George R.R. Martin
Killing off characters and sexual horror aside, the epic author of Game of Thrones has even more quirks up his sleeve.
1. Deaths in Game of Thrones
An explanation for the many deaths in Game of Thrones is this—George R.R. Martin once said that “My biggest dream was to ruin the lives of my readers and crush their souls.”
2. Turtles and A Song of Ice and Fire
Because he had some pet turtles in a little castle, the author used to fantasize about turtle royalty who would plot evil schemes and kill each other off.
3. Marvel Comics inspiration
George R.R. Martin was a huge Marvel fan. He wrote a letter to the company raving about how wonderful an issue of The Fantastic four was, and he was only fifteen at the time.
4. More deaths in Game of Thrones
Another reason for the deaths of the Game of Thrones characters is Wonder Man. “He’s a brand-new character, he’s introduced, and he dies. It was very heart wrenching. He was a tragic, doomed character. I guess I’ve responded to tragic doomed characters ever since.”
5. He was an early bloomer
George started early.
Young Martin began writing and selling monster stories for pennies to other neighborhood children. Unfortunately for little George, their mothers put an end to his early success after those kids started ho have nightmares.
He also created stories about a mythical kingdom populated by his pet turtles where they were killing each other off in “sinister plots”. “I was always intensely Romantic, even when I was too young to understand what that meant.” said Martin in an interview with “Infinity Plus”.
6. The Dothraki language
The Language Creation Society has linguists who created the Dothraki language. George didn’t actually create the language in his Game of Thrones novels.
7. George R.R. Martin’s weapon of choice
This old school author still uses WordStar on DOS to write his books.
8. His Love for the Game of Thrones universe
What a lot of people do not know is that “A song of Ice and Fire” is not George R.R. Martin’s only work to be based in that universe. Apart from the world famous series, he has also written other stories, which are set before the events depicted in books.
All of these stories have been released as short story Anthologies. The first mini – series, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” has 3 parts released at different times; ‘The Hedge Knight’ which was published in Legends in 1998, ‘The Sworn Sword’ published in Legends 2 in 2003, and ‘The Mystery Knight’ published in Warriors in 2010, this series is supposed to continue with more titles released sometime in the future. The other stories released are “The Princess and the Queen” published in dangerous women in 2013 and “The Rouge Prince” published in Rouges in 2014. All of these short stories provide an insight into the dark and bloody history of the Ice and fire universe, and are definitely worth a read.
9. In case George R.R. Martin dies
Will we ever know the ending to Game of Thrones? For the show, Martin has shared the plot with the producers. But for the books, he has ordered that all his manuscripts and ideas be destroyed in the event of his death.
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