Just a heads up: If you ever spot a Game of Thrones sequel written by anyone other than George R.R. Martin, know the author thinks it is an “abomination” that you should avoid.
After recently revealing that he wants to do some post-Song of Ice and Fire stories and novellas set in his fictional world of Westeros, Martin opened up with the Sydney Morning Herald to clarify his thoughts on any future Thrones sequel without his name on the book jacket.
Basically? He doesn’t want anyone else ever playing in his universe, so if you see a sequel in a few decades written by Martin’s grand-nephew (or something like that), he wants you to avoid it. And burn it (well, probably).
Here’s how he explained his stance on those “cash cow” sequels cranked out by family members, while also giving a shout out to the J.R.R. Tolkien estate for avoiding any silly Lord of the Rings follow-ups:
“Not while I'm alive. But eventually I will not be alive because Valar Morghulis – all men must men die. I don't think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendants, or people who didn't actually know the writer and don't care about his wishes. It's just a cash cow to them. And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”
I'd hate to see that actually. I’ve always admired [J.R.R.] Tolkien and his immense influence on fantasy. [And] although I've never met the man, I admire Christopher Tolkien, his son, who has been the guardian of Tolkien's estate who has never allowed that. I'm sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say 'yes, go ahead, let's write Sauron Strikes Back’. I hope I never see Sauron Strikes Back written by some third rate writer who leaps at the opportunity.”
Though it’s sad to think there’ll come a day when we won’t have any new stories in Westeros, you’ve got to respect Martin’s commitment to quality control. The universe is his baby, and it’s most definitely his call.
What do you think of Martin’s stance? Are you in favor of sequels not written by a series’ original author?
(Via Sydney Morning Herald)