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11 George R. R. Martin Quotes on Writing and Life

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George Raymond Richard Martin or GRRM or George R. R. Martin is one of the most influential people in the world. Martin is not only a fantastic storyteller but also contributes occasionally to his blog Not A Blog and is an active philanthropist.

How did we ever live without our most beloved fantasy novel, A Song of Fire and Ice or the Seven Kingdoms? Now, we don’t know life before Game of Thrones.

We recommend you dive into the fantasy world of George R. R. Martin. If you haven’t read any of his books, you should go grab one. If you haven’t watched any of the Game of Thrones episodes, then weekend binge a season. Both of them won’t let you down. Till then let’s bask in Martin’s power, wit and splendor.

Sleep is good, he says. But books are better.

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It is one thing to be clever and another to be wise.

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It’s really irritating when you open a book, and 10 pages into it you know that the hero you met on page one or two is gonna come through unscathed, because he’s the hero. This is completely unreal, and I don’t like it.

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Start with short stories. After all, if you were taking up rock climbing, you wouldn’t start with Mount Everest. So if you’re starting fantasy, don’t start with a nine-book series.

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One of the things I love, and I’m a voracious reader as well as a writer, is books that surprise me, that are not predictable.

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Over the years, more than one reviewer has described my fantasy series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, as historical fiction about history that never happened, flavoured with a dash of sorcery and spiced with dragons. I take that as a compliment.

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Nobody is a villain in their own story. We’re all the heroes of our own stories.

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Yes – 90% of fantasy is crap. And so is 90% of science fiction and 90% of mystery fiction and 90% of literary fiction.

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I have always regarded historical fiction and fantasy as sisters under the skin, two genres separated at birth. 

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My own heroes are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results… but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.

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I regard men and women as all human – yes there are differences, but many of those differences are created by the culture that we live in, whether it’s the medieval culture of Westeros, or 21st century western culture.

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