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George R. R. Martin is definitely a great writer, and there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the most notable popular writers in the English language. The author recently discussed a few things about his life as a writer, and apparently he’s not a fan of fanfiction. Read on!

George recently accepted the Carl Sandburg Literary Award at an annual gala sponsored by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, where he gave a speech. The full speech is 40 minutes long. Check the video out, below:

Winter is Coming did a roundup of the most important bits from the interview. Starting off, George talked about finishing The Winds of Winter:

“It’s very important to me to finish A Song of Ice and Fire,[…] and I want to finish it strong, so people look at it and say, ‘This entire thing is an important work, not a half-finished or broken work.’ I know some of the more cynical people out there don’t believe that, but it is true.”

He also discussed his writing process, and said that he needs a distraction free chunk of time:

“When I’m really in a writing groove, my real life falls to pieces.”

He also talked about how there’s a pressure to finish the books, especially from some impatient fans. He then discussed violence in his works:

“If you’re gonna write about violence and killing, I think you should present it honestly. Just because you include dragons doesn’t mean that the whole thing should be removed from our human experience that we know about.”

He then said that he didn’t like fanfiction, and talked about why he didn’t:

“I don’t think it’s a good way to train to be a professional writer when you’re borrowing everybody else’s world and characters. That’s like riding a bike with training wheels. And then when I took the training wheels off, I fell over a lot, but at some point you have to take the training wheels off here. You have to invent your own characters, you have to do your own world-building, you can’t just borrow from Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas or me or whoever.

The other thing is there are all sorts of copyright issues when you’re using other people’s work…My understanding of the law is that if I knew about I would have to try to stop it, so just don’t tell me about it and do what you want there.

It’s not for me. I don’t wanna read it and I would not encourage people to write it.”

Well, he makes some great points. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments below!






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Well said, Martin. People can get inspiration from other people’s works, but they DO need to make up their own story, their own characters and events. I love your work, I am just finishing writing my Literature PhD thesis on “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the TV show “Game of Thrones”.I really admire you. I hope you be well, I wish you all the best. Thanks for writing fantasy so well.

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Alfie Allen talks about six-pack competitions on Game of Thrones and more

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Despite atrocities others inflicted upon him and he upon others, Theon Greyjoy made sure he stuck around till the end and earned the redemption he felt he deserved. The actor who played Theon, Alfie Allen talked to The Guardian about his six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in his life.

A total of 10 members from the cast of Game of Thrones were nominated for an Emmy last year, which included Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage (who won!). So, one can assume that there was some competition on set as well.

“At the beginning, me, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) were definitely in some sort of competition about who could be in the best shape. It’s not like we were comparing but there was definitely a macho vibe going around. But I wouldn’t say there was competition in any sense other than who had the best six-pack. And Kit would always win that,” Alfie explained.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Game of Thrones was a huge show; in terms of scale of production, budget, and the time invested by the cast and crew. The whole process went on for 10 long years. It’s difficult to devote such a large amount of time and be attached to something for this long; so, was there relief or longing at the end?

Alfie Allen said:

“I was excited to move on, without a doubt. I think there was always that fear from when we started: God, you know, this is going to be for quite a while. You don’t want to get sucked into thinking negatively about something that’s essentially a very positive thing, but I would fluctuate. The majority of the time, the feeling for me was: I either give it my all, or I piss and moan about it. Even if you are going to piss and moan about something, you’re going to use that emotion to the betterment of your character, and that’s what I tried to do.”

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Theon went through a moving arc along his journey in Game of Thrones. While his fall at the end protecting Bran from the Night King and his army was cheered by all, the end for the show itself came under a lot of criticism.

“People were just massively emotionally invested in it, and that’s testament to how great the show is. Things ended in a similar fashion with Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. There’s never a good ending and I think David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the showrunners) had a huge amount of pressure on them,” Allen remarked.

Alfie admitted that “it was isolating” to play Theon Greyjoy as the character was ridiculed at times”. The sheer amount of violence that Theon faced shook almost everyone. The brutal treatment of getting turned into Reek by Ramsay Bolton; the crisis of identity while being raised in Winterfell; it has made Allen think about men’s mental health.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

“I think it’s important that we talk about our problems without wearing that as some kind of badge of identity. Look at who is in power (in the USA). A lot of the bad decisions are down to toxic masculinity. If we can eradicate that, it’s going to be totally beneficial for future generations; and for any kind of kid growing up.”

His next film, Jojo Rabbit is a satire set in Nazi Germany, directed by Taika Waititi, who gave Allen a chance to apply comic timing and improvisations on set. He said, “Taika wants things to happen spontaneously.” In Game of Thrones however, the rules were strict.

“Dave and Dan (the showrunners/writers) are very precious about their words, and rightfully so. I think one of the only improvs that was allowed was ‘aye’. Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Kit Harington started saying ‘aye’, so Dave and Dan would allow the odd ‘aye’.”

He also spoke about people’s misconceptions and his ambitions:

“I don’t want to not care what people think, but at the same time I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong. I don’t see my career as a trajectory because I don’t feel like that’s going to bring me happiness. I think I am ambitious, but I don’t want to lose sight of my own emotional integrity and happiness. You have to be able to preserve that.”

He also hinted at the possibility of a project that’s dark and controversial, yet exciting; but he is still not fully sure about it. It was really pleasant and peaceful to hear Alfie speak about his life. We hope that whatever happens, he is always able to be home! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.






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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a while now, but we’re still obsessing over it. It seems like we might not be the only ones still not over the show as in a recent interview Kit Harington who played the role of Jon Snow revealed that he still thinks about the show a lot and also look back on some of his older fondest memories from the show.  Read on!

Kit was recently at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards where he was the only Game of Thrones actor nominated for one. Ryan Seacrest of E! Caught up with them for a short interview bit on the red carpet. Check the video out:

Seacrest noted he was the only Game of Thrones member present at the awards (except Jason Momoa). Kit said:

“I haven’t got my gang. It’s odd. I haven’t been to these things without the rest of us around. So I’m a little jealous of the Succession dudes.”

Kit was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) category but did not win. Seacrest then asked him if he still thought about Jon Snow:

“I think about him all the time. It was always just getting into costume the first day back, getting into that outfit and just sort of being back on set, back with him on character. I loved it. It’s in retrospect that you start loving it. It does go by fast. Ten years, like that.”

Well, we hope Kit knows that we miss Jon Snow just as much as he does.  what do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones cast members discuss the reasons behind the success of the show

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Games of Thrones cast dissects the success of the show

Game of Thrones ended its glorious run of eight seasons earlier this year. During its run, the show garnered immense following and success. Ever since the show finished its run, there have been lots of postmortem of the show by fans and critics alike. Recently the cast joined in the discussion and tried to explain their reasons for the mammoth success of the show. Read on to find out!

Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kristofer Hivju, Richard Dormer, Jerome Flynn, and Isaac Hempstead Wright recently spoke to IGN and answered questions in their own candid style.

Games of Thrones' cast dissects the success of the show

On asked about why the show became such a global cultural phenomenon, Maisie Williams gestured towards herself!

Sophie Turner on the other hand said:

“Fantastical elements that gave the escapism, the very human interaction and emotions” was what she believed was the perfect combination.

Kristofer Hivju a.k.a. Tormund Giantsbane on the show thought:

“It is so much that is unexpected, it doesn’t follow any rules of storytelling.” He also added the sheer amount of hard work that about 2000 people put in on the show had also something to do about making the show a giant success.

Jerome Flynn that played the character of Bronn on the show said:

“The richness of character that George originally created had so much wide array of emotions. The job the makers did of translating the characters from book to the screen and also the epic nature that HBO brought to the show”

Flynn believed are all part of the reasons why the show was such a massive success. Isaac Hempstead on the other hand believed:

“The attention to detail on the show was unparalleled. Literally, the books on the show were handwritten by the props department and you might only see it for 2 minutes..”

He also credited writer George R. R. Martin for creating such a vast universe through his books.

Wasn’t it nice to see the whole cast talking about the show so fondly? Let us know why you thought the show became such a big success?






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