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According to Blog Post, GRRM Has Written Nothing for Winds of Winter But Descriptions of Food

Written by Jude Terror on Monday, January 04 2016 and posted in News with Benefits

According to Blog Post, GRRM Has Written Nothing for Winds of Winter But Descriptions of Food

So the book is only 75% finished and won't come out before the next season of Game of Thrones.


Source: GRRM LiveJournal

The big news on the internet over the weekend was an announcement from Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin about the status of his latest novel. The Winds of Winter, the next book in the popular Song of Ice and Fire series upon which the popular HBO show Game of Thrones is based, will not come out before the next season of the show. This news likely comes as a huge surprise to everyone, but sadly, it is true, and straight from the proverbial horse's mouth. From GRRM's LiveJournal:

THE WINDS OF WINTER is not finished.

Believe me, it gave me no pleasure to type those words. You're disappointed, and you're not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed... but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me. For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, "I have completed and delivered THE WINDS OF WINTER" on or before the last day of 2015.

 

Not enough, it seems, to actually write the book...

But the book's not done.

Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week. Yes, there's a lot written. Hundreds of pages. Dozens of chapters. (Those 'no pages done' reports were insane, the usual garbage internet journalism that I have learned to despise). But there's also a lot still left to write. I am months away still... and that's if the writing goes well. (Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn't.) Chapters still to write, of course... but also rewriting. I always do a lot of rewriting, sometimes just polishing, sometimes pretty major restructures.

 

In fact, Martin's blog post went on to explain that, though there are several thousand pages of manuscript written for the highly anticipated novel, they consist solely of lavish descriptions of the various meals eaten by the characters in the book. Though some will undoubtedly be begrudgingly cut during editing, this may make Winds of Winter the most food-heavy book in the entire series. The first novel, Game of Thrones, weighed in at 367 of 704 pages being about food, while 1999's sequel, A Clash of Kings, spent 457 of its 768 finished pages on the subject. 2000's A Storm of Swords dedicated 699 of 992 pages to detailed descriptions of all the delicious food and drink available at the various feasts attended by violent and hungry denizens of Westeros. A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons, which really should be taken together as one book, topped 1800 combined pages, with more than 1300 spent on describing food.

More important, however, is whether or not the next season of the show will spoil events in the upcoming book. Martin addressed this in his blog post:

Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has. The show moved faster than I anticipated and I moved more slowly. There were other factors too, but that was the main one. Given where we are, inevitably, there will be certain plot twists and reveals in season six of GAME OF THRONES that have not yet happened in the books. For years my readers have been ahead of the viewers. This year, for some things, the reverse will be true. How you want to handle that... hey, that's up to you. Look, I read Andy Weir's novel THE MARTIAN before I saw the movie. But I saw the BBC production of JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL before I finally got around to reading Susanna Clarke's novel. In both cases, I loved the book and I loved the adaptation. It does not need to be one or the other. You might prefer one over the other, but you can still enjoy the hell out of both.

 

SPOILER ALERT! At this point, Martin warned readers who have not finished all five seasons of the show and all five published books not to read any further, and we advise our readers to do the same.

Just consider. Mago, Irri, Rakharo, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Pyat Pree, Pyp, Grenn, Ser Barristan Selmy, Queen Selyse, Princess Shireen, Princess Myrcella, Mance Rayder, and King Stannis are all dead in the show, alive in the books. Some of them will die in the books as well, yes... but not all of them, and some may die at different times in different ways.

 

The only thing that's certain, according to Martin, is that each of these characters will consume an enormous amount of food and drink, and that this consumption will be explained in meticulous detail in the pages Martin has already completed.

Balon Greyjoy, on the flip side, is dead in the books, alive on the show. His brothers Euron Crow's Eye and Victarion have not yet been introduced (will they appear? I ain't saying).

 

What Martin will say, however, is that each of these characters will attend a dinner party in the castle at Pyke during Winds of Winter, which will include fourteen roast ducks, twenty-seven flagons of ale, and a host of side dishes and desserts.

 

Meanwhile Jhiqui, Aggo, Jhogo, Jeyne Poole, Dalla (and her child) and her sister Val, Princess Arianne Martell, Prince Quentyn Martell, Willas Tyrell, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Lord Wyman Manderly, the Shavepate, the Green Grace, Brown Ben Plumm, the Tattered Prince, Pretty Meris, Bloodbeard, Griff and Young Griff, and many more have never been part of the show, yet remain characters in the books. Several are viewpoint characters, and even those who are not may have significant roles in the story to come in THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING.

 

How significant may those roles be? That is a question which Martin cannot answer. He can, however, guarantee that each character will eat his or her weight in food prepared by the finest chefs in Westeros, and that readers will be treated to a delicious depiction of each and ever meal the characters engage in up to and, in some cases, including their final scenes.

Martin concluded:

Meanwhile, I'll keep writing. Chapter at a time. Page at a time. Word at a time. That's all I know how to do.

((And yes, this is my final Cliff's Note for the day. You can all go to bed now)).

 

Martin, however, will not be joining his readers, as he was interrupted by a knock on his door, signifying the arrival of a midnight snack as delivered by a young courier from his local Dominos.

I ordered seven pies, topped with all manner of pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, anchovies, and six kinds of sausage. The pies are all evenly divided into eight triangular slices, with the cheese still bubbling and an enticing whiff of steam rising from their savory surface. To accompany this, there shall be two dishes each of oven-baked Pasta Primavera and Chicken Carbonera, along with one each of Chicken Alfredo and Sausage Marinara. Wings of chicken tossed in spicy jalapeno and pineapple sauce line my table, in both boned and boneless variety, while ten orders of stuffed cheesy bread await my mouth's embrace. In addition, I have prepared six 2-liter flagons of ice cold Coca-Cola, half of them cherry, and two flagons of Sprite. To complete my feast, I've ordered several lava-crunch cakes and a double order of cinna-stix.

 

He went on like that for several paragraphs, running longer than the previous part of the blog post. The Winds of Winter will be finished, in Martin's own words, "when it's done." We'll keep you updated.





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