In Life, The Monster Wins.
If you are a GOT fan, then by now you would have recognized this famous dialogue spoken by traditionally beautiful Sansa Stark, in one of the most watched television series worldwide. But the real superpower behind the sensational plot of this fantasy drama and these bewitching dialogues is George RR Martin.
For those who are still unaware of this piece of Art, GOT is an abbreviation of Game of Thrones, a record-breaking American fantasy television series. Game of Thrones has won numerous awards since it debuted as a series, including 58 Primetime Emmy Awards, 5 Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Peabody Award. There are total 8 seasons to this gripping action packed television drama.
Game of throne is an adaptation of an epic fantasy novel A Song of Ice and Fire written byAmerican novelist and screenwriter George RR Martin. George R.R. Martin was born on September 20, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. His childhood was not a very rich one and at a very young age he started writing dramatic stories to sell them to neighborhood children for pennies. He later became interested in comics and started working for a magazine.
His first sale was a short story: THE HERO that he sold at the age of 21. He did his masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He got married in 1975 to Gale Burnik but the marriage ended in just four years with no children, after which he decided to become a full time writer. He went to Hollywood where he worked as a story editor for a remake of the old favorite Twilight Zone in 1986 and then became involved with the series Beauty and the Beast, which began airing the following year. His other works during this time involve: His novelette Sandkings (1981) for which he received both the Hugo and the Nebula Award. That year he also released Windhaven (cowritten with Lisa Tuttle), about a girl who gains the ability to fly, and he followed with two full-length efforts, the vampire novel Fevre Dream (1982) and the rock-and-roll horror tale The Armageddon Rag (1983).
He released Game of Throne in 1996 which was initially intended to be a trilogy set largely in the imagined Seven Kingdoms of the land of Westeros. He added further installments : A Clash of Kings (1999), A Storm of Swords (2000), A Feast for Crows (2005), and A Dance with Dragons (2011). Although his first few books were not as successful, He gained recognition with the release of the fourth volume A Feast for Crows, after which he became a top selling author. The word of mouth and the plot of power struggle for the iron throne was so strong that he was approached by HBO for adaptation of this books into the GOT TV series. The followed success is no secret.
According to the Forbes list 2016 : he was one of the highest paid author with net income of $9.5 million. He now Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife, Parris McBride whom he married in 2011. He has also bought a home across the street from his house in Santa Fe, New Mexico and turned it into an office space with a library tower built inside. The tower is only two stories tall, because of city building restrictions, but it seems only fitting that the author/history buff would want to be surrounded with books while he writes. As he stats “I don’t write when I travel. I don’t write in hotel rooms. I don’t write on airplanes. I really have to be in my own house undisturbed to write. Through most of my life nobody did bother me, but now everyone bothers me every day.” He is currently working for the much awaited sequels of A Song of Ice and Fire: The Winds Of Winter and The Dream Of Spring, hopefully undisturbed.
All of his success is attributed to his courage to not follow the usual. He has his own writing style where he indulges each reader to choose their own favorite character and judge everyone with their perspective. After all, no one is a villain in their own mind. He is not afraid to destroy the most liked and genuine character in the book. He agrees that his writing style is that of a Gardner where he knows the seed and waters it every day. He further adds : “They kind of know what seed it is, they know if [they] planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have, they find out as it grows.” His unique style is now followed and appreciated by many. He leads by example in showing that being different is your superpower.