The Telegraph reports that during the Edinburgh International Library Festival, the author discussed his process. "I've wrestled with the issue, because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don't want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn't see coming. But I can't change the plans. That's one of the reasons I used to read the early fan boards back in the '90s but stopped. One, I didn't have the time, but two is this very issue."
Martin has taken decades to develop his novels. His deep characters and developed plot lines have become iconic in literature. The television adaptation on HBO has helped solidify Game of Thrones as one of the most widely recognized stories of our time. Because of its fervent fan base, there are many theories floating around the web about where Martin will take the series. Of course, the author didn't confirm which theories were correct, but he did say he is very aware of what fans are saying on the internet.
"So what do I do then? Do I change it? I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster because the clues were there," Martin explained. "You can't do that, so I'm just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don't read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: 'See, I said that four years ago, I'm smarter than you guys.'"
One of the key things Martin said during the festival was that his Song of Ice and Fire series was "not a democracy." According to The Telegraph, he joked that fans would kill off hated characters much sooner if they'd had a vote.
Martin is currently writing the sixth novel in the series, Winds of Winter. No release date has been announced yet.
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