George R.R. Martin

This Is Why Queen Elizabeth Refused to Sit Atop the Iron Throne

Queen Elizabeth is surely allowed to sit on regular chairs that aren’t strictly representative of English royalty; the life… Read More

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Expect Unexpected (as in, Not in the Book) Character Deaths in ‘Game of Thrones” Upcoming Season

Faithful readers of George R. R. Martin’s bloody and harrowing A Song of Ice and Fire are going to be in for… Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Book Proposal Shows How Much the Series Changed — for the Better

British bookstore chain Waterstones posted and hastily deleted George R.R. Martin’s book proposal for A Game of Thrones yesterday, as sent to publisher HarperCollins in 1993. Of course the proposal is now available in perpetuity on the Internet, and the hard copy is reportedly on display at HarperCollins’ new London offices. The document has already attracted notice for how dramatically it departs from the final product as published so far; the book series supposedly still has two volumes to go, and Game of Thrones is still going strong on HBO. It’s also remarkable for how much of an improvement the changes are over Martin’s original vision for the series.

[Book and show spoilers unsurprisingly follow.] … Read More

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The 50 Sexiest Literary Villains

In The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, open-mouthed, says “I’ve never heard of a beautiful witch before,” Glinda famously quips that only bad witches are ugly. But ’tis not so — or at least, there are plenty of very bad witches who are the opposite of ugly: beautiful, sexy, charming, devastatingly intelligent, or all of the above. So, in honor of J.K. Rowling’s outrage that we all love Draco so much, here’s 50 villains that we wouldn’t kick out of… Read More

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50 Great Dark Books for the Dark Days of Winter

We’ve reached the time of year when the days seem impossibly short and the nights never ending. Good if you’re a vampire or like to go to sleep early, less exciting for the rest of us. So what is one to do with all this extra darkness? Well, read some dark books, of course. Because there’s nothing better to cut through the literal gloom than to curl up with some intellectual doom. All you need is a tiny light to see your book by. Read on for 50 gloriously dark novels to read during these dark days. After a while, you may even stop wishing for the light to… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: RIP Twisty

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round: Boardwalk goes out with a bang while Key & Peele try their hand at a PSA. … Read More

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“My Editor’s Head Exploded”: George R.R. Martin on ‘A World of Ice and Fire’ and What Makes Him Different From Tolkien at 92Y

A World of Ice and Fire, the book Salon critic Laura Miller likened to the Silmarillion of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy world, is probably most notable to many fans for what it’s not: the long-awaited sixth installment of A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy series the new book is a companion to. It also doesn’t tell the reader much about what’s happening, or will happen, on Game of Thrones. But the book, the result of six years of collaboration between Martin, two superfans, and over two dozen artists, is a testament to the staggeringly detailed “secondary world” Martin has created — a world that even five books and 40 episodes of television couldn’t fully contain. … Read More

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