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George R.R. Martin doesn't like predictable fiction, says backlash over 'GoT' finale won't affect his books

The author likes to delight and surprise his reader.

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Jul 16, 2019, 06.05 PM IST
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The author adds that he does not read fan sites because he wants to write the book the way he has always intended to.
Did you also have a lot of emotions running through your head like other 'Game Of Thrones' fan, seeing the finale of the show? The series is inspired by George R R Martin's best-selling novel 'A Song of Fire & Ice'. While the HBO series ended after eight seasons, Martin is yet to finish two "Game of Thrones" books -- "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring".

Martin says that fans outrage over the show's ending is not going to affect his books as he has been planning the ending for years. While the show ended after eight seasons, Martin is yet to finish two books in the series, 'The Winds of Winter' and 'A Dream of Spring'.

Martin feels that the internet has a major role to play in this. For instance, he says about Jon Snow's parentage, "there were early hints in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together."

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This image released by HBO shows Kristofer Hivju, from left, Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in a scene from 'Game of Thrones.'


"And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow's parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that's a great twist!' But in the age of the internet, even if only one person in 100 figures it out then that one person posts it online and the other 99 people read it and go, ‘Oh, that makes sense.' Suddenly the twist you're building towards is out there," Martin told Entertainment Weekly.

The author said though there is a temptation to change, but one cannot do much as it has been planned in advance.

"And there is a temptation to then change it — ‘Oh my god, it's s****ed up, I have to come up with something different.' But that's wrong. Because you've been planning for a certain ending and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don't like it, then it screws up the whole structure. So no, I don't read the fan sites. I want to write the book I've always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or they can not like it," Martin said.

Martin likes to delight and surprise his reader, he says he does not intend to write predictable fiction. That is also one of the reasons that he stopped reading fan boards in the 90s.

He says, that although some readers are able to join the dots and guess a probable ending, but it does not change the way he had planned to end it. He feels changing it will be a disaster.

The author adds that he does not read fan sites because he wants to write the book the way he has always intended to. The 'Winds of Winter' does not yet have a release date.

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