A Game of Thrones author George RR Martin was at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week – here’s a few things we found out about him.
He’s heavily influenced by Scottish history.
A number of Scotland’s historical events have moulded elements of Game of Thrones, with the infamous Red Wedding scene inspired by the Glencoe Massacre. Beyond events, he admits that The Wall was inspired by Hadrian’s wall, albeit larger and icier.
Stan Lee is his literary hero.
Sort of. Tolkien and Shakespeare are his obvious choices, but he attributes one of his earliest encounters with the flexibility of good and evil in one character to Stan Lee’s Avengers with Wonder Man. “Maybe Stan Lee was the greatest literary influence on me,” he laughs.
He won’t change his plot twists if the internet works it out.
George admits he considered changing key plot points pre-emptively sussed by thousands online, but feels it would be disingenuous to ignore the hints placed to change it. He wants to surprise fans, but not at the expense of the story he’s telling.