What Is A "Mary Sue" Character and Do They Actually Exist In Fiction?

Column by Christopher Shultz February 18, 2020
According to some, Mary Sues are everywhere...but are they? Or is there something sexist going on here?

Game of Thrones Was Born 23 Years Ago — Why The Books Will Forever Be Better Than the Show

Column by Emmanuel Nataf August 1, 2019
Game of Thrones was born 23 years ago. Here are four reasons the books will forever be better than the show.

Is It Really Such A Bad Thing To Give The Audience What They Want?

Column by Christopher Shultz June 26, 2019
Fan service is seen as a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean it's actually a curse.

The Great Game of Balancing Character and Plot

Column by Amanda Bender May 28, 2019
It's no secret many "Game of Thrones" fans were disappointed in the final season. But what lessons can writers take away from it?

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

Column by Fred Venturini July 14, 2017
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.

CLIFFHANGERS: How 'Game of Thrones' Got It Right and 'The Walking Dead' Didn’t

Column by Cath Murphy May 23, 2016
'Game of Thrones' got its cliffhanger season ending right. 'The Walking Dead' got it wrong. Why?

Jessica Jones vs. Sansa Stark: Rape Culture in Entertainment, and Why We Should Talk About It

Column by Leah Rhyne January 12, 2016
Trigger warning: We are going to talk about rape, and our reactions to the loss of innocence vs. the thirst for revenge.
George R.R. Martin Misses ‘Winter’ Deadline

George R.R. Martin Misses ‘Winter’ Deadline

News by Riki Cleveland January 6, 2016
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, folks, but winter is most definitely not coming. Yet.
George R.R. Martin Remembers His First Book

George R.R. Martin Remembers His First Book

News by Raine Winters October 14, 2015
His encyclopedia of planets was world building at its finest!

The Problem with Rape's Portrayal in Fiction

Column by Rob Blair Young September 14, 2015
Rape is a sensitive topic that deserve a complex portrayal, but major trends in media and fiction fail to reach that complexity—and often cause a lot of damage.

Dear George R.R. Martin

Column by Rob Blair Young May 6, 2015
Dear George. I love you. I hate you. Oh, I don't know how I feel anymore ... but I do know you're a tease. Won't you please listen to me?

The Element of Surprise: An Anti-Spoiler Manifesto

Column by Christopher Shultz April 30, 2015
It's true that knowing spoilers won't hinder your enjoyment of a narrative. But it's also true that they will.
George R.R. Martin Warns Game of Thrones Readers about Surprise TV Show Deaths

George R.R. Martin Warns Game of Thrones Readers about Surprise TV Show Deaths

News by Raine Winters February 16, 2015
Season five of HBO's GoT may bring surprises that loyal readers aren't expecting.

Usurping the Throne: Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin's Dilemma

Column by Rajan Khanna July 25, 2014
Season Four of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' began a distinct move father away from the source material. What does this mean for the books and, most importantly, the ending that they are speeding toward?
George R.R. Martin Saves Wolves, Spares Boy

George R.R. Martin Saves Wolves, Spares Boy

News by Peter Derk July 24, 2014
George R.R. Martin responds to a young boy's fan letter.

On Kicking Ass: How To Write a Fight Scene

Column by BH Shepherd July 18, 2014
Some tips and tricks for writing engaging literary violence.

'Game of Thrones' and the Power of Resolution

Column by Christopher Shultz April 11, 2014
Season finales don't have to be frustrating moments for viewers, and no other show pulls off a gratifying dénouement like 'Game of Thrones.' Let's discuss the whys and hows of it, shall we?

Storyville: Kill Your Darlings—How 'Game of Thrones' Can Change Your Writing

Column by Richard Thomas March 6, 2014
We can learn some valuable lessons about plotting, characters, and expectations from watching (or reading) 'Game of Thrones.'
Literary Classics, In Lego Form

Literary Classics, In Lego Form

News by Sean May February 14, 2014
A contest put on by UK-based bookstore Waterstones is asking entrants to recreate their favorite moments from literature with Lego.
‘A Feast for Crows’ eBook Littered with George RR Martin’s Name

‘A Feast for Crows’ eBook Littered with George RR Martin’s Name

News by Dean Fetzer August 30, 2013
In a hilarious turn of events, errors in an eBook version of a book by the ‘Game of Thrones’ author have caused his name to be substituted in hilarious ways.

Stop Trying To Make Me Read Game of Thrones (And Yes, I Know That's Not What They're Called)

Column by Kelly Thompson July 5, 2013
As a fan of HBO's Game of Thrones, I am endlessly peppered by requests (read: demands) by fans of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice & Fire series to read the books. My Answer? No. At least not yet.

Eating Babies: Boundaries for Writers in Fiction

Column by Cath Murphy June 27, 2013
Pushing the boundaries is what good fiction does. But are there some lines we as writers should never cross?

Recap: Game of Thrones 3.10 - Mhysa

Column by Rob Hart June 10, 2013
And that's a wrap on season 3. Pretty uneventful after last week's bloodbath...
George R. R. Martin Wrote 250,000 Words for ‘The World of Ice and Fire’

George R.R. Martin Wrote 250,000 Words for Companion to ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’

News by Dean Fetzer May 29, 2013
At ConQuest 44, the author behind ‘Game of Thrones’ talked about a new book called ‘The World of Ice and Fire,’ which was initially supposed to be just 50k words.