Are you happy now? George R.R. Martin feels your pressure to finish the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series on which the HBO series Game of Thrones is based. He really, truly does. And now, thanks to a lengthy interview (Posted below! Because who loves ya more than Nerdist, you guys? No one.) with New Mexico’s PBS channel program “New Mexico In Focus,” we see, candidly, just how real that pressure is for the prolific author.
Finally tackling the question of how that fan-love and expectancy affects him? “It’s pressure,” Martin admitted. “The obligation is to the work itself. It’s one story, much as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is one story. But when the writing is going well, it doesn’t matter. I forget the world, I forget deadlines, I forget the TV show.”
But thankfully, the author doesn’t worry himself with feeling obligated to the fans who can, at times, harangue the author with their desire for more. “Obligation is an odd word. I don’t know if I would go with that word, but I certainly feel a desire to finish the book — and it must be said that I do get a lot of emails and mail-mails of the type you’re describing — … but I’ve actually given up answering the question ‘When will it be done, when will it be done,'” the author remarked at one point.
“In the early days, particularly after the third book [A Storm of Swords], the fourth book took a long time and I kept being wrong. I would give an answer and then it would not be done by then. … Once you give a date and you miss that date, there’s an element of the audience that thinks you’re doing it deliberately.”
Watch the whole interview in full — it’s a good one!
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