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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 28th, 2011 09:04 am (UTC)
Yes, but it's odd... my main memory of that book was the chapter with the 14-year-old girl getting ready for her wedding, and depicted as feeling very much uncomfortable and pushed into it.

Also... hm. I don't think it's necessarily tasteless to handle an exploitative subject from the PoV of the exploiter (again, look at Lolita). It depends on how it is done-- on many factors-- on the intent of the piece, what it does or doesn't advocate, how much it seems to be genuinely aiming at illustration rather than enjoyment (cf: artistic nudes vs. pornography), and how adeptly the author handles it. I'm not saying Martin, in particular, is or isn't. But I think that a blanket statement that any book from the PoV of gleeful or callous Nazis would really be tasteless is more than I'm willing to concede. Doubtless there would be an outcry (as there was with Lolita), but depending on the book, I might or might not think the outcry was valid.

Edited at 2011-08-28 09:04 am (UTC)

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