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Apr. 18th, 2011 (UTC)

I know this has been said about 331 times over already, but thank you. As a geek girl, as a fantasy enthusiast, and as a person, I was pretty deeply offended by that review. The idea that fantasy is necessarily "boy fiction," let alone ASoIaF, which has a large, well-rounded, and diverse female cast, makes me fume incoherently.

Thank you for writing fantasy that is as worthy of the term "literature" as any non-genre fiction. Thank you for writing characters who are people--heroic and admirable and flawed and fallible and grey--before they are a gender or a stereotype. Thank you for managing to write characters like Sansa, whose early chapters remind me almost painfully of my middle school self, and Catelyn, who is the mother anyone would want. At the same time, thank you for writing the exhilarating fight scenes, dense political intrigue, unapologetically gritty and realistic worlds, and yes, revealing and character-developing sexual situations that apparently only appeal to boys.

I look forward to seeing the show.

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