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Just No

http:// http://www.avclub.com/article/hbo-wants-your-game-thrones-stuff-book-212927?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds

If no one’s making money off your fan fiction then you shouldn’t give it so that someone else does. HBO are offering resolutely poor terms and conditions for your contributions.  Martin stopped the fan fiction being published on Amazon so I’m not sure why he’s allowing this to happen. 

Make your own worlds and control them.  Make better art that’s yours and ask people to contribute towards you being in a position to make more of it. As artists, we’re traditionally bad at managing the business side of things but that’s where we get screwed over. 

If you’ve looked at the hacked emails of the Sony producers then you can get an idea of how they feel about the actual artists without whom they wouldn’t exist. 
We can help each other. Art isn’t a zero sum game and we’re not in competition.  We’re not enemies but the illusions of scarcity allow for such disparities. 

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This song came up on an advert and with so much new music, I googled it to find that it’s the same actor who portrayed Grey Worm. Maybe this is the song that could be added to the limited repertoire that seems to be Bear and The Maiden or The Rains of Castermere. A lovely song that was surprisingly touching.

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On Dorne

I cannot wait to see more of Dorne in the next season. The scenes were my favourites in the books, very inspiring and it captured Martin’s skill in evoking strange yet familiar places and people. Being anything less than noble in the Seven Kingdoms would be shit to live in, but I do love to visit. 

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A Song of Ice and Fire/A Dance With Dragons

Just caught up with A Song of Ice and Fire, in particular A Dance With Dragons, which is my favourite so far, in that the scale is bigger and the stakes are much higher, and that we see the continued consequences of good intentions. It is interesting in that the show has made different choices than the books, so I can still watch it without feeling it is being foreshadowed for me entirely.  

There is a scene with Cersei, that ranks as one of the most harrowing in the book, a walk through Kings Landing that subjects her to church-ordained torment in the name of absolution and confession, but it ends on such a strong note(for her) even though it too is a pay off for some disturbing events earlier in the series.

I’ve always been selective with fantasy, Martin impressed me from the start with the series and it is the only fantasy series that sits on my bookshelf, although I will get Patrick Rothfuss’ trilogy at some point. I have John Scalzi’s books on audio, but that’s as much for Wil Wheaton’s performance as anything else. 

 

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