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  • Haha love this week’s choices for the GoT Laughs! I’m an enormous HP Nerd in addition to my love of ASOIAF, so any reference that connects the two is always great ;) Oh, and the last one is simply hysterical! I bet Ned never knew that all those biology classes at school would someday pay off XD (I’m still waiting for the day when mine do… :P I made more of those little genetics charts than you can count! Haha)

  • Man! I really hope Martin prepared something big for us in the Winds. I think he haven’t killed that many characters lately and I am so eager for an event like RD.. or death of characters like Dany, Tyrion or Arya – because I think people once again started to think he just cannot kill them, because they are important for the story and they will be there til the end haha :D

  • crack,

    George RR Martin doesn’t kill characters for fun. He does it in a way that will advance the story to the next level

  • There was a funny counter-meme to the “you’re adorable” one, but I can’t find the pic at the moment (just got up and need my coffee… xD). Basically it’s GRRM saying, “it’s hard to finish a long novel series”, and JK Rowling replying, “you’re adorable”.

    I don’t normally condone the “writer faster GRRM” whiners but that was kind of a good zing, you have to admit ^^

  • Morrigan:
    There was a funny counter-meme to the “you’re adorable” one, but I can’t find the pic at the moment (just got up and need my coffee… xD). Basically it’s GRRM saying, “it’s hard to finish a long novel series”, and JK Rowling replying, “you’re adorable”.

    I don’t normally condone the “writer faster GRRM” whiners but that was kind of a good zing, you have to admit ^^

    That one doesn’t work… a five year old could write the Harry Potter books.

  • @KG

    In defense of GeekFurious, the Harry Potter novels are much simpler from an artistic standpoint. GRRM is a much better writer, and hasn’t had Rowling’s monetary success. See, as Young Adult books, the Harry Potter series has a much wider readership, because typically, kids have more time to read (even if they don’t use it). Still, YA novels tend to send hand and fist over their grown-up counterparts. Moreover, writing isn’t a science, you cannot sit down with a formula and plug in names to scenarios and dress it up with fancy prose to get an instant bestseller. You have to take into account the flighty nature of public opinion. Harry Potter was in the right place at the right time, it wasn’t great. So, if I might paraphrase your own condemnation: It’s adorable how trite you are.

  • I grew up a HP fan, and graduated with a degree in biology, so I found today’s laughs especially enjoyable. Can’t wait for the production video tomorrow!

  • It can happen ! George and JK , that lunch was awkward indeed…….maybe
    GRRM will help Rowling with a ” Potter Compendium “, and vice versa.
    Let’s see, Melisandre once attended Hogwarts in her youth………………

    Mendelian Principles rule everywhere ( along with the laws sustaining life
    and energy ) !! I like this ( @abuse_.ss): ! Every Geneticist in practice or
    in training is applauding this message, right along with ASOAIF fans.

  • While I normally try to stay out of fan arguing, I am of the opinion that anyone that says JK Rowling’s writing isn’t good hasn’t taken a good look at her books. There are references to things way before they come into play like in ASOIAF. She is masterful at writing character interaction, including characters getting distracted or cutting themselves off as happens in normal life. Both Rowling and Martin are good authors with very different styles. And no, she wasn’t simply at the right place at the right time. She does in fact have talent. Not anyone could write like her.

  • SJGIM,

    No argument from me in that regard, my reading both series were very
    affecting, it’s all about the parameters and intent. Both exceeded their
    hopes in being respected equally for their work ( not measured in $$ ).

  • crack:
    Man! I really hope Martin prepared something big for us in the Winds. I think he haven’t killed that many characters lately and I am so eager for an event like RD.. or death of characters like Dany, Tyrion or Arya – because I think people once again started to think he just cannot kill them, because they are important for the story and they will be there til the end haha :D

    Or like Jon, who died at the end of Dance?

  • LOLz! These are good indeed! The Ned one so nailed his facial expressions IMO.

    A general observation…a woman has noticed that commenters have gotten a bit cranky lately, with frequent squabbling over petty things observed. Why can’t commenters simply let things go if they don’t agree? Is it necessary to turn a fun fan site into a pissing contest over every reference one doesn’t agree with? Please people, for the sake of the overall tone, can we respect that others don’t always agree with our particular tastes and not squabble? Peace on earth and all…(climbs off soapbox).

  • Mrs. H’ghar:
    LOLz! These are good indeed! The Ned one so nailed his facial expressions IMO.

    A general observation…a woman has noticed that commenters have gotten a bit cranky lately, with frequent squabbling over petty things observed. Why can’t commenters simply let things go if they don’t agree? Is it necessary to turn a fun fan site into a pissing contest over every reference one doesn’t agree with? Please people, for the sake of the overall tone, can we respect that others don’t always agree with our particular tastes and not squabble? Peace on earth and all…(climbs off soapbox).

    I agree, sometimes the discussions get uncomfortably personal. But I would hate to discourage the exchange of differing opinions. Reading a wide variety of impressions and observations about the books and the show makes this site infinately more fascinating! Let’s agree to disagree politely! (Thanks Mrs. H’ghar for the loan of the soap box.)

  • WildSeed,

    Agreed, and now I am imagining Melisandre at Hogwarts.

    These remind me of the GOT parody where Harry Potter is found North of the wall.

    Joshua Taylor: Or did he?

    Lol. I’ve had a lot of debate about that. I am of the opinion that he may come back inside of Ghost, like the other wildling Varamyr. (Doesn’t he mention something about wishing he could have come back in ghost?)

    Mrs. H’ghar,

    (This may not have been directed at me, but if it was:)
    I know, I know. And I usually try not to enter into online arguments because in writing I often come off as either way too wishy-washy or harsher than intended. It is never my intent to insult someone, and just because I dislike a particular opinion does not mean I dislike a poster or disagree with them necessarily on other issues. However, I have always thought part of what is great about fan sites is being able to see the conflict in opinions as long as it is pertinent to the topic.
    I see it as a problem when the arguments get personal, with fans insulting each other as opposed to discussing the actual issue.

    (Basically what Addy Stark said. *Tips hat*)

    P.S. TBH what bothers me is less people disliking JK Rowling and more people saying anyone could write a series. To write an entire book with complete plot and developed characters is difficult. To write a series is more so. Most couldn’t do it never the less do it well, go through editing, and get it published.

  • Christopher Ruocchio,

    It’s not trite to give someone credit for succeeding in their endeavor. She set out to write excellent kids/young adult books, and did so.

    Just like you apparently set out to be an obnoxious, dickish poseur, and you’ve succeeded. Grats, I guess. But maybe you should aim higher :)

  • GeekFurious,

    That one doesn’t work… a five year old could write the Harry Potter books.

    Right, because it is so easy to plot a series through seven books, come up with all the characters, keep tracks of them – not to mention all the beautiful language she has in her world: Muggle, Hogwarts, Quidditch, Dumbledore, Avade-Kedavra – the list is huge – they are all wonderful, emotive words.

    Whatever you think of the Harry Potter series, you are fool if you deny the creative genius it took to think up that world.

  • Morrigan:
    There was a funny counter-meme to the “you’re adorable” one, but I can’t find the pic at the moment (just got up and need my coffee… xD). Basically it’s GRRM saying, “it’s hard to finish a long novel series”, and JK Rowling replying, “you’re adorable”.

    Thing is though, when you consider how much longer the ASOIAF books are compared to HP, Rowling didn’t really finish any earlier than Martin did.

    Ismael Isak:
    crack,

    George RR Martin doesn’t kill characters for fun. He does it in a way that will advance the story to the next level

    I’m making my predictions now:
    Jaqen H’ghar kills Sam in Oldtown
    Mel brings Jon back from the dead, a la Thoros
    Victarion and Barristan both die in the Battle of Meereen.
    Brienne kills Catelyn, then dies herself.

    Littlefinger pushes Sansa out the Moondoor.

  • No one is pushing anybody out the moon door because no one lives there, or will occupy that castle for the foreseeable future.

    And Sansa is about to go apeshit on LF and probably the entire realm.

  • Henry,

    Wow! Hold the toilet seat, my friend! Who said I was a Sansa hater? She may not be my heart’s desire, but from there to hating the poor girl… (Are you feeling better now?)

  • Lana,

    Well, you and the person you were answering did seem to enjoy the idea of Sansa being pushed to her horrible death. Sansa-haters make me sick, too.