George R.R. Martin Says That HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Ending Won’t Influence His Books
In an interview with The Observer, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin reflects on the cost of fame, as well as the detrimental effect the TV adaption of his novels had on his writing.
“I don’t think [the TV series] was very good for me. The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40’.”
Martin goes on to assure readers that his future novels shall not be influenced by the ending of the TV series:
“It doesn’t change anything at all … You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”
It will be interesting to see how Martin’s novels differ from the divisive final season of the HBO series (or if they even make it to the end in the first place). Watching an adaption of his own work, however, surely influenced Martin’s ideas on some level, subconsciously or otherwise. Like the “observer effect” in physics, the mere act of observation is bound to change the outcome.
Despite (wisely) staying clear of the intense backlash against season 8 of Thrones, Martin would have to be unplugged from the internet entirely to ignore the animosity against major plot points, some of which, like “King Bran the Broken,” are reportedly planned for his future novel.
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