It’s been three months since the last episode of Game of Thrones aired and I have moved on. And it seems that George R.R. Martin has also moved on.
In a recent interview, he spoke about what he felt after the show ended and he said that it was “freeing”. Admittedly, many fans have been hounding on Martin to finish the last installments of A Song of Ice and Fire. He has received flak for taking too long to write them but now, it seems with the show finally wrapped up, he is able to focus more on writing.
“I don’t think [the TV series] was very good for me,” Martin said. “The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day … I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’”
He also shared his sentiments about the show and the books becoming popular, and laments that he could no longer enjoy the simple things in life.
I mean, I can’t go into a bookstore any more, and that used to be my favourite thing to do in the world… Now when I go to a bookstore, I get recognised within 10 minutes and there’s a crowd around me. So you gain a lot but you also lose things.
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