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I'm Number Four

The fourth most powerful writer in Hollywood, that is.

Or so says The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywoods-25-powerful-authors-2016-931979

I seem to recall dimly that I was number seven a few years ago, so I guess I am getting more powerful by the day. Soon I will rule the world.

Actually, though... I am delighted to see so many of my friends and colleagues on the list this year. They've got Diana Gabaldon at #14, Ernie Cline at #12, Gillian Flynn at #11, Dennis Lehane at #10, Neil Gaiman at #9, and Stephen King at #2. All writers I've published, worked with, hosted at the Jean Cocteau, and just been friends with, for varying lengths of time. All amazing talents, too. As are the other authors on the list, the ones I don't know.

As to how much "power" any writer actually has, however... well, that's another question.


Todd Noelle
Oct. 1st, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
But power is an illusion ...
A shadow on the wall...
Kim Snow
Oct. 1st, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC)
Writers have a lot of power
Writers have a special kind of power: they entertain, they inspire, they motivate, they teach, and in some cases can turn the life of their readers around. To me, that is something very special.
Oct. 1st, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
There's always someone else trying to be number one.
There's always someone else trying to be number one.
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
There's an ancient prophecy telling that one bearded man with many monkeys on his back will rule the world once he writes the seventh book...
Dan Koifman
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:12 pm (UTC)
Will beets be outlawed in the first hundred days of the Martin Administration?

Edited at 2016-10-01 08:13 pm (UTC)
Simmy San
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
it must be awesome to know that long after we all turn to dust future generations will still be influenced and fascinated by you and your works..that's pretty powerful! and well deserved..😊
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Can we trust George RR Martin with our nuclear codes?
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
I am a big Randy Newman fan. ;)
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:21 pm (UTC)
So you're saying that you have super powers, right? That's my interpratation and I'm sticking to it
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Power
With great power comes great responsibility.

(Just stole that line from Ernie Cline. Who stole it from Stan Lee, of course).
Oct. 1st, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Power
Stan is "the man", of course.

Nuff said!
Oct. 1st, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Power
It was a wild card.
Oct. 2nd, 2016 05:40 am (UTC)
Re: Power
Haha, I also just wanted to write: we all know that you are an Ace ;)
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
who is the most powerful melee combatant? that is what matters
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
Fil 2016
George are you coming for the Fair International book FIL (guadalajara, México) at December?
Oct. 3rd, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Fil 2016
Yes. Been committed to that for years.
Mladen Čudanov
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Dear Mr Martin,

Congrats and thank you for all the nice moments you have made possible for us, book readers. As for the power, I think you surely have some. You can influence people deeply by what you write on your blog or in your books.

For example, one of our most talented students at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Jelena Andreja Radaković dedicated huge amount of her time to write her graduation thesis:

"Analysis of fatal outcomes using fault tree method: case study of the Red wedding from Game of Thrones"

Among the best graduation thesis I have seen in few years.

I wanted to ask for a boon, hoping not to annoy you. We all know THE book will be done when it is done, and that you will announce it on your blog. But we are so anxious!

Could you please announce (1st ANNOUNCE) on your blog (whenever you see the time is fine) when will you ANNOUNCE (2nd announce) publication date of tWoW?

Please notice TWO "announce" :o).

It could be even three "announce", you could announce when you will announce when you will announce publication date of tWoW. But I begin to loose track there, and at four or more "announce" it is very easy to loose battle with logic. Two or three "announce" should be enough, and it will surely be good for PR and blog visibility.

Once again, I hope that if you did not like this idea, it at least did not annoy you. And thank you for all the books. A lot of us cannot say it enough.

Best regards,

Mladen Čudanov, Serbia

Edited at 2016-10-01 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! Good for you. I am reading the first GOT book....yes, I know it's lame it took me so long. Even better than the TV series. I can see why you are. You are an excellent writer and one the rest of us can certainly learn from. You're quality over quantity personified and I so respect that. I feel the same. I wish I could write faster but care more about the perfect quality that comes out the other side. This is what makes you a powerful writer!

Edited at 2016-10-01 08:42 pm (UTC)
Daniela Gmez Chvez
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
Although I'm not really sure how is that measurable (I'm guessing earnings? Popularity?) I'm sure you deserve to be on the top five. Yay!
Oct. 1st, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your ranking!
Congratulations on your ranking!
Oct. 1st, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
Everything was going well until I reached E.L. James.
Frank Probst
Oct. 3rd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
E L James
She's easy to mock, but the best defense of her work that I've heard is this: She got a lot of people who don't usually read to pick up a bunch of books and read books. Reading books isn't a zero-sum game. Just because someone reads one thing doesn't mean that they won't read another thing. This is especially true of writers like James, who is turning millions of non-book readers into book readers. A lot of those people aren't going to stop reading when they finish her last book. They're going to start reading something else. So take heart. Anyone who expands the pool of readers will also expand the number of writers whose books get read.
Oct. 1st, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC)
Who's # 1 ? Mainstream Media?
The subject line was a political jab at the media but all joking aside. Mr.Martin , you are in the process of writing the greatest story ever told. Your name will eventually land in the #1 spot .
Oct. 1st, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Calling it now, by the conclusion of A Song of Ice and Fire you'll be number 1! Congrats George on this much deserved praise.
Aur Lie
Oct. 1st, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
How is it that you're not the first ?! Congats !
Owen Hutchings
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Any fool with a bit of luck can find himself born into power. But earning it for yourself that takes work!
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ok, what are your thoughts on Fenns treasure?
Marc Potempa
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
Consider me intrigued
Anybody else want to know what a JK Rowling - GRRM collaboration would look like?
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Consider me intrigued
Rowling: Love conquers all!
Martin: Marry for love and you will alienate everyone and possibly cause a war, culminating in you and your family being massacred or driven into exile.

Yeah, it would be an awkward collaboration.
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 1st, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
That top 4 list has some of the best story tellers of all time.
Wendy Trevino
Oct. 1st, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations !
Felicidades George!! Very well deserved ;)
Oct. 1st, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
> As to how much "power" any writer actually has, however... well, that's another question.<

"The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp." - Terry Pratchett
Peggy Ford
Oct. 2nd, 2016 12:41 am (UTC)
use that power to stop this maybe?
Oct. 2nd, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: use that power to stop this maybe?
...I suddenly have this image in my mind of the Soviet Union creating a propaganda newsreel in 1942, trying to attract foreign tourists to come visit sunny Stalingrad.
Oct. 2nd, 2016 03:58 am (UTC)
A couple of years from now, and you will probably have gained enough power to sit on your own iron throne.
Alfonso Cabello
Oct. 2nd, 2016 08:03 am (UTC)
You're not number four
You are probably the first one. I honestly think if you were a more prolific author, you would have the place that you deserve. Anyway... congrats!
Keith Russell Dulak
Oct. 2nd, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
Who are you?
-the new number 2.
Who is number 1?
-you are number 6.
Iam not a number, iam a free man!
Frank Probst
Oct. 3rd, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
New houses?
House Rowling would be a goner.


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