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Not a fan of fanfiction, says George R. R. Martin

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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!

It is always fun to see our favourite actors play out radically different roles. Iain Glenn, who played the honourable and heroic Ser Jorah Mormont, was seen playing a not-so-heroic role in The Racer.

Directed by Kieron J Walsh, the movie circles around a series of scandals that took place at the 1998 Tour de France. The film was the opening film for the Cork International Film Festival. Though fictional, The Racer shows the dangerous lengths teams will go to for a competitive edge. Iain Glen plays the team’s Mr Fixit with the syringes and vials.

Iain Glenn talked to the Irish Examiner about the movie, “I studied documentaries and a couple of films just to get to know the world it occupied. What drew me to the script was it didn’t hold back its punches. I thought it was a very frank and honest, quite a wry, insightful look at a particularly bad period for drug abuse within the sport.”

He continued, “That tour became known as the Tour de Drugs because of the amount of drugs that were going down at the time. The people within the team and my character, certainly within the context of the film, didn’t have any great qualms about it – everyone was doing it and we were doing it as well. That was the norm. It’s ironic to think that (Lance) Armstrong was about to enjoy his great stretch as being the world-leading cyclist and he won so many tours in a row and this was prior to that. During Armstrong’s time, everyone thought the sport had got its act together a bit more.”

Earlier, Kit Harington was seen playing a shady role in Criminals Season 2. What do you think about the movie? Tell us in the comments below!

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The journey of life is an inexplicable mystery. No one knows what one might face in future. The only thing we can be sure of is making memories. These memories stay alive even after they are gone. The year 2020 proved to be a Red Wedding for people all around the world. Earth lost some of it’s brightest stars in the past year, including Game of ThronesDiana Rigg.

Diana Rigg, famous for her role Olenna Tyrell, was a revered figure in the entertainment industry. She was a force to reckon with. Her dominating presence brought directors to their knees. She delivered such a fabulous performance, the audience was left speechless.

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Rigg was exceptional as the Queen of Thorns. The veteran actress was also famous for being witty and fun-loving on set. In James Hibberd’s book Fire Cannot Kill A Dragon, producer and writer Dave Hill recalls working with Rigg. Rigg was visiting the brothel owned by Littlefinger, played by Aidan Gillen.

We were preparing for a scene where Olenna meets Littlefinger at the brothel,” Hill said. “And Dame Diana Rigg looked around and went, ‘Shouldn’t there be more sex toys? Shouldn’t there be sheepskin condoms scattered about?’

I’m all, ‘You’re absolutely correct, Dame Diana!’ We appreciated her knowledge of ancient sexual devices.”

The highly talented actress was also a motherly figure to the cast and crew. They remembered her on social media when she passed away. Talk to us in the comments below, and tell us how you miss the revered actress!

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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”- A Shakespearean phrase perfectly sums up the world as a theatre. Game of Thrones stars, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), shared their theatre experience with Vogue.

Vogue presented the Game of Thrones alums with a host of questions. Here’s how they responded:

Vogue: What do you love the most about        theatre?  

Emilia: Oh my goodness! What I love most about going to the theatre… Never thought about it before, it’s the most beautiful experience.

Indira: It’s escape isn’t it?

Vogue: What is your most memorable moment in a theatre?  

Emilia: I was doing Holly GoLightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and there was a stupid scene. I was in a bath and this one particular night I’m butt-naked, slippery from being in the bath. I’m running and I just psssssh (making slipping and landing on butt gesture with hands). I was feeling like I had broken something and then the guys in the flies just being like- “Oh! You alright sweetie?”

Indira: I mean my very first performance. When I was 5 at school and I was angel Gabriel.

Vogue: What is your top tip for learning lines?  

Emilia: When I’m just by myself I do it to my cooker, my oven or I record myself or just badger friends.

Indira: My top tip for learning lines… (f*****g hate learning lines) I mean like I need tips myself. I think it’s about repetition.

Vogue: Sum up performing in theatre in 3 words.  

Emilia: Um raw, electric and home.

Indira: One word is never enough is it, um journalized, communication, fear.

Both the stars have earlier worked together in the theatre. Tell us what you think of theatre in the comments below!