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Season Four!!!

HBO has officially renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season. (And I'm almost finished with the first draft of my script. No, sorry, not going to tell you which one it is).


Record ratings for our season three premiere, "Valar Dohaeris."


Also (sigh) record levels of piracy.


On other topics... no, no, Peter Dinklage is NOT being replaced by Warwick Davis in the role of Tyrion. That was just HBO's little April Fools joke. (I was so busy I forgot to make my own April Fools joke). So calm down, boys and girls. Peter is still with us.


Apr. 3rd, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
That's your opinion. Fortunately I have hundreds of thousands of readers who disagree.

Not all books are for all readers. And crackerjacks are okay, but some prefer nachos... or filet mignon.

I have never been a huge fan of "action," either as a reader or a writer. For me, characters are the heart of fiction. I am far more interesting in character development. The human heart in conflict with itself, as Faulkner famously said.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
If by action, you mean swashbuckling pirates attacking the protagonist every five pages, then I agree, but if by action you mean momentum, I surely feel that some books could have done with a bit more. Not ASOIAF, but Wheel of Time was always a bit too momentum-less for my taste, and was a struggle to get through, despite being pretty good.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I agree. I love the books but they are a different medium than TV. You have the luxury as an author to explore fully, at length and to your satisfaction, the development of the characters. Even if only to torture your readers (Jon Snow, mutter, grumble, snarl) with said development. Please don't take my comment as a negative criticism of the books, rather an observation of their different character.

But 10 episodes of expensive TV series is a different kettle of fish (what an odd analogy that is) to a lengthy novel. The show runners are serving a different audience. I'm really wondering how they're going to handle "A Feast For Crows" and "A Dance With Dragons".

And I'm sure I'm not alone amongst your fans who hope that when you've written "A Promise Of Spring" that you decide the tale is not yet fully told. :-)
Travis Bone
Apr. 4th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
Book adaption
I don't think HBO will have any problems at all introducing "action" without changing the story. Recall in season 2, they added quite a bit of story about a certain king of the north out on campaign, that didn't really make it into the books other than as heresay.

I think the show producers have done a pretty good job in that regard.

As far as the piracy issue goes, I pay for HBO for 3 months out of the year and don't watch anything on it but GOT. I know many people can't afford this luxury, and would much prefer paying by the episode. At some point HBO will realize how much more money they'll make by selling episode views, and that's when the pirating issue will be reduced by an exponent.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
I would describe books 1-3 as books that are likely to be thrown at the wall because of shocking events (do not try this with your Kindle). The last two books are slower paced and contain fewer OMG moments (you can't have a RW in every book) and need to be thrown at the wall less frequently, but they made me no less eager to see what happens next.

I am dying to see what happens after that Theon chapter.
Apr. 3rd, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Indeed! 'A Dance with Dragons' is my second favorite of the series. With or without an abundance of action scenes, I'm sure David & Dan can pull off a brilliant adaptation for those two books as well.

As for tsgeisels question: In the Emmy panel George mentioned that 'A Feast For Crows' & 'A Dance With Dragons' would have to be combined and they would hopefully cover at least two seasons (maybe three, he said jokingly).

This seemed more like speculation though. It was only mentioned to see how much time George had left before the show catches up to the books. For a definite answer, you probably have to wait until season five.
Apr. 4th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm one of those hundres of thousands who disagree
I don't read books -- or watch TV shows -- because of "action." I read for story, for characters who make me feel something (I've never hated a character more than I hate Joffrey; Arya might be my favorite character of any medium, ever). I read for drama and intrigue and prose that takes me into another world for a little while. I've never experienced a more engrossing story than ASOIAF, and if they change the story / format for future seasons, count me among the fans who'll be pissed off.
Apr. 4th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly with your last paragraph. I get more enjoyment out of some meaningful dialogue than a big fight scene. I've nothing against a fight scene now and then, but I really want more personal interactions and development.


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