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What's German for "yadda yadda yadda?"

There's a brand new interview with me up on the web, for those of you who cannot get enough of hearing me sound off.

Thing is, it's in German.

I don't actually speak German, mind you, so the interview was conducted in English, but it was a German interviewer, so the translation/ voiceover is in German, and I'm not sure to what extent my own English answers remain audible. But here it is, for my German fans:

If nothing else, there's lots of cool shots of my collection of toy knights and model figures in this one.


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Oct. 15th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Und denn Tyrion ist shtupping die shiksa...
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, for the ARD- how very fancy! :D
They translation is very true to the original answers (as from what I can make out under the overplayed audio)
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hello from Germany
Hi George,
thanks for sharing the interview. Is there any chance of seeing/meeting you in Germany one time? Your fans are waiting there anxiously of course...
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
You need to be on cribs
That is your house George? I like it, would like to see more of the stained glass and knights and things you have. You need to be on a show like MTV's cribs. I'd rather see the homes of interesting people than here today gone tommorow pop stars.
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Must be: Blah, Blah, Blah....
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
LOL. The interviewer describes the story as "so realistic that you can almost smell the dragon shit".
And "yadda yadda yadda" would be "bla bla bla". ;)

Edit: This was a very entertaining interview, thank you for posting!

- You telling your audience they can take drugs to find happiness. ;P
- The bit about graphic violence vs. graphic sex scenes.

I hope you knocked out the interviewer afterwards and stole the time machine he mentioned. You could go to the future, pick up the finished manuscript of the next book and bring it back here. ^^

Edited at 2012-10-15 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, not audible. Basically I can only hear the things before and after the voice over, so like, "that's a good question... (German, German, German, German, German)... American West and Karl May." Oh well!

Though perhaps someone will put in English subs for this video, that would be nice. But German's a beautiful language that I've always been meaning to learn, maybe this interview is a good excuse to do so!
Oct. 15th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Wow that show always struck me as pretty highbrow and in that category SciFi and Fantasy have probably even more problems than in the states. Really cool that they interview you.
Oct. 15th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Great interview
I always like Denis Scheck's interviews. He's one of the few book critics who take fantasy literature seriously. Four years ago he also made an interview with Patrick Rothfuss and here's what Rothfuss had to say about Schenk:

'Another big indicator was when someone from Germany came out to interview me. My first thought was, “Who did this poor guy piss off at work? How low on the totem pole in do you have to be before they send you to interview some newbie fantasy author in Middle-of-Nowhere Wisconsin?”

But when he started talking, I realized he was playing the game at a whole different level. He was really clever, talking about things no interviewer had ever brought up before, asking questions I’d never been asked. Asking questions that I’d never even *considered *before. I remember at least one occasion where my answer was: “Wow. That’s a great question…. I have absolutely no idea how to answer it.”'

And this interview with GRRM was certainly interesting as well.

Edited at 2012-10-15 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oct. 15th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks George! How cool that ARD sent someone to your house, hehe. :D
Michael Brenner
Oct. 15th, 2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
Two of my heroes finally meet!
Denis Scheck has been my favourite lit critic for almost as long as I've devoured George's books. Nice to see them meet finally! While he generally does "serious" literature (Franzen, Ford, Eugenides, Roth, Updike, you name it) he's very fond of Fantasy, too. He did a great interview with Pat Rothfuss a couple of years back and impressed Pat so much that he blogged about it: http://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2008/10/im-kind-of-big-deal-in-germany/
Beate Ratz
Oct. 15th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Love your Books, keep writing :)
Getting compared with Karl Mai within the first minute?!?!?

Hey I am german, and I predict a major Hype.

And it's "blablabla" for "yadayadayada"

Edited at 2012-10-15 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oscar Wetzel
Oct. 15th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this. (Yes, its "blablabla" in german)

I was surprised to see the ARD (German public television) did the interview. They are not broadcasting "Game of Thrones". The translation seemed to be alright. Compared to Karl May *lol*

Too bad the promoted the new translation of the books, i think the first translation was a lot better. No translation is as good sa the original, of course. But i don't think translating the english names (like "Kings Landing" or "John Snow") did any good. The names just don't sound good in german.

Edited at 2012-10-15 11:35 pm (UTC)
Melanie Coentro Lux
Oct. 16th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
In some cases I can understand that they use translations, like "the Eyrie", but I also would prefer to have the english names. If any of the readers don't know what that names mean (I am sure most of them would understand), they can use a dictionary. And if they don't want to, they won't die not to know that Jon Snow means "Jon Schnee" ...
Oct. 16th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
Wow. That's one of the very few times I'm actually glad to be German ;)
Jezabel Nightroad
Oct. 16th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Hello Mr Martin, Today I received my signed copy of Dying of the Light illustrationed by Tom Kidd, Just wanted to say Thank you for the link :). And Great interview.
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