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Old 04-08-2013, 12:40 PM   #375
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Default Re: A Song of Ice and Fire Novels

Originally Posted by hops and stops
People should stop calling these books deep and well written. It's a questionably written series of fantasy books that is only successful from the lack of other epic fantasy-based sagas out there. From what I've read, the writer is totally crap and feeds off the killings of his main characters for no other reason than to shock the audience, but alas, most of today's readers haven't read more than five books the day they turn 18. So who cares how it's written let's be glad that they read something.

The tv series is similar. Just with boobs to try to get you through the lengths that could otherwise be filled with meaningful character developments.

I don't really disagree, but do consider these factors:

-Let's be honest, all fantasy writing is notoriously shitty. This isn't supposed to be Dostoevsky. It's fantasy written by a fantasy nerd for fantasy nerds. Its better than the majority of works in the genre, but it doesn't transcend the genre. Nothing wrong with that imo, you get what you expect.

-The chapter formatting with ten POVs per book spanning multiple chapters each is a very clever and suitable way to present a fantasy story. This style is the reason the series is a step up from other fantasy fair in terms of readibility.
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