George R. R. Martin

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Name: George R. R. Martin
Also Known As: GRRM
Occupation: Author, Television Writer
Medium: SF/F
Works: A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones
Official Website(s): georgerrmartin.com, Livejournal
Fan Website(s):
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George R. R. Martin is an SF/F author.

He is, among other things, the creator of A Song of Ice and Fire, a popular high fantasy book series adapted to television. The television series, Game of Thrones, is named after the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire. He has written four episodes for Game of Thrones.

He was the writer of thirteen Beauty and the Beast (TV) episodes.

Beauty and the Beast episodes Martin wrote, printed in the Delecon #2 program book, a con at which Martin was a guest of honor

His Stance on Fanworks

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Martin dislikes fanfiction, and wishes fans would not use his, or other peoples' characters:

Martin also spoke of his time in high school writing what was then called “fan fiction” for fanzines but he was quick to distinguish between what he wrote and what fan fiction is today.

“What I wrote was not fan fiction like that term is used today,” he said. “Today when people say fan fiction, they talk about taking my characters or Robin Hobb’s characters or Robert Jordan’s characters or Kirk or Spock or any characters from a television show or movie and writing stories about them. Writing stories about someone else’s characters. I never did that and I never approved of that." [1]

Authorial Intent

In the very early 1990s, a Beauty and the Beast (TV) fan asked Martin about whether the only valid interpretation of a story or show was that of the original writer:

In most fandoms, there have been long standing debates concerning how we fans interpret the television shows we love. In other words, do we "read" more into individual episodes and specific scenes than were ever intended by the writers? George R. R. Martin is a science fiction novelist, as well as a television writer, which I thought would give him an interesting perspective on this particular discussion. So at a convention several years ago, I asked him if he thought the only valid interpretation of a story was that of the writer, or if the reader's/viewer's interpretation could also have validity. The gist of his answer was that he wouldn't say, "You stupid person, that isn't what I meant at all." He went on to say that the writer might have more insight, but that the reader/viewer could well pick up on something that might be In the writer's subconscious. I thought that was a surprisingly generous and perceptive answer. [2]

Writing A Song of Ice and Fire

Fans have become impatient with how long Martin is taking to put out new A Song of Ice and Fire books and finish the series.

References

  1. George R.R. Martin talks about fan fiction, advises aspiring writers and discusses his reasons for killing off characters
  2. from Parallels and Contrasts in "Beauty and the Beast" (1995)