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final thoughts: game of thrones

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So I finished reading what’s been published of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, and I’m really impressed. The fantasy genre is really challenging, in my opinion, for authors, because it’s so hard to separate what is, effectively, imagination from the person who is imagining. I read a lot, and widely, but I’m always looking for a good fantasy story. What stops most fantasy I read from being good is the fact that, eventually, the presence of the author becomes so overt that it distracts me. I feel manipulated, and I feel that, in fact, the author has no control over the story. Which is not to say that this is always bad; many novels and authors I admire do this intentionally. The line between the author, the narrator, and the protagonist has always been blurred from the first fictions.

(Image via Bantam Books)

I feel that George R. R. Martin is a really effective writer in that he doesn’t ever break the fourth wall. There is no anachronism. His cover had me entirely convinced. I don’t know who the protagonist is, the narrator changes each chapter, and I never notice the presence of the author. It’s pretty great. I get sucked in. I really like these books, and I would buy them in paperback, just so I could hug them instead of my eReader (which I hug anyways).

2 responses »

  1. one puppy to another

    Hi pan47,
    I’ve been quite engrossed in the TV show adaption of this series and have been pondering whether to read the books or not. Thanks for the insightful comments. I hope the TV show pans out according to George R. R. Martin’s vision in that case. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog posts in the future 🙂


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