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I just finished the last (5th) book that's out, so far, and read some theories online that absolutely blew my mind.
This is a great TV series on HBO, and the books are ten times better.
Lets start discussion.
My opinion on the matter is that George R.R. Martin is a windbag who dosn't care about his fans and writes way too detailed descriptions about stuff. Seriously, the books have no need to be that long. If there was that much story in them thats fine but sometimes there are just page long descriptions of 'what this guy is eating at the moment'. You could easily shave a hundred pages off each novel and lose nothing of value.
That said, I gave up on the books half way through the second novel and only watched the first couple episodes of the HBO show. I'm not a fan.
I did like Arya and Tyrion though. They both had really cool story-lines going. I just didn't like them enough to sit and read hundred of pages of pointless background detail and other characters I didn't like doing pointless stuff and getting themselves killed to find out what the two characters I liked were doing.
My opinion on the matter is that George R.R. Martin is a windbag who dosn't care about his fans and writes way too detailed descriptions about stuff.
Do you read a lot? This is very common...
Over 50 books a year.
Most writers don't do full page descriptions listing all the food at the feast that is all completely irrelevant to the actual plot. One or two points of description maybe is what you'd get from most writers.
Stephen king is known for this. Long epics are often like this.
To clarify I'm not saying the books are BAD. The storylines are certainly engaging and they have well rounded character. Tyrion in particular was awesome.
I'm just saying that I can't even drudge through the books to get to the bits I do enjoy.
Also: Thanks for the heads up I know never to read Stephen King now. ;-)