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We're Number One...

... in graphic novels.

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


(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.


Jul. 5th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
I thought Sarella Sand's skin was described as "dark as teak"?
Jul. 6th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
Yes, that's true... but Sarella's mother was a trader from the Summer Islands. The four eldest Sand Snakes each have different mothers, and their appearance varies considerably as a consequence. (Their younger half-sisters, the daughters of Ellaria Sand, are a different matter).
Jul. 8th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
Thank you for answering. I misunderstood something and was confused for a moment.

If you don't mind (and you can always choose to not approve this message if you don't like it) I'd like to take the opportunity to say something: I've been a fan of this series for maybe a decade, it's given me a lot of joy as well as a lot to think about in terms of the real world and in terms of the power of fiction. I'm also a female person of color, and a politically aware one, I like to think.

Up until very recently, Arianne Martell was as close as I ever got to seeing myself in fantasy in a three-dimensional, significant and meaningful (meaning not Minor Character X) way. Ever. I've been on the earth for three decades, I've been told we live in a post-racism world, and yet she was the first, so I thought. It doesn't make me like her any less to "know" (I know you left the issue of the Martells' appearance open to interpretation, so I use the word loosely) that she's maybe not like me after all. I'm not soured on the story, and I don't go around having high hopes about this sort of thing anyway, seeing as how it's usually futile. But it does strike me as strange that people can be so dismissive about why people would like to "see themselves" in their fiction.

To give a notorious geek example, Whoopie Goldberg talked about how inspiring it was for her to see a black woman on the bridge of the original Enterprise on Star Trek, working in a trusted position of competency alongside all her male and mostly white colleagues. These things do touch people, these issues do make a difference.

I want to thank you for expressing your sympathy for people who care about issues of representation in the media. It honestly means a lot to me.

I also want to say that from my perspective, anger over the lack of representation on such important issues as race is qualitatively different at anger over anger over the lack of representation on race. Those fellow fans whom I do know that are disappointed don't derive any pleasure from being indignant or righteously angry, they feel disenfranchised. Your story is one piece of the puzzle, but for some, it was a piece they were hoping would stand against the tide. In contrast, those who are so upset that some fans are upset about this issue are angry because -- why? Because a book or a show they love has detractors? Those are not on the same level of human significance. I don't know everything that has been said and don't condone mudslinging, but this issue is important enough to me to go the process of potentially and regretfully wasting your time to say it.

And while I don't talk about the show very much there, I do have a Tumblr. I like to think we're not all cesspool dwellers. I have been in many places in this fandom, and there are awful people everywhere. There are also amazing people everywhere. Every place is a mixed bag, because that's a reflection of the human condition. Having read your books, I think you would agree, although I do not mean to be presumptuous. Perhaps your information is second hand, I don't know, I always assumed you kept largely away from your internet fandom (I know I would if I was an author), and I don't mean to put you on the spot to Explain Yourself or anything like that. But since it came up perhaps you might find another perspective interesting. Tumblr and twitter users are also not mutually exclusive from, for example, people who blog on Livejournal, post on westeros.org or comment on WICnet. You have a lot of diverse fans in diverse places.
Jul. 11th, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
Re: House Martell Casting
I do "keep largely away" from my internet fandom. For one thing, there is so much of it. Which is great, but also means it would be impossible to keep up. Also, while 99% of my fans are great, there is always that last percent, the ones who are nasty, abusive, etc. And some of them can get VERY abusive.

I am aware of how Lt. Uhura helped to inspire Whoopie Goldberg. The original STAR TREK was a ground-breaking series in many ways, and for that I applaud them. Permit me to point out, however, that Uhura was always a secondary character. Kirk was the hero of that show. The others were supporting characters. A supporting character can, I think, be a good character... interesting, vital, intriguing... and yes, even inspirational.

Depending on which book we are discussing, I have anywhere from seven to sixteen POV characters... but hundreds of supporting characters, in varying degrees of importance. And some of them are HUGELY important, and very popular as well. Varys, Littlefinger, Bronn, the Hound, the Queen of Thorns... none of them are POV characters, but all of them have more fans, and more "screen time," than such POV characters as Quentyn Martell, Arys Oakheart. Areo Hotah, Damphair, and so forth. Just because a character has a supporting role does not mean they have no worth.

Yes, I do understand the desire of some readers to "see themselves" in books, television shows, films, etc. At least I understand it intellectually. Emotionally, maybe less so. As an old time comic book geek, I know that Robin was added to Batman so kids would have someone to identify with... but even I was a kid, I never identified with Robin. I identified with Batman. Like every other kid I knew.

That being said, I do my best to include a diverse cast of characters, of all races, colors, and ethnicities, and will continue to do so.


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