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GRRM on Today

George R. R. Martin continued his victory(?) tour with a stop on the Today Show yesterday, where he was interviewed by Ryan Seacrest.

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Winter Is Coming: It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.

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  • Ya got to love the big fella. That said, all this celebrity touring musn’t leave much time for writing. WE WANT TWOW!!!

  • It’s funny that before the Red Wedding he said he was going to Antarctica or something, to escape the backlash, yet he is on a real tour-de-force, being more popular than ever :)) good for you George!

  • This show really has been everywhere since Sunday. Great job GRRM, D & D and everyone involved in the show

  • Very rarely does an episode of Television get this kind of attention, where the media is still talking about it a week later. I’m trying to think of another show that got this kind of media coverage, and all I can think of is “Who Shot JR?”

  • Who cares about him becoming a celebrity author, I just want him to finish his next book.

  • You can see he’s getting increasingly annoyed with all these people asking when TWOW comes.

  • Anne:
    Very rarely does an episode of Television get this kind of attention, where the media is still talking about it a week later.I’m trying to think of another show that got this kind of media coverage, and all I can think ofis “Who Shot JR?”

    AND the last show of *Mash*. That was stunning, too. What year was that?
    (Geez – showing my age!)

    That makes 3 tv shows in my l-o-n-g life that were amazingly emotional and memorable. (Although whoshotJR didn’t do much for me). GoT ties with *Mash* for number one (IMHO).

  • ehm why the seven hells is GRRM giving interviews and not sitting at his laptop and writing???!!!!

  • JonnyPT:
    You can see he’s getting increasingly annoyed with all these people asking when TWOW comes.

    /signed
    and can we please keep these comments to our selfs? the man is an artist so dont troll about him being slow, its just his way of working. and, as he said himself, the quality should matter much more than him finishing earlyer..

  • “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”
    Yeah, I’m really happy about that because he deserves it!

    GoT has been all over television this week. HBO must be very happy with all this free promotion.

  • GoT has the two best selling seasons of TV on Itunes right now. S1 is at number 1 and S2 is the 2nd best selling. The pilot is also the number 4 best selling TV episode on Itunes more than 2 years after it has aired. The buzz has been huge since the Red Wedding, look at the google trends http://www.google.com/trends/explore?q=game+of+thrones#q=game%20of%20thrones&date=2%2F2011%2030m&cmpt=q, wow.
    I think there will be a big bump for the season finale ratings and even more so for the S4 premiere.

  • Next season of this show is going to be insanely popular. Just the amount of coverage it’s getting right now is crazy. The show is definitely in the mainstream now.

    After this week the idea that the Red Wedding is going to destroy ratings is just ludicrous.

  • JonnyPT,

    He shouldn’t. He’s an author. What else are they going to ask him about? That’s life a chef being annoyed because people in the restaurant expect to be fed.

  • “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”

    That got me interested in seeing just how popular the novels are… but apparently they’ve only sold 15-20 million copies.
    That puts it way behind Harry Potter, but even some comparatively bland fantasy series are above it (Wheel of Time, Inheritance Cycle.) Strange really, and very unfair :/

  • Daniel:
    “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”

    That got me interested in seeing just how popular the novels are… but apparently they’ve only sold 15-20 million copies.
    That puts it way behind Harry Potter, but even some comparatively bland fantasy series are above it (Wheel of Time, Inheritance Cycle.) Strange really, and very unfair :/

    The real test will be when the next book is released. I imagine there will be a massive rush on sales.

  • I have already seen like 10 interviews with Martin. How come they are always asking him the same friggin questions over and over again?

  • DarkRavenous:
    NewJeffCT,

    I cannot play it in my Country. Can someone let me know what he says?

    I don’t have an exact quote, but something about how Joffrey gets a puppy that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas; Arya is walking along the beach and sees the Statue of Liberty and realizes she’s been on Earth the whole time; Hodor; Jamie Lannister forms Kingslayer, the first heavy metal band in Westeros; the Starks enlist the aid of the maker of the Iron Throne – Tony Stark; Winter isn’t too bad – kind of cozy; and a few others that I’m forgetting.

  • Mr. Lemoncloak: /signedand can we please keep these comments to our selfs? the man is an artist so dont troll about him being slow, its just his way of working. and, as he said himself, the quality should matter much more than him finishing earlyer..

    Definitely. We wouldn’t want him to “Charlaine Harris” the final books.

    Not that I am comparing GRRM to Harris, mind you, that would be extremely insulting.

  • JonnyPT,

    He takes them with more grace than I would. But honestly, people need to stop asking since you are just going to get the same answer.

  • Daniel:
    “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”

    That got me interested in seeing just how popular the novels are… but apparently they’ve only sold 15-20 million copies.
    That puts it way behind Harry Potter, but even some comparatively bland fantasy series are above it (Wheel of Time, Inheritance Cycle.) Strange really, and very unfair :/

    Do those figures include the different versions that have been released or just the most recent?

  • Brandon Stark:
    JonnyPT,

    He shouldn’t. He’s an author. What else are they going to ask him about? That’s life a chef being annoyed because people in the restaurant expect to be fed.

    No, it’s more like people in a restaurant expecting their steak dinner to be done in two minutes. Can’t you just stick it in the microwave and bring it out right away? Really annoying for the chef.

  • It was really difficult to manage a straight face last night watching
    ” E News “, so much insipid celebrity gossip tabloid TV. They kept
    mentioning the interview and took forever to get to it, 40 minutes in
    and still no play of the clip. Thank you so much for posting it here !
    I resigned last night but had high hopes of viewing the clip at WiC (:

  • Alen:
    “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”
    Yeah, I’m really happy about that because he deserves it!

    GoT has been all over television this week. HBO must be very happy with all this free promotion.

    You speak true mate, this all great news for the production and for the books.
    When many learn that there are 5 ASOIAF to begin with, sales $ will reflect
    the surge. Hopefully G RR Martin’s example of being involved in an televised
    adaptation of his works also inspires other authors to do so effectively.
    It pays to remain true to the passion expressed in the book and onscreen,
    not to mention releasing the production to someone with an understanding
    of the work. In other words, only sell to another Nerdist (:

  • Steven Swanson: Do those figures include the different versions that have been released or just the most recent

    The figure is all books sold until 2011. Not sure how much it is now

  • The series also has a high “borrow” rate, I’m sure. Haven’t we all loaned out our own copies to share this story with others? ASoIaF is huge because of word-of-mouth.

    Daniel:
    “It’s cool to see GRRM turning into a celebrity author on par with J.K. Rowling or Stephen King.”

    That got me interested in seeing just how popular the novels are… but apparently they’ve only sold 15-20 million copies.
    That puts it way behind Harry Potter, but even some comparatively bland fantasy series are above it (Wheel of Time, Inheritance Cycle.) Strange really, and very unfair :/

  • Also this ____ the Writers Guild of America -West, includes Game of Thrones,
    among the ” List of 100 Best Written Television series “. Needless to say, ” the
    Wire ” and the Sopranos ” appeared prominently on the roster.

  • Somewhere, Terry Goodkind is foaming at the mouth. “It could have been me! IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME!”

  • “When will The Winds of Winter be finished?”
    “Soon enough.”
    “THAT’S NOT SOON ENOUGH!”

  • Great to see GRRM finally getting his just due. Us book readers have been waiting for years for him to be entwined in pop-culture as he is starting to get.

    Well done sir.

  • You know GRMM forgot all about Ryan Seacrest 10 minutes after he met him for sure.

    That dude is plain vanilla.

  • Lex,

    When I was a youngster, I was deeply obsessed with the Wheel of Time. Robert Jordan’s quote on a Game of Thrones sold the book without even reading the inside dust cover. That being said, the Wheel of Time is an afterthought and nothing can compare to ASOIAF and the Sword of Truth ( “legend of the seeker”) or The Wheel of Time could NOT translate well to TV as well as George R R Martin’s work has. I’m so proud of this series cause the base story is finally reaching the co-workers and family that I havent been able to get to read the story. When I hear tough oilfield workers talk about a Game of Thrones in depth with various crazy theories I feel I can finally have something to talk about with them. I guess everyone except for the guy who runs westeros was happy with episode 9.

  • As a writer of purple prose short novels I have no problem understanding why it takes him so long. Even with my easy plots there are months where I simply cannot write. It’s physically impossible. To imagine what it must be like for George!!!

  • Brandon Stark:
    JonnyPT,

    He shouldn’t. He’s an author. What else are they going to ask him about? That’s life a chef being annoyed because people in the restaurant expect to be fed.

    I disagree.

  • Christopher W Daniel,

    Agreed. I was also a big WOT fan, and enjoyed the first couple Goodkind books before realizing how bad they actually were. But once I discovered ASOIAF and GRRM, all the others paled by comparison. But even in 2006, when I heard him talk about considering a possible HBO mini series, I never really believed it would ever get this big. It’s finally at a point where all my friends (non-book readers) actually know the entire storyline from the first 3 books, and have a pretty good understanding of the various families/regions/plot-lines of Westeros. It’s still rather weird and surreal, but it’s also really cool. I can actually have decent ASOIAF discussions with people who haven’t even read the books!

  • I think the attention might inspire him to write, feed the creative fire. If you look at what he is most consistent at it is collaborative efforts Wild Cards, the various short story collections and the novels he co wrote. So I’m not too worried about the time spent in interviews abd so forth I’m more worried about him being seduced by the Hollywood lifestyle and self destructing sort of like Charlie Sheen, Amanda Byrnes, Lindsay Lohan, Shia La Boeuf , JustinBieber Vanilla Ice or Brittany Spears

    The list is endless

    Lets hope he keeps it real.

  • GRRM is a very smart guy. He knows that buzz is fleeting and that he has a short time to not just grab onto it but to kick it up to the next level.

    If I were a betting man, I’d put money on getting the next book late 2014.

  • GeekFurious:
    If I were a betting man, I’d put money on getting the next book late 2014.

    I agree.

    And to all that continue to yell he shouldn’t be on interviews: I think even he has to pay some bills. The new book will make a lot of money, sure, but not until it’s published. Until then he of course has to do some other things to earn something.

  • That got me interested in seeing just how popular the novels are… but apparently they’ve only sold 15-20 million copies.

    That puts it way behind Harry Potter, but even some comparatively bland fantasy series are above it (Wheel of Time, Inheritance Cycle.) Strange really, and very unfair :/

    It was about 20 million by early 2012. However, that includes 9 million sold in ONE YEAR (basically since the TV show started airing). It appears that the current figures are well over 20 million, as the books are still selling well, still in the bestseller lists etc. Those figures are also predominantly made up Books 1-4; sales figures for Book 5 have not been released but must also be immense.

    Before around 2010, it appears that the series had sold somewhere around 5-6 million copies. Sales picked up steadily as the marketing buzz for the TV show kicked in and then went through the roof when the series started.

    INHERITANCE CYCLE has sold a bit more, but that’s a YA series, and big-profile YA series always sell more. WHEEL OF TIME has sold more: 44 million in the USA and Canada alone, maybe 80 million worldwide. But that’s 80 million divided by 15 books (including the prequel), which actually works out almost the same as 20 million divided by 4. The actual number of readers they have is at parity, but ASoIaF’s sales are still massive whilst WoT’s are not, and ASoIaF will likely overtake in terms of copies sold-per-book imminently. Martin has already overtaken authors like Feist, Goodkind and Salvatore in terms of sales-per-book (and actual readers), although they remain ahead due to the fact they’ve all published a lot more books.

    And to all that continue to yell he shouldn’t be on interviews: I think even he has to pay some bills. The new book will make a lot of money, sure, but not until it’s published. Until then he of course has to do some other things to earn something.

    GRRM earned $15 million in financial year 2011-12 alone (according to Forbes). He’s not bought a massive new house, I don’t even think he’s bought a new car. He’s bought an old run-down cinema, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t for $15 million. He was also paid a lot by HBO for the new development deal. He doesn’t need to rush the next book out to keep food on the table. He’s probably more than set for life already, and the old books are all still in the bestseller lists.

  • Thanks Adam,your posts are always informative.

    Adam Whitehead: It was about 20 million by early 2012. However, that includes 9 million sold in ONE YEAR (basically since the TV show started airing). It appears that the current figures are well over 20 million, as the books are still selling well, still in the bestseller lists etc. Those figures are also predominantly made up Books 1-4; sales figures for Book 5 have not been released but must also be immense.

    Before around 2010, it appears that the series had sold somewhere around 5-6 million copies. Sales picked up steadily as the marketing buzz for the TV show kicked in and then went through the roof when the series started.

    INHERITANCE CYCLE has sold a bit more, but that’s a YA series, and big-profile YA series always sell more. WHEEL OF TIME has sold more: 44 million in the USA and Canada alone, maybe 80 million worldwide. But that’s 80 million divided by 15 books (including the prequel), which actually works out almost the same as 20 million divided by 4. The actual number of readers they have is at parity, but ASoIaF’s sales are still massive whilst WoT’s are not, and ASoIaF will likely overtake in terms of copies sold-per-book imminently. Martin has already overtaken authors like Feist, Goodkind and Salvatore in terms of sales-per-book (and actual readers), although they remain ahead due to the fact they’ve all published a lot more books.

    GRRM earned $15 million in financial year 2011-12 alone (according to Forbes). He’s not bought a massive new house, I don’t even think he’s bought a new car. He’s bought an old run-down cinema, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t for $15 million. He was also paid a lot by HBO for the new development deal. He doesn’t need to rush the next book out to keep food on the table. He’s probably more than set for life already, and the old books are all still in the bestseller lists.

  • “Me and Michelangelo”, how humble of him! I can easily compare Cappella Sistina to “A Dance with Dragons” although the ceiling of the former took only four years so it must be inferior to mr Martin’s work on ADwD. Probably.
    (I wonder what happened to the American Tolkien badge, I’ve missed that title)