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George R. R. Martin Claims Female Fans Want More Gay Sex Scenes, and Talks the 'Song of Ice and Fire' Ending

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | August 12, 2014 | Comments ()


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George R. R. Martin is bewildered by fans requesting more gay sex. “I don’t pretend to understand this.” Game of Thrones has not only increased the author’s popularity and raised his public profile; it’s also upped Martin’s fan mail suggestions and flat-out requests. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Martin said the HBO series has caused women to write, “begging for more explicit sex scenes” and in particular, an explicit male sex scene. While the writer says he wouldn’t shy away from such things, neither would he write them…just because. “You can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them.”

On Writing His Books from Character Viewpoints:

“Frankly, it is the way I prefer to write fiction because that is the way all of us experience life. You’re seeing me from your viewpoint, you’re not seeing what someone over here is seeing. If the plot lends itself to that, if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I’m not going to shy away from it, but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them…It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did.”


On Who Inspired Brienne of Tarth:

“I enjoyed Xena the Warrior Princess a lot but I did not think it was an accurate portrayal of what a women warrior was or would be like, and I sort of created Brienne of Tarth as an answer to that.

I was inspired by people like Eleanor of Aquitaine and not so much Joan of Arc, but the queens of Scottish history, from Lady Macbeth on down - strong women who didn’t put on chain-mail bikinis to go forth into battle, but exercised immense powers by other ways.”


On Writing Fantasy, and Literary Prejudice Against Science Fiction and Fantasy:

“I’ve been aware of this since I was a kid and I take heart with the fact that it is changing. When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by Heinlein and Asimov and say: ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner.’ If I’d been reading Silas Marner, I probably would have stopped reading.

These things are breaking down. It is an artificial distinction anyway - literary fiction in its present form is a genre itself.”


On Speculation and Theories of How A Song of Ice and Fire Will End:

“I’ve been planting all these clues that the butler did it, then you’re halfway through a series and suddenly thousands of people have figured out that the butler did it, and then you say the chambermaid did it? No, you can’t do that.

I’ve wrestled with this issue, 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. But I can’t change the plans. That’s one of the reasons I used to read the early fan boards back in the 90s but stopped. One, I didn’t have the time, but two is this very issue. So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bullshit and creative, some of the theories are right. 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.

So what do I do then? Do I change it! I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can’t do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don’t read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘see, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys’.”


Does this mean that theory just might be correct? Oh, and have I mentioned my own theory dirty dream about Oberyn Martell being miraculously returned to life after having been scooped up by Twelve and Clara seconds before the Mountain…did that completely unacceptable thing (of which we’ll never speak again)?


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) swears she hasn’t written any sex letters to GRRM.

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