The Life & Times of an Auteur.

Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Monday, June 3, 2013

"What can you say to someone who says they’ll never read your book again? People read books for different reasons. I respect that. Some read for comfort. And some of my former readers have said their life is hard, their mother is sick, their dog died, and they read fiction to escape. They don’t want to get hit in the mouth with something horrible. And you read that certain kind of fiction where the guy will always get the girl and the good guys win and it reaffirms to you that life is fair. We all want that at times. There’s a certain vicarious release to that. So I’m not dismissive of people who want that. But that’s not the kind of fiction I write, in most cases. It’s certainly not what Ice and Fire is. It tries to be more realistic about what life is. It has joy, but it also had pain and fear. I think the best fiction captures life in all its light and darkness."
- George R.R. Martin


  1. Wise, thought provoking words from Mr. Martin. Fictional stories can sometimes be fantastic escapism, other times be more true to life, in both the good and bad ways. I think "the best fiction" can be either one: it all depends on how it's written and how "real" it feels to you.

  2. Very well put. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something where the good guys always win without any real scratches, but most of my favorite fiction has some horrible things happen in it as well as wonderful things.

    To varying degrees, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, Babylon 5/Crusade, His Dark Materials, Battlestar Galactica/Caprica, Final Fantasy, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dark Angel, Gargoyles, Young Justice, Once Upon a Time, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth (no deaths in the original movie, but in the manga Return to Labyrinth), Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, The Sandman, American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, Abhorsen, Deltora Quest, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Doctor Who/Torchwood/The Sarah Jane Adventures, Kings, the 10th Kingdom, Sherlock, TRON (Legacy and Uprising at least) all fit that definition.

    A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the grittiest series I'm into, but I think it has a lot of character.

  3. My family was losing their shit over the end of the last episode (i already knew from the books).

  4. I'll give George Martin this, I like his approach to characters being brought back from the dead. If a character DOES ever come back to life in his stories, it's not entirely the same. They never go back to the same boat as they were before death. That's the way I prefer a character resurrection.

    It's why people didn't bitch about ones like Jason Todd being brought back because he didn't just go back to being Robin. Unlike Barry Allen who came back to being Flash and replaced a far more interesting character when he was resurrected.