THE CREATOR SPEAKS
Have you ever wondered why there are gay and bisexual sex scenes in Game of Thrones (the TV series) but not Game of Thrones (the books)?
Apparently it's because you can get away with a lot more on television, according to George R.R. Martin, the man who created the fantastical Thrones universe.
As reported in The Guardian, the 65-year-old Martin addressed the thorny issue at the Edinburgh International Book Festival earlier this week in response to a query on the dearth of gay and bisexual scenarios in his A Song of Ice and Fire novels, which serve as the source material for the TV version.
In his typically non-fussed manner, Martin responded by saying that his storytelling is limited in the books because he writes from the perspective of "viewpoint" characters – and so far, none of them have been gay or bisexual.
"Frankly it is the way I prefer to write fiction, because that is the way all of us experience life," said Martin. "You're seeing me from your viewpoint; you're not seeing what someone over here is seeing."
And since none of the viewpoint characters in GOT happen to be gay, there are no gay scenarios in the early books of the series – but such constraints don't necessarily apply to the small screen.
"A television show doesn't have those limitations," mused Martin. "Will that change? It might. I've had letters from fans who want me to present particularly an explicit male sex scene. Most of the letters come from women."
The notoriously slow-writing Martin still has to release two more books in the Fire and Ice saga and allowed that there could be some same-sex loving in his stories down the line – if the situation calls for it.
"I'm not going to do it just for the sake of doing it," he said. "If the plot lends itself to that, if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation, then I'm not going to shy away from it, but you can't just insert things because everyone wants to see them."
But Martin made one point perfectly clear: He remains the creator and overseer of the Game of Thrones universe, and therefore retains full control of the writing process.
"It is not a democracy," said Martin emphatically. "If it was a democracy, then Joffrey would have died much earlier than he did."
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Source: TV Guide
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Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Source: Us Weekly