The author of A Song of Ice and Fire George R.R. Martin in an interview with The Independent raised the concerns about fans hating content that doesn’t seem to be like what they would’ve wanted.
Martin who’s known for his bestselling epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and served as a producer and consultant on the adaptation of his fantasy novels that gained the fan’s attention in both ways.
American author George R.R. Martin opens about ‘toxic’ fandoms
During the interview, Martin expressed serious concern towards fandoms that turn their backs on their favorite franchises.
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“I don’t understand how people can come to hate so much something that they once loved,” Martin stated. “If you don’t like a show, don’t watch it! How has everything become so toxic?”
He further talked about the reaction of fans while referring to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power which is yet to be released in September. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power isn’t even on yet, but if you follow what’s going on online, the controversy about it is like World War Two. They’re dropping atomic bombs on each other.”
Does R.R. Martin hate Marvel?
During the interview, Martin talked about him being a superfan. He told about his first-ever writing journey that kickstarted with fan letters that too in Marvel comics.
While recalling his old days, he revealed that he used to be a Marvel fan but couldn’t watch the shows as he didn’t like them.
“I was a big Marvel fan, and I tried some of those Marvel shows that were on in the Seventies, The [Incredible] Hulk with Bill Bixby and [TV movies about] Captain America. I tried them once and I didn’t watch them again because I didn’t like them very much, but I didn’t go crazy and start writing hate mail,” He said. “I’ve got to think social media has something to do with it.”
Martin is well aware of the toxic fandom as he has faced the situation. Being widely recognized for A Song of Ice and Fire, which became the foundation of HBO’s Game of Thrones series. Initially, the show garnered universal praise from fans and critics making it one of the most successful TV series of all time. Despite the fame the show collected, its popularity fell during the eighth and final season making fans disappointed in the series. Some of them even blamed Martin for not finishing the original books on which the show is based.
Game of Thrones is streaming on HBO Max.