George R.R. Martin Says ‘F— You’ To Doubts He’ll Finish ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’
George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the novels which serve as the basis for HBO’s Game of Thrones, is really getting fed up with people online speculating that he’s going to die before he finishes the series. (If you think I’m kidding, check out http://www.isgeorgerrmartindead.com/, a site dedicated to not only answering the question of whether Martin is alive or not, but also what the likelihood is that he’ll finish the books on time)
Martin addressed all the grim death speculation in an interview with Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.
“I find that question pretty offensive, frankly, when people start speculating about my death and my health,” the author said, before adding, “So f— you to those people,” a statement he punctuated with a middle finger. Because he’s a New Jersey native and is having none of this bulls—.
However, Martin did speak frankly about the reasons that the last two books in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, are taking so long to finish.
“My early novels, I finished [in] a year each. This series, Ice and Fire, has taken longer than that. But lately I have been slowing down,” Martin explained. “I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m getting older—it’s partly that, but I also think it’s partly that the series is so much more successful, that there comes demands that come with the success.”
Martin elaborated, “There’s the television show, which demands a certain amount of my attention; there’s all the other spinoff things, games…A writer’s work is not just limited to writing the books.” In short, Martin clarified, “I don’t know what I can do about it—I can’t write many more than one word at a time,” said Martin. “I’m 65 years old now; I’ve been writing professionally since 1971. I know my working methods. I don’t work when I travel, I don’t work in hotels, I don’t work on airplanes, I don’t work on trains. I work at home, when I have a nice, big uninterrupted block of time in which I can really lose myself in my work. And it’s worked for me for my entire adult life. I’m not going to change it now because some people are too impatient to wait for the next book.”
So I guess the best we can do is hope and pray that he gets to finish the series on his own terms. As an author of such an exhaustively engaging work, I think he’s earned that right.
Via: Entertainment Weekly