When a creative property is ultra-popular – particularly “cult” properties – there is always the risk that someone, somewhere will attempt to keep it going in an effort to make more cash money. Sometimes there are more altruistic purposes, such as continuing a story or fleshing out a world so that fans have more to experience. Hell, there are billions of fan-fics all over the Internetz that attest to the fact that people won’t let Harry Potter die. But one author has stepped forward to openly say that he wants his legacy to end with his death – George R.R. Martin.
Martin has stated that there are only going to be seven books in his series (plus whatever little additions he adds along the way) and he wants to keep it that way. In a recent interview, he had these words to share about the subject of someone else taking control of Game of Thrones:
“Not while I’m alive. But eventually I will not be alive because Valar Morghulis – all men must men die. I don’t think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendants, or people who didn’t actually know the writer and don’t care about his wishes. It’s just a cash cow to them. And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”
I’d hate to see that actually. I’ve always admired [J.R.R.] Tolkien and his immense influence on fantasy. [And] although I’ve never met the man, I admire Christopher Tolkien, his son, who has been the guardian of Tolkien’s estate who has never allowed that. I’m sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say ‘yes, go ahead, let’s write Sauron Strikes Back’. I hope I never see Sauron Strikes Back written by some third rate writer who leaps at the opportunity.”
So if you want to see the adventures of Ned Stark’s great-grandchildren, chances are it’s a no-go. Of course, this is all based on the assumption that Martin will actually finish the novels he has in mind before he kicks the bucket. Otherwise, we may have someone stepping in just to complete the first run of GoT (ala Robert Jordan).
What do the Nerd Readers think? Do you think Game of Thrones should live on forever and ever and ever? Or is the occasional Jon Snow/Daenerys/Cerci threesome fan-fic good enough?
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