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Best Fans Ever

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I've always said that I had the best fans in the world.

Now VULTURE has made it official.

See here:

http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/25-most-devoted-fans.html?mid=nymag_press

Take a bow, all of you. Westeros rules... because of you.

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misunderstruck
Oct. 17th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Far out. Maybe we should update the BWB website....

some fans actually learn to speak Dothraki, which became an entire constructed language à la Klingon from Star Trek

And yet others learn how to curse out Klingons in Dothraki.
xraytheenforcer
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yer nemo qemmoe ma vafikhoon ven oqeti, vosma yer azzhonathi vish geroqqe yeroon. Yer eth ma tokik ma chitak!
raim
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
Hahaha! How do you do that?
Sandra Schafer
Oct. 17th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Why best fans?
You have the best fans, because you write the very best fantasy! Thank you, George, for such wonderful, creative works of genius.
evamagick
Oct. 17th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
It's because you created an awesome world! Thank you!

And thank EVERYTHING that we beat Twihards!
phaedravelveta
Oct. 17th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Up until now, I've managed to never get 'fanatical' about anything (although I came close with Buffy the Vampire Slayer) ..

All that changed when I read "Game of Thrones", and then watched the HBO show ..

It's all about Daenerys for me. :)
Dalibor Dimovski
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
ASOIAF fans are the best
I was half-tempted to make up a celebratory rhyme, but knowing we beat out Bieber AND the Insane Clown Posse is merit enough. :)

Well done, fellow fans!
Michael Karpathakis
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome
It's true, I try to find ways to feed my addiction to the world of Westeros but nothing even comes close to scratching that itch, just have to keep re-reading the series and watch the show over and over again until the next book comes out. Until then I'm just sitting in the corner speculating on the third Dragon and who really is Azor Ahai.

Really really really wish you could post those sample chapters you've read at some of the conventions with Tyrion and Victarion, you can find youtube videos for the Victarion chapter but all you can find for Tyrion are people who just summarize it and it ruins the effect the chapter should have on you.

But while we all wait for "The Winds of Winter" we just get to enjoy season 3 and The Red Wedding and watch how friends and family go crazy over the result :D. Like you said in one interview how you were going to go hide when that airs, from me and all your loyal bannermen like to wish you good luck on the fallout of that episode :)

Edited at 2012-10-18 03:55 am (UTC)
a_vangelis
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that, since this August, I'm also among your fans. My dad recommended your books to me for a long time, but it took me years to listen to him.
Thanks for all the pleasure and all the emotions you bring us!
oxalispescaprae
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Damn! this is awesome :D
Amanda Milholland
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Woooh!
I was pretty proud when I heard about this, I must say! Though only part of the credit goes to us, you know. A creative work has gotta be pretty darn amazing to spark such love and obsession ;)
insurrbution
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
It's all thanks you YOU, George. I'm SO eager for more Iceand Fire and Dunk and Egg so I'm lookingforward to those, but I understand and realize you're human, not a robot writing machine.

I'm a big fan of the written Westeros, and also quite like the HBO series. That said, I'm a fan of (what vulture lists) :

- Mad Men
- Neil Gaiman (haven't read much of his stuff...read and liked Stardust, also want to read American Gods and Anansi Boys)
- Bruce is pretty good, especially 'Born to to Run' and 'The Promise'
- Star Trek (just the tech, mythos and universe is far better than Star Wars)
- Community. Definitely a hit. Angie's a total cutie.
- Joss Whedon (for Buffy and Serenity/firefly)
- Hunger Games (only read the books though)
- Lord of the Rings (and some other Tolkien stuff...did you know Tolkien wanted LotR (as one volume) and The Silmarillion published together as a duology called 'The Saga of the Jewels and the Rings'?)
- Harry Potter (both films and books)
Justin Voss
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Greatest fans ever!
Then maybe you could reward us with a fresh sample chapter! Yeah!

Thanks in advance.
torome86
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Woohoo!
I am proud to call myself a long time fan! I've been reading your books for eleven years(I was 15, can't get into them much earlier than that so it is a long time for me) and I know how much others care about your work since I introduced it to a good number of people. But really, you would not have some of the best fans if you did not have some of the best novels ever written. We will take a bow... to you- THE KING OF THE NERDS!!! THE KING OF THE NERDS!!! THE KING OF THE NERDS!!!
Domenico Borzacchiello
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
Best part is without doubt "[the fans] are as anxious for the coming of winter as the series’ characters". That is so true! I consider myself a capital-F fan of many things in life but what impresses me the most about the asoiaf phenomenon is the unrelenting activity of your fans (and I count myself in).
I stay away one single day from the forums and when I come back the amount of new discussions, theories and analysis on your novels has grown out of all proportion, even though the last book was released more than a year ago and every possible detail in it has already been discussed over and over! The thing is that most of the online fan stuff about the saga is actually well written and enjoyable to read. Asoiaf fans are not only the most devoted aficionados you can possibly find on the on this planet, but also some of the most smart and clever people around! In this sense we really are the best fan in the world. Now, I know that you tend to avoid reading theories and fanfics circulating online but I can assure you that some of them are so well documented and argumented that they could make their own book! You should read them one day, some of them are totally crazy!
tashnot
Oct. 18th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you for your talent! Your books are absolutely mindblowing!
Juan Manuel De Privitellio
Oct. 18th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
popularity section ends up saying most pirated show of 2012. That one makes up for any award. cheers.
hope I see you in Uruguay soon. we'll throw you the feastest feast ever.
tully01
Oct. 18th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
The fans reflect the source.
grimleyphillips
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
Could not have said it any better. But I don't see how, numerically, we come even close to the monolithic fanbases of star wars, trek, or harry potter. Perhaps we are the most hardcore, the most fanatic? Yes, absolutely. Quality over quantity I always say. Like the last two books, which were perfect in every sense.

I got involved with the fandom in 2009, methinks. Never looked back. Great discussions on westeros, led me to the con life (late in the game and old in the tooth i admit), and the gatherings. i have dropped more money than I care to count on traveling and eating and imbibing, but great company. I am glad I retired this year so I can finally put work behind me and enjoy the finer things in life, like the best fandom in the world.
saxster
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
"Despite a nerd-alert review by the New York Times that said it only appeals to “Dungeons & Dragons types,” aficionados of both the books and the TV series extend well beyond the fantasy crowd."

Absolutely true. (And some people still wonder why the NY Times is not taken seriously anymore?)
David Bowden
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Ehhh...
With Justin Bieber at 5 and Twilight at 3... I'm not sure what that really says about us...
seantravis
Oct. 18th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
You've changed my life and your books have gotten me through the worst of times. And I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people like me. Far and away, you have earned that recognition.
Eddie Laxner
Oct. 18th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm happy to say I'm one of those tattooed freaks--winter is coming-- that the article mentions. Kudos to you, George, for making such a wonderful story to be obsessed with.

Edited at 2012-10-18 05:25 am (UTC)
turk_turkleton
Oct. 18th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
465k twitter followers? You're on twitter?
grrm
Oct. 18th, 2012 04:31 pm (UTC)
No, not really.
Hunter Baldwin
Oct. 18th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
best writer ever!!
Andy Pope
Oct. 18th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
'They buy replica swords' the article says. I'm still at a loss that I did buy replica swords as I've never owned a sword in my life, but who can say no to a shiny Valyrian Steel Longlaw and Ice.

Thanks for this wonderful series George. I generally find it hard to read books, but somehow read your so far 5000 page series cover to cover in a very short space of time.
abomvubuso
Oct. 18th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
Hey, you might be intrigued by this.
http://talk-politics.livejournal.com/1581810.html

If you ever wondered what could ASOIAF possibly have to do with politics, there it is :)
oteckre
Oct. 18th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Spoiler in the article
Makes me sad, they mention the Red Wedding in the article. They really shouldn't, IMO.
graciekitten
Oct. 18th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
How do you feel about the "most pirated show of 2012" part?
grrm
Oct. 18th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Helpless.

I suppose it is flattering, in a way.

Still pisses me off.

But there doesn't seem to be much that can be done about it.
graciekitten
Oct. 18th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Not that it makes up for it (since HBO doesn't profit from them), but maybe the more literate leeches will be inspired enough to actually go BUY the books afterwards.
raim
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
Or the other way around.
Arhialia
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Cool i just discover than French ISP Orange who diffuse HBO Series in France make VOD in French Version now ( € 1,99 by episode ... ) but i admit than i discover by pirate (links in guild's forum ...) but in France there are no ads for HBO series ( shame last year i had Orange and didn't knew HBO ...)
But i buy book ( very cost in french ... ) and even ADWD in english ...
You learn me new english world GRR Martin ;) ... ( "ugly","dirk" ... )

Thanks a lot Georges for your story "A song of Ice and Fire"

Funny french fan cast for Got (pictures from french comedy show "Kaamelott") :
http://www.lagardedenuit.com/forums//index.php?/topic/8311-vos-idees-pour-un-casting-humoristique/page__st__30#entry183411

and
http://www.lagardedenuit.com/forums//index.php?/topic/8311-vos-idees-pour-un-casting-humoristique/page__st__30#entry183413

too funny Alexandre Astier in Arthur for Stannis ... too younger but ...

highly TWOW ;)
raim
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Advocate of the devil
Well, considering your non-American fans: it *is* rather hard for most people to wait months on end before your national TV finally picks up the new season, when you could watch it online the next day. That said, the show is bought by most national tv-channels as well (and watched again by the fans), so I wonder if HBO loses any money over that...?

/hoping not to start a flamewar
Arhialia
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Advocate of the devil
I agree : for season 1 it was unable to french people to look legaly the show in VOSTFR , VO or VF ( unless you had Orange Cinema ... depends on your ISP ... ) before DVD sold ...

HBO VOD was impossible for non US people ( i tried ... )

If HBO was international and not only US , i think it will be different .
raim
Oct. 19th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Advocate of the devil
As long as those annoying foreigners buy the dvds when they come out ;)
Billy Donato
Oct. 19th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
fan of brilliance
definatly dont have to be a "dungeons and dragons type of nerd" or whatever the ny post said to love GoT, just got to like great story telling that only george has the guts to bring us. TY GEORGE! I am definatly going to be getting your books since im such a huge fan of the show. keep up the tremendous work
apostle_of_eris
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Only noticed too late that I'd never run into the party at Chicon. I really wanted to see what the gustatory maguffin would be. Italian beef? Maxwell St. Polish? Pizza would have been too easy.
grrm
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Alas, we ended that tradition. THe numbers of wannabee knights simply grew too large. Reno was the last straw. The BWB suite on quest night turned into a scene from CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.
memegarden
Oct. 21st, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
Hee hee!
insurrbution
Oct. 19th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Speaking of fandom and fans, does anyone here also like Wheel of Time?? The finale is coming out in Jan, by the way.
Aaron Galbraith
Oct. 19th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks G-money...
...we know we are the best. /grin

Keep up the great work!
Max Marengo
Oct. 19th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Great Fans come from Great Authors
Through all the up and downs of the Starks to the Tullys, From Danaerys to Tyrion, From the Martells to the Targaryons. You have riveted us through years of enjoyment, we are gifted with your works. My only sadness is that you are a NY Giants Fan ;P
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