Sunday, April 27, 2014
George R.R. Martin Wisdom
Rolling Stone - "George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview"
"Where does your imagination come from?
Ideas are cheap. I have more ideas than I could ever write up. To my mind, it's the execution that is all-important.
It was the summer of 1991. I was still involved in Hollywood. My agent was trying to get me meetings to pitch my ideas, but I didn't have anything to do in May and June. It had been years since I wrote a novel. I had an idea for a science-fiction novel called Avalon. I started work on it and it was going pretty good, when suddenly it just came to me, this scene, from what would ultimately be the first chapter of A Game of Thrones. It's from Bran's viewpoint; they see a man beheaded and they find some direwolf pups in the snow. It just came to me so strongly and vividly that I knew I had to write it. I sat down to write, and in, like, three days it just came right out of me, almost in the form you've read.
Modern historians are interested in sociopolitical trends. I'm not interested in that. I'm interested in the stories. History is written in blood, a gold mine - the kings, the princess, the generals and the whores, and all the betrayals and wars and confidences. It's better than 90 percent of what the fantasist do make up."