Category: George R.R. Martin

  • Movies as “Cliff’s Notes”

    Movies as “Cliff’s Notes”

    When Game of Thrones released on HBO, I watched it religiously. Like millions of others, I ate up season one. Gobbled it. So tasty. I loved, and still love, the characters (#TeamSansa), the style, the plot twists. And here is where I have to admit an unpopular thing. I’d started – or tried to start […]

  • The Hedgehog and Feast for Crows – Incomplete Series Troubles?

    I am of the general belief that revisions can wait until the book is done. Finish the rough draft, take a break, come back and rework the story accordingly. My reasoning for this is pretty straightforward: you don’t know what you’ve got until you’ve finished it. Though, yes, you can certainly revise as you go […]

  • Themes of Strength and Weakness

    Robert Baratheon, Eddard Stark, Jamie Lannister, Tywin Lannister… What do all of these characters have in common? Power and strength. These are the guys who have the guts, the glory, and/or the gold. Arya Stark, Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen… Here are the underdogs. They don’t have the strength, they don’t have the political […]

  • Westeros The Super Map!!!

    Oh, this is good, people. For those of you who love Game of Thrones you must go check out this kickass map of George R.R. Martin’s fictional world! You may now go about your business.

  • It’s a Kind of Magic

    You know, for a fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire doesn’t have tons of magic. In plenty of fantasy, the magic is front and center. Magical creatures, magical people, magical wars, magic, magic, magic… But, Martin plays it subtle. In most of the first book, there’s hardly anything magical at all. A hint […]

  • As Seen on TV!

    Whenever you translate a book to TV or a movie, there’s danger that it won’t translate well. However, there are times when it translates beautifully, and it seems that is more often the case when books become a series than just a one-off movie. More time for plot and character development and the nuances that […]

  • Character Twist

    In honor of George R. R. Martin’s complicated characters, this week’s writing prompt is all about character twist. One of the my favorite characters that I love to hate is Jamie Lannister. He starts off as a total creeper and then you see a few more things that really make your skin crawl. I mean, […]

  • March Mentor: George R. R. Martin

    I was first introduced to George R. R. Martin a couple of years ago when someone said, “Hey, I got this really good book. Do you want to read it when I’m done?” That book was A Game of Thrones. For those of you who are familiar with it, you know it’s not a slim […]