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August 27th, 2011

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02:58 am - An Impressive Takedown of Martin's Song of Fire & Ice
I am both impressed with and entirely agree with this article about George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. I know quite a number of people who like these books, so 5 or so years ago I tried the first one, I got around 40 pages in, flipped ahead, and stopped. Too grity, way too much rape, and it generally felt like something with the same level of social enlightenment as Howard's Conan novels, except with comics writer Marc Millar's level of brutal grittiness - way too much gritty sword-wielding male power fantasy, combined with even more brutality made to look like realism, and this article says all that far better than I ever could (in part because I never managed to get past page 40 or so of the first book + extensive flipping ahead.
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Date:August 31st, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
It's not just a war story, it's about a feudal society going through an unusually bad period.

King Robert was good at conquering, but not interested in ruling, so his kingdom is falling apart in civil war.

There have been novellas set in an earlier period when the culture wasn't as disrupted.

The question of what should be shown in fiction and how isn't simple. I don't know if I'll be rereading the series to check, but I'm wondering now if the other bad things that would happen to anyone in such a culture (injury, infection, and/or malnutrition) happen at a reasonable rate to female characters, or if it's mostly rape.

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