George RR Martin takes on WSJ Café and talks Games of Thrones

I’m taking a magazine concepts class in college right now and I find myself to be very lucky. My professor is Christopher John Farley, Senior Editor of the Wall Street Journal. I got exclusive access to an Q&A interview he did with Game of Thrones writer George RR Martin and opera singer Jackie Evancho.


Monday, November 10, The Flatiron Room in New York City welcomed acclaimed author George R.R. Martin.

Senior editor Christopher John Farley interviewed the writer and asked him about the upcoming season of “The Game of Thrones”, which is based on his books, and his new novel, “The World of Ice and Fire.”

The Wall Street Journal sponsored the event, complete with cocktails, o’dourves, and the 14-year-old opera singer and sensation Jackie Evancho in a setting that was reminiscent of a medieval speakeasy.

The paper has several Q&A’s every year that give subscribing members access to such events, including celebrities and insight on entertainment and media.

Jackie Evancho also joined the writer to talk about her new album “Awakening” and her single ”The Rains of Castamere,” which Martin co-wrote as the theme song for a hit TV show. Although Evancho was scheduled to perform her single at the event, she was unable to do so because she wasn’t feeling well.

Martin’s “The World of Ice & Fire,” is co-written by Elio M. García Jr. and Linda Antonsson. It describes the history and fantasy land of Westeros.

“I was trying to replicate a real history book,” Martin said in regards to “The World of Ice and fire. “When I read about some of the sources I’ve drawn on, the War of the Roses and the Hundred Years’ War, or the histories of Scotland or England or France, you come across these wonderful stories, and then later you come across a historian saying, ‘No, no that story was a later fabrication, none of it is true.’”

Martin describes his book as “mono-cultural” because it’s written by a white man. He explains this importance because writers who have won high recognition awards are from different ethnic backgrounds.

In his books people suffer through a lot of tragedies. It was hard with for Martin with his fourth novel, “The Armageddon Rag.” He explains that the book nearly ended his career because it was in talks for a film, which downplayed the actual sale of the book.

“I took one of those courses in buying real estate for no money down, in my desperation of “Oh my God, how am I going to make any money here?’”

Farley mentions that J.R. Tolkien once wrote about fantasy being very hard to write because “you have to build a whole world around it.”

In his lifetime, Martin has noticed a lot of change but doesn’t believe that critics are fully respecting fantasy to its highest potential.

“The Song of Ice and Fire” is scheduled for seven volumes. Martin doesn’t have any plans of it growing his career further and insists that he’ll finish on seven but makes no promises.

He plans on writing about other countries and says that he has a lot of stories to tell. His main focus right now is finishing the current series.

The Game of Thrones premieres on HBO and you can catch full season episodes on HBOGo.com

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