George R. R. Martin will be hosting a live event, “Creating Brave New Worlds”, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival later today.
The event will be livestreamed by BBC Arts Online at 3pm EDT (8pm BST). You can discuss the event while it’s ongoing by supporting the bottom in the comments below.
[UPDATE: The stream has now concluded.]
George has also been interviewed by The Independent, who spoke to him during the Neuchâtel International Film Festival, at which he is guest of honor.
- Likening his propensity for brutally killing off characters to Hitchcock’s Psycho, he said, “I thought Psycho was an interesting choice because people are constantly saying I kill people in my work unexpectedly… Hitchcock and [writer] Robert Bloch did that in Psycho. I wanted to establish that connection in particular. I am hardly the first person to kill a character unexpectedly and thereby get a big reaction from the audience.”
- George also acknowledged the passion of his fanbase: “I have the best fans in the world for the most part. There is a minority who are annoying, it has to be said. But for every one of those, there are 500 who are just great and who are very supportive. They buy the books and come out in their thousands when I do a signing… With most writers, no one gives a shit when their book is coming out and even when it does come out, no one cares. I would much rather have my problem than their problem.”
- He again expressed his enthusiasm for a Game of Thrones movie to cap off the saga: “If we go seven or eight seasons and then the show is still big enough that we can get the $200m to finance a huge epic movie to end it… sure!”
George also spoke of his meager life growing up in New Jersey, his distaste for the changing nature of the publishing business, his writing process and much more.