A Song of Ice and Fire tends to evoke Frazetta-type images whenever I read it. Frazetta once said "A painting, it's something important; you want to look at it, maybe, forever. Who wants to look at just an ordinary hero forever? You want the ultimate, you pull out the stops and do everything in extremes. The extreme in beauty,if it fits. The extreme in ugliness if it fits; the extreme in terror if this is what's required. You know, I think this is one reason that so many different people enjoy my stuff, because so many extremes are jammed into it." G.R.R.M. could say the same thing and it would sum up his work perfectly.