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George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.

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The rights of the author are often overlooked for the sake of the reader. For those unaware George R.R. Martin is the best selling author of A Song of Ice and Fire (Fantasy Series). What Tolkien was to generations past, he is to ours. Ask anyone who reads heavy fantasy of an epic nature and George R.R. Martin’s name will inevitably pop up, along side Steven Erikson, Terry Brooks, & R.A. Salvatore to name a few. A long running argument on various bulletin boards, discussion forums, and coffee houses focuses on what the author owes the reader, specifically George R.R. Martin. Martin has released only 4 of his books in a series that is projected to be at 5 or 6. Martin on average has released each subsequent book in the series at 4 or 5 year intervals. This frustrates many of his fans because Martin keeps an active blog [ Which I urge you to check out. ] Martin actively tours, blogs, writes short stories, etc, and according to certain critics anything short of writing the next book in the series is betrayal, and this is apparently unacceptable. While I often am frustrated by the length of time that each book takes for the next release, I also understand that he’s a fellow human being and has a life on his own. He doesn’t owe the reader anything, it is our privilege to read works that he shares with the world. 

As Erin put it: “What have you written lately?” 


Neil Gaiman recently responded to a question on his blog which tackles this issue. Enjoy and try to keep in mind Mr. Gaiman’s advice: “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.” 

Also, Neil Gaiman is one of the most hilarious and fun twitterers(is that right?) to follow, enjoy and follow him @neilhimself. 

Written by thebeliever07

May 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

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  1. It’s true. I did say that.


    May 15, 2009 at 10:21 am

  2. Also, I wonder if this type of ridiculous demand is more unique to series’s books? Readers (I among them) waited seven years for Ondaatje’s latest book, and nine for Michael’s. As far as I know, no one was on their cases about their writing poetry and giving lectures on tour between those books. Most reviewers are claiming Michael’s book (like Ondaatje’s) was well worth the wait. If we have realistic expectations of most non-series novelists, why do we apply different, non-realistic expectations to series writers.

    I’ll happily wait another nine years for Ondaatje, or Michaels, or Gaiman, if I must. They obviously know more about the writing process and the demands of their lives than I do. Also, I’ve got lots of stuff to do.


    May 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

    • Omit that “‘s” on series.


      May 15, 2009 at 10:49 am

  3. I often get on Martin’s case, but the writing process is kind of like having your mouth taped shut. You know what you want to say, but it never comes out right. In any case, I’d rather wait for the book and know it’s going to be good, unlike James Patterson who seems to have something coming out monthly and can’t write worth a damn.


    May 15, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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