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Game of Books: INFOGRAPHIC

gameofthronesElectric Literature has created an infographic called, “Game of Books, How A Song of Ice and Fire Stacks Up,” which explores how George R.R. Martin‘s tome compares in size to other great literary works in history.

Check it out: “George R.R. Martin has only completed five books of his seven-book series, yet it is already one of the longest stories ever told. At roughly 1,770,000 words, the first five books are 3.7 times as long as Lord of the Rings. Here is how many times these famous novels fit into the series.”

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How to Star in George R.R. Martin’s Next Book

George R.R. Martin is hoping to raise money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe. Donors that donate $20,000 or more can star in Martin’s next novel. This option is open to two lucky donors.

For those people with a more modest donation to offer, Martin is offering up the chance to visit the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary with him in a helicopter. He has created a donation page on Prizeo.com, where you can donate to the cause and check out all of the prizes. Check it out:

If you make a small donation to my campaign, you will automatically be entered to win an incredible experience. You and a friend will be flown out (from wherever you are in the world) to meet me in Santa Fé, where we’ll share a helicopter ride to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. In addition to touring the Sanctuary together, we’ll also have plenty of time to discuss the show, A Song of Ice and Fire, direwolves - and if there’s anything you have ever wanted to ask me, here’s your chance!

Joe Hanson Creates ‘The Science of Game of Thrones’ Video

Have you ever pondered about the complexities in the world that George R.R. Martin created in the Song of Ice & Fire series? Joe Hanson, the founder and curator of the “It’s Okay To Be Smart” YouTube channel, has decided to try and provide some clarity with a video called “The Science of Game of Thrones.”

In the video embedded above, Hanson tackles two questions: “Why are the seasons so crazy?” and “What are the secrets behind Valyrian steel?” He also talks about The Wall, wildfire, milk of the poppy, and dire wolves. Fair warning, viewers may encounter spoilers so proceed with caution. (via The Huffington Post)

Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors: INFOGRAPHIC

harrypotternotesNinja Essays has created an infographic called, “Top Writing Tools of Famous Authors,” which explores the technologies used by great writers.

According to the graphic, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Quentin Tarantino rely on pen and paper to get their ideas out. George R.R. Martin uses an old DOS machine that runs Wordstar 4.0.

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George R.R. Martin Reveals Plan to Keep ‘Games of Thrones’ From Catching Up to the Book Series

got logoHow will  author George R.R. Martin make sure that the Game of Thrones HBO series won’t catch up with him?

As fans of A Song of Ice and Fire know, Martin will pen two more installments to wrap up his popular book series. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the writer explained that the forthcoming fourth season is actually based on the second half of book three A Storm of Swords.

Should Game of Thrones continue in the future, Martin will consult with creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff to split books four and five, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, to prolong its story. He also noted other popular TV shows, Mad Men and Breaking Bad, did not suffer from a “hiatus inserted in the middle of the final season” so that is another option.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 New Trailer Unveiled

HBO has released a new trailer to promote the fourth season of Game of Thrones–what do you think? As of this writing, the video has received more than 261,000 “likes” on Facebook.

The season four premiere, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, will premiere on April 6th. Benioff and Weiss also served as co-directors for this first episode.

A Song of Ice & Fire book series author George R.R. Martin penned the script for the second episode of the fourth season. The stories that will be told in season four are adapted from the second half of Martin’s third book, A Storm of Swords. (via BuzzFeed)

George R.R. Martin’s Writing Tips

gameofthronesSci-fi author George R.R. Martin visited the Sydney Opera House to discuss his work and Lifehacker Australia was there and turned his discussion into a list of ten tips.

Among the tips from the Game of Thrones author, avoid cliche; grief is powerful, but don’t over use it; and violence should have consequences. Martin also pointed out that writers shouldn’t limit their characters just to meet a budget.

Here is more from Lifehacker Australia: “I knew right from the beginning I wanted the story to be large and complex. Before A Song of Ice and Fire I had been working in television for ten years. Whenever I turned in a script it was a common scene where they would say “George, this is great but it’s too big and expensive; you need to cut it down. You currently have 126 characters — we have a budget for six.”

Game of Thrones Character Gets His Own Book of Quotations

tyrionTyrion Lannister, one of the most popular characters from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series, will get his own book of quotations.

Random House’s Bantam Dell imprint will release The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister on October 29th, illustrated by artist Jonty Clark.

Over in the UK, Harper Voyager will publish it on November 7th.

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George R.R. Martin Smashes Paul & Storm’s Guitar

Game of Thrones novelist George R.R. Martin smashed a guitar at w00tstock 5.0 in San Diego last night, interrupting musicians Paul & Storm as they sang “Write Like the Wind (George R. R. Martin).”

As Martin stomped on the wreckage of the guitar, author Neil Gaiman appeared, shouting his famous catchphrase: “George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.” Sword & Laser co-host Veronica Belmont tweeted the video last night.

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George R.R. Martin Reveals True Shape of the Iron Throne

George R.R. Martin revealed this week that HBO’s “Iron Throne”–the throne of melted swords that has become a trademark part of the show–is “not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see.”

Martin shared a painting of the Game of Thrones centerpiece by Marc Simonetti, you can visit his post to see that image.  Above, we’ve embedded another painting of The Iron Throne by Simonetti from deviantART. Check it out:

That’s the Iron Throne as painted by the amazing Marc Simonetti (and if you haven’t gotten his 2013 Ice & Fire calendar, better hurry, the year’s half over) for the upcoming concordance, THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. It’s a rough, not a final version, so what you see in the book will be more polished. But Marc has come closer here to capturing the Iron Throne as I picture it than any other artist to tackle it. From now on, THIS will be the reference I give to every other artist tackling a throne room scene. This Iron Throne is massive. Ugly. Assymetric. It’s a throne made by blacksmiths hammering together half-melted, broken, twisted swords, wrenched from the hands of dead men or yielded up by defeated foes… a symbol of conquest… it has the steps I describe, and the height. From on top, the king dominates the throne room. And there are thousands of swords in it, not just a few.

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