George R.R. Martin, the author of the book series that forms the basis for HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” told an audience at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that some readers have already guessed the series’ ending.
The U.K. publication The Telegraph reports that when he was asked about fan theories posted on websites, Martin said, “I’ve wrestled with this issue, because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader; I don’t want to write predictable fiction.”
He added: “So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls— and creative, some of the theories are right.”
He also said: “At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.”
Martin said he wrestled with the question of whether to change the story, but decided that “would be a disaster, because the clues were there.”
Still, he added there are “hundreds of thousands” of message boards, and many fans don’t read them, so those viewers and readers will be surprised.
Asked about the reputation of science fiction as less worthy than literary fiction, Martin responded: “I’ve certainly been aware of this since I was a kid. I take heart from the fact that it is changing. When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take science fiction books away from me, and told me, ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades, why are you reading this s—?’ Except they were teachers so they said trash. ‘It’ll rot your mind,’ [they said]. ‘You should be reading “Silas Marner” or something like that.’” He added, “If I had been reading ‘Silas Marner’ I probably would have stopped reading.”
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