And I’m going to take even longer to write these last two, at least a decade each. Who knows if I’ll even be alive to finish them? Who cares? My son knows how to spell most of the characters’ names, so maybe I’ll let him wrap the whole thing up.
- Fake George R.R. Martin (author of A Song of Ice and Fire) from The Onion on the final two installments of the series.
Do I sense a jab against Robert Jordan and the Wheel of Time?
Source: The Onion
I don’t want to deny that I write in fantasy, I think I obviously do. There’s magic and there’s dragons and swords, and all the traditional trappings of fantasy here. But I’ve also written in other genres in the past, a lot of science fiction, horror, and books that are strange hybrids of all of these things.
I’ve always agreed with William Faulkner—he said that the human heart in conflict with itself is the only thing worth writing about. I’ve always taken that as my guiding principle, and the rest is just set dressing. I mean, you can have a dragon, you can have a science fiction story set on a distant planet with aliens and starships, you can have a western about a gunslinger, or a mystery novel about a private eye, or even literary fiction—and ultimately you’re still writing about the human heart in conflict with itself. So that’s the way I try to approach this thing. And while I may work within a genre, I’ve never liked to be bound by them. I have a lot of fun in frustrating genre expectations, using a bit of this or a bit of that, and doing something that hasn’t been done before.
George R.R. Martin, author of ”A Dance with Dragons” and creator of the series that inspired “Game of Thrones,” discusses sex, fantasy, and science fiction with Rachael Brown. Read more at The Atlantic. (via theatlantic)
Have yet to read anything from this author, or watch the series, but this is what gets me so excited about science fiction/fantasy.
Not so much into dragons though. =(