Powerful Lines Part II (2-7/13)
“Oh, I know, I know.”
“I could keep you safe.”
“Is there gold in the village?”
“Promise me, Ned.”
“A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall made of ice and filled the air with sweetness.”
“And later I dreamt that maid again, slaying a savage giant in a castle built of snow.”
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“There are many different kinds of writers, I like to use the analogy of architects and gardeners. There are some writers who are architects, and they plan everything, they blueprint everything, and they know before the drive the first nail into the first board what the house is going to look like and where all the closets are going to be, where the plumbing is going to run, and everything is figured out on the blueprints before they actually begin any work whatsoever. And then there are gardeners who dig a little hole and drop a seed in and water it with their blood and see what comes up, and sort of shape it. They sort of know what seed they’ve planted — whether it’s an oak or an elm, or a horror story or a science fiction story, but they don’t how big it’s going to be, or what shape it’s going to take. I am much more a gardener than an architect.”
happy 64th birthday, George R. R. Martin! [20 September 1948]