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fans entitled? never! [Apr. 7th, 2011|07:25 am]
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I enjoyed listening to an interview with the author of a New Yorker article about George RR Martin and his fans because I like non-bashing discussions about fandom by non-fans. I love how the author, who deals more with literary fiction, is fascinated by the serial nature of his work and how it creates a relationship between the author and fan, but just as importantly, relationships between fans. It's like a revelation to her!

I love (and am horrified by) the discussion of anti-fans who grumble that the author is taking too long to publish the next book. The motto of a house in the book is "Winter is coming," and the name of the main anti-fan forum is "Is winter coming?" One blog is called "Finish the book George." I hate fan entitlement, but I can't help but chuckle at the wit.

I am not a GRRM fan. I tried reading the first book and could not get into it. Too many characters, too political, and not enough magic for me.

[User Picture]From: leviosa8
2011-04-08 04:47 pm (UTC)
I got hooked and read the four in a row; fell in love with a couple of characters too; but can't really enjoy it, because it is, like you say, too political, too cruel and hard on the characters (maybe to oppose fiercely the ever-winning heroes of the mainstream epic fiction? Overkill...), and thus not re-readable. I suffered A LOT with the fourth. It was plain gory and cruel. And yet, I'll probably devour the fifth this summer...
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