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Forget the Winds of Winter, things are getting very chilly between the author and some of his fans. Last year, the creator of A Song of Ice and Fire explicitly promised that Book Six would be on the bookshelves by the time WorldCon 2020 happened in August. Even with all the restrictions this year, the fantasy convention went ahead with no sign of the latest long-awaited installment in the saga. Martin just posted a new message to all his readers over the Halloween weekend and a backlash erupted.
It has been over nine years since A Dance With Dragons arrived and every year fan frustration has grown louder. Especially since the ending has been spoiled by the completion of the HBO adaptation.
The show deviated from the books with some storylines but the main plot points were shared by Martin with the producers.
The author has been holed up at his mountain cabin writing but occasionally posts updates or chatty discussions about other topics, especially his love for American Football.
When he posted an amusing photo to wish fans a happy Halloween, the harshness of some responses sparked a major battle between two opposing sides of fans.
One comment in particular started it all off: “You’re a great writer but a very small Man. No respect for your Readers. I deeply regret Buying your books. You’ve responsabilities related to your success.”
Replies flooded in: “A bit harsh, definitely. But no news, no honest update, lies, lots of Time consuming projects, nothing but unrelated news for fans who’ve made him since the very begining. It’s Time to leave the boat.”
Another said: “With the speed he’s going I am afraid he’ll die first. He lacks vision to close all the plots in a cohesive way. And his editor lacks discipline to cut down on the number of meandering plots that opened up the whole story like a bloody gash. There won’t be any continuation.”
One added: “I am deeply sorry to agree with you. I love his books and after reading him I can’t imagine a better writer than George. But I think that victim of procrastination he’s been lack of inspiration. I hope it doesn’t affect the outcome of the story.”
Fans pointed out Martin’s previous promise: “I remember you saying that (if the Winds of Winter isn’t out by July 29, 2020, the fans can imprison George Martin). Therefore, I would like from you to send us your location so we can proceed with the rest. come on man, stick to your word and release the book!”
Others highlighted the problem of writing books that everyone already knows the ending to: “Creatively it must be frustrating to know your story’s ending has already been told and the incentive to write it has all but evaporated. Deep down I think he regrets selling this story to tv too early, but it is what it is. I’m amazed he’s still trying to write it.”
A common please was just some clarity about Martin’s progress: “Can we just get an honest update of the book? I don’t even care at this point when we get… are you 50% done 60%?”
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However, almost as many comments also sprung up in defense of the author.
“Here’s a thought for you bro: GRRM doesn’t owe you a god damned thing. This is how the relationship works; he writes the books whenever he damn well pleases and you decide whether to pay for them or not. That’s it. The book will come when it comes.”
“He has no responsibility whatsoever to you or anyone else. He’s trying to complete the series he’s poured his heart and soul into and he probably wants it to be perfect. Not to mention the more pressure you people put him under, the longer it will take.”
“Why are you talking about respect when you are keeping this selfish attitude? George doesn’t work for you. If you are not satisfied go there and write a fanfic.”
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