George R. R. Martin over einde Game Of Thrones

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George R. R. Martin over einde Game Of Thrones

Het succes van Game of Thrones blijft een onwerkelijk rit vol met stress voor schrijver George R. R. Martin. Dit zei hij tijdens een discussie op Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Martin ontving hier the school’s Hall of Achievementalumni award. Martin gaf hier ook een Q&A sessie en sprak over het bitterzoete einde van Game of Thrones:

“I think you need to have some hope. We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I’m not gonna tell them … but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end, like [J.R.R. Tolkien]. I think Tolkien did this brilliantly. I didn’t understand that when I was a kid — when I read Return of the King.”

Over de tijdlijn van het schrijven van de boeken vs de HBO series:

“I’ve been hearing them come up behind me for years, and the question is, How can I make myself write faster? I think, by now, the answer is, I can’t. I write at the pace I write, and what the show is doing is not going to change what the books are,” he said, noting that the only way the TV series influences his writing is in the sense that it ratchets up his stress. “I started writing about these characters and this world in 1991, and we didn’t have the first meetings to create the show until 2008, so I got like a 17-year head start!” (To be fair, the workflow timeline is kind of incomparable when you consider the difference between a 1,500-page manuscript and a rapid-fire set of 60-page teleplays.)

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