- George R.R. Martin (via indisposablehero)
This is one of the most beautiful quotes I think I have ever read. I love it, and I will treasure it for my entire life.
[One of the strongest female characters is Catelyn Stark, in my point of view.] Well, I wanted to make a strong mother character. The portrayal women in epic fantasy have been problematical for a long time. These books are largely written by men but women also read them in great, great numbers. And the women in fantasy tend to be very atypical women… They tend to be the woman warrior or the spunky princess who wouldn’t accept what her father lays down, and I have those archetypes in my books as well. However, with Catelyn there is something reset for the Eleanor of Aquitaine, the figure of the woman who accepted her role and functions with a narrow society and, nonetheless, achieves considerable influence and power and authority despite accepting the risks and limitations of this society. She is also a mother… Then, a tendency you can see in a lot of other fantasies is to kill the mother or to get her off the stage. She’s usually dead before the story opens… Nobody wants to hear about King Arthur’s mother and what she thought or what she was doing, so they get her off the stage and I wanted it too. And that’s Catelyn.
If someone could pass this onto the HBO production team…
I’ve met Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (and their charming moms). They’re terrific, bright and beautiful and bursting with enthusiasm, excited to be a part of this.
And now I’m having pangs of guilt about all the horrors that they’re going to have to go through in the months and years to come, thanks to me.
I’m going to have to rewrite the books so only nice things happen to Arya and Sansa. Might change the story some.
George R.R Martin (Oct. 26th, 2009)
”The women are the strong ones” whispered George R. R. Martin as he wrote an entire series about how powerful men’s poor handling of their extremely tedious manpain fucks up the lives of literally EVERY SINGLE PERSON around them.
A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes) —
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.
George R.R. Martin. (via kayleyhyde)
Ahem. People who don’t like Sansa- see the above. The ‘reader’ is officially Sansa, and that end bit about a love to last forever. Too many feels.
so at miscon 2012, george r.r. martin read not one but two chapters from winds of winter!
he also answered a pressing and important question: what word did brienne of tarth scream in feast for crows?
SPOILERS FOR FEAST AND WINDS UNDER THE CUT!
Agreed—but if the zombies show up, we use that as leverage to ensure the survival of particular characters, and also to force him to confirm or deny various theories about Jon Snow’s parentage.
Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon, aka “The Usurper”
Sigil: It would be a gryphon, a creature with the body of a lion and a head of an eagle. I don’t know why, but to be attacked by one of those would be pretty horrible.
First ruling: Free beer for everyone. Absolutely!
Sean Bean as Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, aka “The Hand”
Sigil: Two crossed swords because it represents my football team, Sheffield United. That’s their badge. The team has been relegated, by the way.
First ruling: Sheffield United gets promoted next season.
Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, aka “Blonde Ambition”
Sigil: A big wooden sailing ship with a busty maiden shouting, “Ahoy, mate!!”
First ruling: Everyone has a limitless shopping day where they can go wherever they want, buy whatever they want, and no one asks if you want store credit.
Nicolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, aka “The Kingslayer”
Sigil: A pint of milk.
First ruling: Fawlty Towers marathon on all networks.
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Kit Harington as Jon Snow, aka “The Bastard”
Sigil: I immediately thought of one but it’s not very cool. I’m a Capricorn. A Capricorn is a mountain goat isn’t it? So I think that I’m a goat. I don’t know, but it feels like it should be a wolf now honestly after doing this show. God knows what it was before, but now it’s a wolf.
First ruling: I don’t know. My mother would probably choose!
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, aka “The Lost Stark”
Sigil: I wouldn’t have a wolf because I’m not that strong, I’m not that powerful. I’d maybe have a ballerina because ballerinas have such grace and they also have strength within them, so that’s probably me. I’m much stronger than Sansa is at the start but also I’m kind, caring I suppose. I’m Grade 7 ballet at the moment.
First ruling: No homework!
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, aka “Boy”
Sigil: A turtle because they can go on land, they can go in sea. They’re my favorite animal. They’re really cute and they can grow up really big. They’ve got different types of turtles, there’s snapping turtles and really cute ones, like, tiny ones. There’s a good variety of them, and you never get bored.
First ruling: I would ban school uniforms for everyone, all over the world. They’re so frustrating. At our school we have a thing called summer uniforms, and you’re not allowed to take your jumper off when you’re outside so you get really, really hot and our school uniform is black, so it’s horrible. If you ban school uniforms then everyone could wear what they wanted to wear and you wouldn’t get hot.
Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo, aka “My Sun and Stars”
Sigil: A lion. It’s the king of the jungle. Have you ever seen a lion up close? Drogo walking with a gigantic lion. It’s pretty rad.
First ruling: Free beer and free sex for everyone — free love that is. Back to the ’60s, man. And no clothes … except for Mark Addy!
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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, aka “Moon of My Life”
Sigil: I would be an element — water. Because as an actor you have to be changeable and water can be so many different things. Deep, like water. (laughs) We could go on for hours. The metaphor just keeps on going!
First ruling: There will be music playing in the streets, joyful, happy music. Reggae!
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen, aka “The Dragon”
Sigil: I would love to say dragon because they are clearly the best sigil in Game of Thrones. But for me it would probably be something small and nocturnal. A bat? Dunno why.
First ruling: A two-week house party in Buckingham Palace.
George R.R. Martin, author, aka “A Cruel and Savage God”
Sigil: Probably something like a quill pen for a writer or something like that would be appropriate. But way back in the 1980s, I won the Hugo Award which is the biggest award for science fiction fantasy and it’s shaped like a silver rocketship. I won two of them in a single year which no one had ever done before. And so for a while, my now wife, then my girlfriend, Paris, would make me these sigils of two crossed Hugos instead of crossed swords.
First ruling: Everybody has to get HBO.
That GRRM is the best screenwriter on staff.
That GRRM is the only writer who gives a shit about Sansa.
That GRRM is the only writer who can consistently write awesome…
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