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Old 11-12-2008, 05:29 AM  
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HBO greenlights A Game of Thrones pilot! (spoilers)

EDIT: Changed the original header to mark this as the thread where spoilers are allowed (but not necessarily recommended...). Created a new, spoiler-free thread for Ice and Fire virgins...


This is awesome...

Huge, Huge News

Nov. 11th, 2008 at 10:29 PM

HBO has given the production order.

They will be filming the pilot episode of A GAME OF THRONES.

It's just the pilot so far. They'll need to see that before they decide whether to proceed with a full season's episodes. So let's all hope the pilot will kick serious ass.

It should. David Benioff and Dan Weiss did a terrific job with the script. And yes, all of you can relax, it's very faithful. Dan and David will be the executive producers for the pilot and (we hope) the eventual series.

More details when I have 'em. The news is very fresh. HBO just issued their own press release, which should be up on their website soon, if it's not there already.

Winter is coming to HBO. Hot damn.

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Old 07-26-2010, 12:49 PM   #151
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Just my personal take.

The second is probably on par with the the first.

Storm Of Swords is easily one of the best books I have read.

The 4th installment was a bit of a letdown compared to the high standards set by the previous books but still good.
The 'problem' with the fourth book is that he's juggling so many point of view characters that it's impossible to fit them all into a single novel. So Dance With Dragons, assuming it ever comes out, is essentially the other half of Feast for Crows.

The thing I'm really worried about is that, as with Robert Jordan, he won't be able to finish the series. He's 61, the last book was published 5 years ago, and he's supposed to write two more.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:04 PM   #152
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I'm reading another book first, but as soon as I'm done I'll be moving on to the 2nd book of this series. I'm so excited. I can't even think about how deflated I'll feel if he never finishes the series. I can't.... I don't wanna talk about it....
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:06 PM   #153
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The 'problem' with the fourth book is that he's juggling so many point of view characters that it's impossible to fit them all into a single novel. So Dance With Dragons, assuming it ever comes out, is essentially the other half of Feast for Crows.

The thing I'm really worried about is that, as with Robert Jordan, he won't be able to finish the series. He's 61, the last book was published 5 years ago, and he's supposed to write two more.
From what I've heard, he enjoys being a successful writer much more than he actually enjoys writing anymore. I'm sure the pressure and obligation of a series of that size with a fan base as rabid as that one is stifling to creativity.
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Good luck with the lack of sleep these things cause.
I only read on the train or on the toilet. It'll probably take me over a month to finish this book. It's 823 pages long, I think I'm on page 80. Damn.
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From what I've heard, he enjoys being a successful writer much more than he actually enjoys writing anymore. I'm sure the pressure and obligation of a series of that size with a fan base as rabid as that one is stifling to creativity.
I'm not sure that's a fair statement. You could argue that maybe he doesn't focus enough on Ice and Fire, that he spends too much time working on other projects like Wild Cards or working with Gardner Dozois or comic book projects (and now the Game of Thrones script he's working on), but I don't know that I would say that he doesn't write. Although reading his not a blog, it's pretty clear that he does consider Dance with Dragons an enormous monkey on his back.
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I'm not sure that's a fair statement. You could argue that maybe he doesn't focus enough on Ice and Fire, that he spends too much time working on other projects like Wild Cards or working with Gardner Dozois or comic book projects (and now the Game of Thrones script he's working on), but I don't know that I would say that he doesn't write. Although reading his not a blog, it's pretty clear that he does consider Dance with Dragons an enormous monkey on his back.
Yeah, I probably misphrased. Not that he doesn't enjoy writing. He just might not enjoy writing Ice and Fire any longer.
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I'm not sure that's a fair statement. You could argue that maybe he doesn't focus enough on Ice and Fire, that he spends too much time working on other projects like Wild Cards or working with Gardner Dozois or comic book projects (and now the Game of Thrones script he's working on), but I don't know that I would say that he doesn't write. Although reading his not a blog, it's pretty clear that he does consider Dance with Dragons an enormous monkey on his back.
Reading his blog is why I have lost a lot of interest in his series. The guy is a complete tool. Besides, like you have already pointed out, I don't see him finishin the series at the pace he is going and given his health condition.
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Reading his blog is why I have lost a lot of interest in his series. The guy is a complete tool.
Sounds like me with Orson Scott Card. Can't stand that guy.
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What's that old saying by, for, and about writers... ? "I don't like to write. I like to have written." Maybe that applies overwhelmingly to Mr. Martin.

But if HBO is going to do this thing, seems like that puts a lot of pressure on him to finish. S1 premieres in spring of next year right? So, they'll have to start filming S2 by fall of 2011 at the latest. If they do one season per book, and one season per year... that means he has until 2014 to finish book 5. But then he only has a few months to do 6 and 7 before their respective series' air. Yikes.

Most likely, book 5 comes out next year. He says he's already 4 or 5 chapters into book 6. So, he could probably have book 6 done before 2014. That just leaves 7 hanging in the balance.

I think the worst thing would be for the series to finish on screen and not on paper. I'd hate to have the final chapters of this thing play out on tv without being novelized first.
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Damn, this is great book. I may have to rethink my only reading on the train and toilet plan.
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Damn, this is great book. I may have to rethink my only reading on the train and toilet plan.
Yeah, dude, it's epic awesomeness. How are along are you? Because that book just keeps getting better and better. It never lets up.
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Yeah, dude, it's epic awesomeness. How are along are you? Because that book just keeps getting better and better. It never lets up.
I'm up to the aftermath of Arya beating the crap out of the prince. I'm hoping for a Lannister bloodbath soon.
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I'm so excited for you! I wish I could read this book for the first time all over again.
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I'm so excited for you! I wish I could read this book for the first time all over again.
It reminds me of Dune.

And that's a good thing.
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I need to read Dune. I've been meaning to get to it and I just keep finding other things, and bumping it further and further down my list. It might have to wait until I'm done with this series.

Just got back from the book store. A Clash Of Kings has now been purchased. Hopefully, I'll get to in the next couple of weeks.
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