By Kailey Rynne
George R. R. Martin, the man who doesn't know how to say no, has signed a two-year deal with HBO to develop and produce new shows for the network.
Martin, whose fantasy novels inspired the hit HBO show "Game of Thrones," has a long background in TV writing. In the '80s, he worked on shows like "The Twilight Zone" and "Beauty and the Beast," but struggled to bring his imagination to life on the screen while wrestling with budgetary and technological limitations.
In novel-writing, he accomplished what he couldn't on television, and thus "A Song of Ice and Fire" was born.
Under the new HBO deal, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on "Game of Thrones," and will also get a chance to develop new TV series for one of the biggest premium television networks in the country. There's no word yet about whether these series will be adaptations of Martin's other works or entirely new projects.
The news first broke on Deadline.com, where some fans who disapprove of the HBO deal have left thoughtful, articulate comments like, "You should be writing those two last fucking books, not developing new series" and "Just finish the damn books please!!!"
Multiple exclamation points lend credibility to any argument, don't they?
One individual (ironically named Rob) left this considerate message for the celebrated author:
Oh for fuck’s sake, George – just cease with all this extraneous rubbish and finish the books. You produced two sub-standard works in eleven years, and written to nothing in the last two, other than your mandatory one GOT episode per season (hardly multiple episodes). No one cares about your side projects, or ever will. Just finish the books … or hand them over to someone who will.
Wow. What a bunch of entitled a-holes, eh?
As a writer myself, I resent this particular brand of ignorance. Writing is hard. It takes time. It's exhausting. The monumental undertaking of a seven-book fantasy epic is not something to be hurried or taken lightly.
And who are you to tell Martin when and how and what to write? He doesn't owe you anything. In fact--you owe him. If it weren't for his genius, there wouldn't be a Westeros or an HBO series for you to watch.
Neil Gaiman said it best: George R. R. Martin is not your bitch.
I predict that Martin's next series for HBO will be a return to his sci-fi roots. "Game of Thrones" fans will no doubt flock to the premier, but I doubt his new shows will have the staying power that "Thrones" has enjoyed, or replicate its sensational success. That would be a tall order for any show.
That said, I can't wait to see what Martin brings to HBO.