A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin is surely feeling the pressure to complete his magnum opus before Game of Thrones catches up to him, so he’s letting us know just how much he’s been working on his new book... except it’s not the next book in the series he’s been working on.
George has been hard at work on his compendium about the history of the Seven Kingdoms, The World of Ice and Fire, and he’s released a new excerpt detailing the “history of the Rhoynar, the final fatal war between the proud princes of the river and the dragonlords of old Valyria,” according to George’s blog. While this sounds super... interesting... we can’t help but feel George should be working on the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter, instead. Especially after hearing just how much George has been working on his faux history textbook.
“[World of Ice and Fire coauthors] Elio and Linda went through all the published novels, the Dunk & Egg stories, etc, pulled out the historical references, legends, and such, organized all of that into a chronology, and wrote a first draft,” George says of the new book’s writing process. “Then I stepped in, revising their draft, filling the holes, answering questions, resolving contradictions, and adding new material where little or none existed in the published books. Of course, as with the novels, ‘the tale(s) grew in the telling,’ and I ended up adding a LOT... so much that in the end we had to rip out more than two hundred thousand words of it.”
200,000 words?! George, you can’t be serious. To put that in perspective, A Game of Thrones was only 284,000 words. A Storm of Swords, the longest book in the series, was 404,000. If The Winds of Winter is around the same length of A Storm of Swords, then theoretically George could have written half the book in the time he spent working on this side project.
Source: George R. R. Martin's Blog
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