George RR Martin Defends ‘Game Of Thrones’ Violence

Viewers were left shocked when the show deviated from the plot of Martin's novels by having Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) rape Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in a recent episode.

Ever since it first appeared on television screens five years ago. ‘Game Of Thrones’ has been criticized by the more conservative viewers as violent and inappropriate for television.  This has been the source of much debate over the intervening years and is a debate that continues to this day.

In a recent chat with EW George RR Martin, who writes the book series and has had some part in the television shows development over the years defended the shows penchant for violence as depicting the reality of struggle.

Viewers were left shocked when the show deviated from the plot of Martin’s novels by having Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) rape Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in a recent episode.

“The books reflect a patriarchal society based on the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages were not a time of sexual egalitarianism. It was very classist, dividing people into three classes. And they had strong ideas about the roles of women.

“Now there are people who will say to that, ‘Well, he’s not writing history, he’s writing fantasy – he put in dragons, he should have made an egalitarian society.’ Just because you put in dragons doesn’t mean you can put in anything you want.

“If pigs could fly, then that’s your book. But that doesn’t mean you also want people walking on their hands instead of their feet. If you’re going to do [a fantasy element], it’s best to only do one of them, or a few.”I wanted my books to be strongly grounded in history and to show what medieval society was like, and I was also reacting to a lot of fantasy fiction.

“Most stories depict what I call the ‘Disneyland Middle Ages’ – there are princes and princesses and knights in shining armour, but they didn’t want to show what those societies meant and how they functioned,” he said.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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