George RR Martin: I’m going to kill off so many beloved characters with no warning that it’ll traumatise my fans for years.

Marvel: Hold my beer.

Memo to Nick Spencer

Here is how a grownup author replies to criticism of his work. A few years ago a genre snob panned Game of Thrones in the NYT, and among other things, asserted that there are no female fantasy fans. (The reviewer was a woman.) Below is GRRM’s reply.

I usually make it a policy not to comment on reviews, especially negative reviewers. When you put your art out there in the marketplace on public view, some are going to like and some are going to hate it. Comes with the territory. And like Superchicken always said, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it.

Normally, I would not even comment on something as spectacularly wrong-headed and condescending as the review of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES recenltly published in the NEW YORK TIMES. There have been dozens and dozens of reviews of the show coming out all over the place, in newspaper and magazines, on television and radio, and of course on the web. Most, I am pleased to say, have been very good, but of course there are some bad ones as well. C’est la vie.

((Okay, I will confess, it does cheese me when I come across a reviewer who simply hates all fantasy. I had hoped that kind of literary snobbism was extinct, or nearly so. Maybe not.))

But the startling assertion in the TIMES review that women could not possibly like fantasy unless a lot of graphic sex was added to it (??) has prompted me to break my “no comment” rule. At least to extent of this post.

I see this morning that legions of female fantasy readers and self-proclaimed “geek girls” and “scifi chicks” have risen up all over the internet to say all the things that I’m too polite and too busy to say. And a lot more besides. I’d link to their blogs and posts here, but it would take hours. Google will lead you to them, if you’re interested. It would seem that so many outraged emails and posts poured into the TIMES that they had to shut down the comments section for the review.

I am not going to get into it myself, except to say
(1) if I am writing “boy fiction,” who are all those boys with breasts who keep turning up by the hundreds at my signings and readings?
(2) thank you, geek girls! I love you all.

ETA: Here is the bad review, for the curious. The reviewer is a complete moron.








NO 😂

I’m George RR Martin 

growing up in maine us writers were of course always comparing ourselves to stephen king.  TURNS OUT HE’S FUCKING WRITER GEORG

“average writer writes 3 books a year" factoid actualy just statistical error. average person writes 1 book per year. Steven King, who lives in cave & writes over 10,000 each day, is an outlier adn should not have been counted

Stephen King is the challenge I set for myself daily.


Yes, Mister King is one of my influences. Oh, the happy storyteller in his happy little cave…