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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-08-09 07:12 pm

[ SECRET POST #3971 ]


⌈ Secret Post #3871 ⌋

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[George R.R. Martin]


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(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
I both agree with this and don't.

IMO, it's understandable that his readers are frustrated, and if they all just decided to ignore everything he creates from here on out, I would basically be like, serves you right dude.

But at the same time, writing a book series isn't the same as being contracted to build a house or something. If a contractor stops halfway through building a house, the house is worse than useless, and they have clearly not fulfilled their obligation. But if an author doesn't finish their book series...they just don't finish it. Writing one book is not a promise that you're going to write more, and readers should probably try to keep that in mind before they begin a series.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
+1. Even as a non-fan I can totally understand the fans getting frustrated, but yeah. This is one reason why I don't like getting into book series until they're complete.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
Actually,

Books come in contract runs. Game of Thrones was supposed to be a 3 contract book deal. The first ones got popular, so they expanded it to a 7 contract book deal. So, yes, it is more like a house than you think, at least business wise. Publishers do not like it when authors don't fulfill their contracts.

Third hand, he's stuck. Last I heard, he killed off all the characters he wanted to use to end the story. Which is a good argument for not expanding your book deal. o_o

(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 02:57 am (UTC)(link)
Last I heard, he killed off all the characters he wanted to use to end the story. Which is a good argument for not expanding your book deal.

Eh, where you'd hear that? Dany is alive, Tyrion is alive, political catalysts like Varys and Littlefinger are still alive, Jon Snow is still alive (probably) and there are still three Stark kids, possibly more. Cersei and Jaime. Stannis. The Greyjoy problem. Yeah he's killed off a lot of characters, but it's not like there aren't any left to work with.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 04:06 am (UTC)(link)
Books come in contract runs. Game of Thrones was supposed to be a 3 contract book deal. The first ones got popular, so they expanded it to a 7 contract book deal. So, yes, it is more like a house than you think

Except for one, the people he is obligated to are his publishing house. His readers don't come into it, contractually speaking. And contractual obligation is the only kind that's relevant in this situation.

And for two, presumably if he reneges on his contract, he has to reimburse the publishers for his advance, and possibly pay a fine. Which he is presumably able to do.

The only way he's really stuck is if his next book is contractually over due and he doesn't have the means of equitably dissolving his publishing deal.

I mean, frankly, I think that for a big-time author, the endless delay between books and the apparent uncertainty of when the next one can be expected is quite unprofessional. But he's not actually wronging his fans in any quantifiable way.

(Anonymous) 2017-08-10 11:43 am (UTC)(link)
Wow! How do you know so much about his contracts? The series got so popular that GRRM had to expand the story to seven books? It had nothing to do with the fact that the story itself just got too big?

Tell me who wins the Oscars next year.