George R. R. Martin: Writing is a Journey

“People think that [fantasy] is entertainment for children or particularly slow adults.” 

– George R. R. Martin –

Truer words were never spoken.  Yes, the genre is vastly entertaining (to read and write), but too often critics cast it aside without realizing that in the right hands, fantasy can – and does – tackle some of society’s toughest issues.  By the unenlightened few, a fantasy writer is also dismissed as flakey or in the very least, something less than a serious author.

In this thoughtful and intelligent interview, George R. R. Martin neatly disposes of both stereotypes. He speaks with George Stroumboulopoulos about the journey that is writing.

2 comments on “George R. R. Martin: Writing is a Journey

  1. Consider the Fantasy writer’s world. Not content with the “real” world which is available to the respectable Fiction Writer, the fantasy writer has to create an entire culture to set his (or her) story in. The trick is to make the fantasy world believable. Not a task for the faint of heart or for a flaky author.
    Fantasy and science fiction are legitimate forms of literature, enjoyed by many, not particularly slow, adults.

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