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We're Number One...

greyjoy
... in graphic novels.

The second volume of the GAME OF THRONES graphic novel debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list:

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2013-06-30/hardcover-graphic-books/list.html

(And, hey, the following week's list is out, and we're still number one).

My thanks and congratulations to Daniel Abraham (who wrote the script) and Tommy Patterson (who drew the pictures) and Mike S. Miller (who did the covers). They do all the real work on this one. This is their triumph, much more than mine.

I'm glad so many of you are enjoying the funny book.

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myqueensansa
Jul. 10th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
(cont., post 2/2)

All in all, this decision has created an ensemble cast with rotating points of view, but still only told through white eyes, although the everyday experiences of POC are transferred to some of these white characters. The diversity in medieval Europe, and indeed the world we live in, seems to be incredibly downplayed. Whilst I enjoy many of the series’ characters of color (particularly Missandei, Alayaya and Chataya), they are only ever used as supporting characters to a white POV. This is something that is understandably very disappointing to many fans hoping to see characters of color in just as much detail, and that have just as much plot significance, as the white protagonists. It seems to many, that in a world that doesn’t deny the existence of POC, they’re simply not important enough to be central to the key plot points of the series.

I don’t think this is intentional, at all, but it has come across to many of your readers who still face racial discrimination, and who understandably want to relate to the wide-ranging points of view offered in the series, that the issues that they still face, most generally of exoticisation and otherisation, have simply been appropriated for white use in the novels, like so many POC cultures and heritages in history.

I’ll close this reply with an obvious disclaimer that I cannot speak for every fan of color, and I may have neglected to mention some aspects which others may be better equipped to deal with.

Thank you again for your time.

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