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For those of you out there who have not yet gotten your fill of hearing me talk as yet, there are a couple of new interviews up on the net that you might want to check out.

From my visit to the UK in April, an interview with British television personality and journalist Grace Dent (beware, there are some BIG SPOILERS in this one).

((The interview was actually much longer than that. They added some spiff visuals and clips of the show, but trimmed some of the Q and especially the A... and also said some rather extravagant stuff about yours truly that made my modesty klaxon go off as I watched it. Still, a fun interview. At least for me)).

And for the popular webcast Sword & Laser, here I am again, just last week:

The Sword & Laser episode also contains an episode with the fellow who wrote the book about philosophy in GAME OF THRONES, a discussion of Guy Gavriel Kay's novel TIGANA, and some other cool stuff. And check out their excellent interview with James S.A. Corey from a couple of episodes back as well.



Jun. 27th, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Enjoyed both interviews very much, but I'll have to give the hat tip to Grace Dent because she got far more in-depth about your inspirations. Comic books should never be underestimated in that regard, eh?
Jun. 27th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
that first interview was excellent. thanks for posting. :)
Jun. 27th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yadda yadda yadda
Presumptious, but IF House Martins' sigil is the turtle, vis-a-vis talismatic interview emblem, what are it's words? Scottish/Irish (celtic)'Martins' have two mottos, one being, 'God help me'. Given your work load, seems kinda appropriate. Neat Martin tartan too.Of course you may be descended from the English (anglo-saxon) Martins. Different kettle of fish altogether.
Jun. 27th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
the 'Martin'
surname George carries was a result of his Italian paternal grandfather going through Ellis Island and being re-named.

But on his mother's side, he's descended from a John Brady of Old Castle, Co. Meath.
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Slightly NSFW
As much as I love the scenes from the interview, the Dent video may want to be labeled as slightly NSFW. :) Regardless, thanks for posting, George!

Edited at 2012-06-27 03:05 pm (UTC)
Jun. 27th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Ok, big spoilers are about Dance?

Because i haven´t read it yet. I´m from spain, the book i´m going to buy (paperback edition) will be on sale on 13th of july, and i´m looking forward to read it.

Anyway, i haven´t read it yet, so, mr martin, or anyone, could you tell me if you speak of Dance with Dragons in the first interview?

Thank you so much!
Jun. 27th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Favorite characters
That's very interesting, my favorite characters are Jaime and Theon and I'm a man. I'm not sure what that says about me, but for me, they appeal to me because of their nature. They aren't 'nice', but I just feel it's them against the world sometime. Especially when Jaime started getting PoV, I really felt like 'he made sense' and that perhaps he was more a victim than the bad guy. It's very interesting - and that's the result of creating actually three dimensional characters who can hold contradictory positions in their heads, like we all do. And so we can find personality attributes we can identify with.
Jun. 27th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
I watched a few interviews on youtube yesterday. I thoroughly enjoy seeing you in interviews. Hearing authors talk about their work is always so fascinating and inspiring for me.

I am neck-deep in A Storm of Swords right now and I cannot put it down. Rarely do stories seize me so completely, so I am grateful to you for weaving such an enthralling tale. I feel as though I disappear right into Westeros every time I open the book. It is glorious.
Jezabel Nightroad
Jun. 27th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
Cool Interviews :)
David Riddle
Jun. 28th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Somewhat Irrelevant (Sorry)
First of all, enjoyed the interviews. Sorry if the majority of this comment has nothing to do with the vids posted above. I just don't know how else to get this idea out there.

I was wondering if Tales of Dunk and Egg could be published into some sort of collection of the three novellas. I would love to own and read all three. The only copies I'm able to find online are quite expensive. I wouldn't mind dishing out the money, but being a college student makes that kind of difficult. If TODAE were to be republished, I would purchase it day-one.

(Currently on A Feast for Crows. Absolutely in love with ASOIAF). Thanks!
Jun. 28th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
i enjoyed both videos a lot, particularly the first one :) but in the second one with The Sword & Laser i thought it intriguing that when you say that you were surprised at how women fall for the villains, you mentioned jaime, sandor and theon, all who are in the process i think of finding their way back to the "right path". the true villains could be ramsay or even tywin, but those weren't mentioned. i hope this redemption process of the first 3 lead them to also finding (for however briefly) love and joy and peace..
anyways, just my 2 cents :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Great interviews. Thanks for sharing.
Linda Storey
Jun. 28th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Loved both interviews. Thanks for posting.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Amazing interview
Hi George,

Awesome interview! It kind of made me want to meet with you face to face. Any plans for a trip to France any time soon? A book-signing tour there, maybe?

Thanks for all your amazing stories. Please keep bringing it on!

Jun. 29th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Both interviews are excellent -- and so is Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay... I discovered that book around the same time that A Game Of Thrones originally came out, and I devoured both books with great fervor at the time. I revisit Kay's books nearly as often as the Song of Ice and Fire books and can't recommend him enough.
Cameron Paterson
Jun. 29th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Both interesting interviews. I had no idea Grace Dent was a fan.
Are you really the best selling author in the English language now?? I knew you were big, but not that big! The power of TV.
Guess that means you're not cool any more - I'd better stop reading your books immediately! ;)

Edited at 2012-06-29 01:14 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
That startled me as well. It is possible that I was the best-selling author LAST YEAR, when DANCE came out and all the older books went roaring up the lists.

Overall, though, no way. J.K. ROwling's sales dwarf mine, but she didn't have a book last year. Stephen King, John Grisham, Nora Roberts and many, many others have much greater sales figures than I do, lifetime. Even within epic fantasy, Robert Jordan's books have usually sold more than my own.

So if the statement is true at all, which I cannot vouch for, it is true only in a very limited context.

Still... I ain't complaining. I love my readers, and I have a lot of them.
Jun. 29th, 2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
The interview with Grace Dent is fantastic! She did a great job, and edited nicely. And you look great by the way!!
Jun. 29th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, great. Now that I've watched that first interview, I can't stop thinking about Hobbits having sex.
Jun. 30th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Of all of they interviews I've seen/heard you do over the past few years, this is my favorite.

Although she asked much of what was asked before by other interviewers, her questions felt much more personal. The editing didn't hurt either.
Jun. 30th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Do people in interviews ever ask you "what other sci-fi/fantasy novels/stories you would like to see come out on film/TV"? Especially books that people have ummed and ahhed over and have unfortunately languished...?
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
All the time.
Maja Jurić
Jun. 30th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
nice place if you need it
Jul. 2nd, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
Grace Dent and GRRM at the same time. I like this a lot. Thank you

Edited at 2012-07-02 03:38 pm (UTC)
Jul. 4th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Impressive interviews as always George.It is always a real pleasure to hear you talk :)

Although if you were surprised by the popularity of theon and sandor wait till you hear my tastes.I am a proud,hardcore fan of Roose and Ramsay Bolton.:D

Hally Lewis
Jul. 7th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say your a brilliant man! Love your mind and all that comes out of it.. :)
Victoria Sayce
Jul. 13th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
interviews and accessibility
Thanks for being this accessible George. People don't say that nearly enough. Any criticism that may result is in my view warped love. I've heard all the issues and complaints people have had about the last few books but in my view you don't waste a single page. If we don't like what's happened to a favourite character, we're not meant to and that's true to life. Good things happen to bad people in Westeros as much as bad things happen to the good (sob. Ned) as happens now and has happened throughout history. Your books are worth the wait and in this age of the digital and disposable they will always be taking up vast swathes of my bookcase and being re-read and leant to friends. Even though a Clash of Kings will eventually need replacing from the repeated flinging against the wall it is subjected to as a result.
Christy Turner
Aug. 10th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this interview. I have to say that when I first picked up "The Game of Thrones" years ago, I had difficulty with the violence. I was so shocked and despondent that a writer would be so cruel to his character Brandon that I had to put the book down for a few days. I was, of course, already hooked on Jon and the other characters so I picked the book back up. After a few more pages I found Joffrey and his hound. I had to put the book down again. It was at this time that I realized that this book had invoked a great amount of emotion from me. I was angry for the cruelty, hopeful for the benevolence, disappointed by the humanity but also empathetic for the whole.


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