Is Game of Thrones Appropriate for Children? George R. R. Martin Says…
HBO’s Game of Thrones and the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, which the show is based on, are well-known for containing a plethora of adult content such as gruesome violence, coarse language, and, some say gratuitous, nudity. So clearly, it’s not meant for kids. But what does the brains behind the story, series author George R. R. Martin, think of children who are fans of his work?
Martin tells the Brisbane Times, “There is a perception in some quarters, usually people who don’t like or don’t read fantasy, that fantasy is kids’ stuff. It’s got dragons and wizards in it, it must be Harry Potter, but let me assure anyone watching this: My books are not Harry Potter and they’re not recommended for eight and nine-year-olds or even eleven and twelve-year-olds. There’s a lot of adult material in my books so, you know... not unless your kid is really precocious should he be reading my books, the dragons and wizards not withstanding.”
Martin also gave a specific example of a young boy he encountered at one of his book signings. “Every once in a while I get nonplussed at a signing when someone who I think is probably too young shows up,” Martin says. “I had a signing in England once where I had a young kid and his mother was behind him and so I was signing the book for him and he was telling me how much he loved the book, and then I sort of looked at the mother and she said, ‘He was into the third book before I realized they were wildly inappropriate, what could I do?!’”
So there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. GoT is not appropriate for kids, but as for the rest of us, bring on the dragons and wizards!