Game of Thrones, as well as its source material A Song of Ice and Fire, are undoubtedly successful. The show managed to introduce fantasy newbies to a whole new genre of content, and by extensions, the amazing novels by George R.R. Martin. These books tell the story of political intrigue, massive betrayals, and epic battles of Shakespearean proportion, but that’s not to say they are totally perfect.
Of course, no piece of media out there is perfect, and a lot of it largely has to do with personal taste, as you have plenty of authors who have different philosophies when it comes to storytelling. In the case of A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin decided to tell the story from countless perspectives, allowing audiences to get engaged with many different characters, and along the way, killing some of them off.
Apparently, The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski isn’t the biggest fan of this method, as he told Martin (via Redanian Intelligence).
“I appreciate the work of George R.R. Martin. I like his series, but found his books have too many protagonists. Once I asked him: ‘But why do you kill all those characters?’. ‘Because I like it,’ he replied. I don’t think the readers feel the same way.”
Not sure I agree with Sapkowski here, as his ability to kill off main characters is what added to a lot of tension to the story. Of course, as the cast started to dwindle, we really started to see who were the main characters and who were the supporting ones, but I think it worked in their favor, and in terms of the novels, getting inside many characters’ heads really allowed us to empathize with even the worst of people.
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SOURCE: Redanian Intelligence