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See Larrington, Winter is Coming 28, n. I watch it for historic reasons 57 author means to establish a permanent and stable contact with our times. Above all, this process is clear in San- sa Stark, who can be considered a symbol of the average reader.
Like the average fantasy consumer, she was raised in the myth of knight- hood, reading novels that we can compare to our chivalric romance. In part, this approach may be a consequence of the plethora of declarations by Martin, Benioff and Weiss concerning historical ac- curacy, which have fostered, especially in the fandom, what has been defined as a positivist approach to a medievalist production. It is quite ironic that, in recent decades, both historians and amateurs have most- ly evoked historical accuracy to criticize historical films or TV shows, yet in this case, due to the clever strategy of the authors, the fandom uses the same positivist approach to give GoT the allure of a product based on serious and meticulous historical research, even if we are speaking of a fantasy saga.
In fact, it is common to find on the internet analyses that, for example, compare the tragic death of Robb Stark during his wedding feast72 to some vague similar events that took place in Denmark in or in Scotland in , despite the fact that none of these were wedding feasts and despite the total lack of declarations by Martin on the topic The audience, observing the representation of these stereo- types, perceive them as plausible, recognizing them because they are familiar concepts, and this contributes to the creation of the historical allure of the production.
In Knight Errant , the painter Kokoscha pictured the end of the myth of chivalry at the beginning of the Great War. I watch it for historic reasons 63 archetypical ideal What he seems to want to say to his readers is that the knights as they knew them actually never existed.
Deconstructing medieval tropes such as knight- hood can be useful in historical research to offer a more complex and multifaceted view on a medieval social phenomenon, but its main purpose should not be to debunk medieval society per se. It turns out that Jon Snow is just as enamored with the nostalgic ideal of chivalry as Sansa is.
The postmodern Middle ages In conclusion, we can now try to outline the result of George R. The absence of moral absolute values, the lack of heroes and antagonists, the lack of a single point of view in the narration, the desire of breaking the rules of fantasy liter- ature94 — all these elements are sufficient to define ASoIaF and GoT as postmodern, both because of their contents and their style Martin and the myths of history.
Martin does not escape to the past by idealizing it, as Tolkien did to some degree, as a reaction to the chaos generated by two world wars In fact, both Tolkien and Martin had a strong relation, not only with the medieval past, but also with their present. As Mayer pointed out: Martin draws extensively from both medieval and post-medieval texts and tropes, as does Tolkien, and in- vites the same comparison to contemporary culture as does Tolkien.
This is quite the opposite of what Roberto Vacca did in , when he projected similar fears into the future. Along with a typical postmodern deconstruction of the idea of the Middle Ages, Martin has, at the same time, created and crystallized his own view of the medieval era that, mostly due to the TV show, has now become one of the most influent imageries of the Middle Ages in West- ern culture.
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Lowder, James, ed. Beyond the Wall. Lowell Grewell, Corey. Martin, George Raymond Richard. My cultural role is defined by childbirth. I can be bought and sold in marriage by my own--Oh, hey! I've got tits! Man, look at those things go. There are a set of manboobs which perhaps Martin has some personal experience with but not until book five. Even then, it's not the dude being hyperaware of his own--they're just there to gross out a dwarf. Not really a balanced depiction. If you're familiar with the show and its parodies on South Park and SNL this lack of dongs may surprise you.
Apparently, he plots as well as your average NaNoWriMo author: sorry none of my characters chose to be gay, nothing I can do about it. And balance really is the problem here--if you only depict the dark, gritty stuff that you're into, that's not realism, it's just a fetish. If you depict the grimness of war by having every female character threatened with rape, but the same thing never happens to a male character, despite the fact that more men get raped in the military than women , then your 'gritty realism card' definitely gets revoked.
The books are notorious for the sudden, pointless deaths, which some suggest is another sign of realism--but, of course, nothing is pointless in fiction, because everything that shows up on the page is only there because the author put it there. Sure, in real life, people suddenly die before finishing their life's work fantasy authors do it all the time , but there's a reason we don't tend to tell stories of people who die unexpectedly in the middle of things: they are boring and pointless.
They build up for a while then eventually, lead nowhere. Novelists often write in isolation, so it's easy to forget the rule to which playwrights adhere: your story is always a fiction. Any time you treat it as if it were real, you are working against yourself. The writing that feels the most natural is never effortless, it is carefully and painstakingly constructed to seem that way.
A staple of Creative Writing is to 'listen to how people really talk', which is terrible advice. A transcript of any conversation will be so full of repetition, half-thoughts, and non-specific words 'stuff', 'thing' as to be incomprehensible--especially without the cues of tone and body language.
Written communication has its own rules, so making dialogue feel like speech is a trick writers play. It's the same with sudden character deaths: treat them like a history, and your plot will become choppy and hard to follow. Not that the deaths are truly unpredictable. Like in an action film, they are a plot convenience: kill off a villain, and you don't have to wrap up his arc. You don't have to defeat him psychologically--the finality of his death is the great equalizer. You skip the hard work of demonstrating that the hero was morally right, because he's the only option left.
Likewise, in Martin's book, death ties up loose threads--namely, plot threads. Often, this is the only ending we get to his plot arcs, which makes them rather predictable: any time a character is about to build up enough influence to make things better, or more stable, he will die. Any character who poses a threat to the continuing chaos which drives the action will first be built up, and then killed off.
The next predictable thing [someone] is going to rise up and avenge his [death] So immediately [killing view spoiler [Robb hide spoiler ]] became the next thing I had to do. He's not talking about the characters' motivations, or the ideas they represent, or their role in the story--he isn't laying out a well-structured plot, he's just killing them off for pure shock value. Yet the only reason we think these characters are important in the first place is because Martin treats them as central heroes, spending time and energy building them.
Then it all ends up being a red herring, a cheap twist, the equivalent of a horror movie jump scare. It's like mystery novels in the 70's, after all the good plots had been done, so authors added ghosts or secret twins in the last chapter--it's only surprising because the author has obliterated the story structure. All plots are made up of arcs that grow and change, building tension and purpose. Normally, when an arc ends, the author must use all his skill to deal with themes and answer questions, providing a satisfying conclusion to a promising idea that his readers watched grow.
Or just kill off a character central to the conflict and bury the plot arc with him. Then you don't have to worry about closure, you can just hook your readers by focusing on the mess caused by the previous arc falling apart.
Make the reader believe that things might get better, get them to believe in a character, then wave your arms in distraction, point and yell 'look at that terrible thing, over there! Chaining false endings together creates perpetual tension that never requires solution--like in most soap operas--plus, the author never has to do the hard work of finishing what they started.
If an author is lucky, they die before reaching the Final Conclusion the readership is clamoring for, and never have to meet the collective expectation which long years of deferral have built up. It's easy to idolize Kurt Cobain, because you never had to see him bald and old and crazy like David Lee Roth.
Unlucky authors live to write the Final Book, breaking the spell of unending tension that kept their readers enthralled. Since the plot isn't resolving into a tight, intertwined conclusion in fact, it's probably spiraling out of control, with ever more characters and scenes , the author must wrap things up conveniently and suddenly, leaving fans confused and upset.
Having thrown out the grand romance of fantasy, Martin cannot even end on the dazzling trick of the vaguely-spiritual transgressive Death Event on which the great majority of fantasy books rely for a handy tacked-on climax actually, he'll probably do it anyways, with dragons--the longer the series goes on, the more it starts to resemble the cliche monomyth that Martin was praised for eschewing in the first place.
The drawback is that even if a conclusion gets stuck on at the end, the story fundamentally leads nowhere--it winds back and forth without resolving psychological or tonal arcs. But then, doesn't that sound more like real life? Martin tore out the moralistic heart and magic of fantasy, and in doing so, rejected the notion of grandly realized conclusions. Perhaps we shouldn't compare him to works of romance, but to histories. He asks us to believe in his intrigue, his grimness, and his amoral world of war, power, and death--not the false Europe of Arthur, Robin Hood, and Orlando, but the real Europe of plagues, political struggles, religious wars, witch hunts, and roving companies of soldiery forever ravaging the countryside.