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George R.R. Martin Addresses The Absence Of Gay Sex In “A Song Of Ice And Fire”

“I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it.”

1. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin said he would not include gay characters – or gay sex – in the series for the “sake of it.”

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2. While the Game Of Thrones series has included several scenes involving gay characters, gay sex, and bisexuality…

 

3. …the book series is seriously lacking.

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4. Martin explained that the books are written from his personal “viewpoint” of the main characters – limiting him to those stories alone.

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5. “Frankly, it is the way I prefer to write fiction because that is the way all of us experience life. You’re seeing me from your viewpoint, you’re not seeing what someone over here is seeing,” the author continued.

6. FINE, MARTIN. But, could that change with the two books yet to be published?

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7. “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.”

8. “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,” he concluded.

Correction: George R.R. Martin is the author of A Song Of Ice And Fire. A previous version misstated the title as A Song Of Fire And Ice. That sounds like a good book as well, really.

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Sarah Karlan is the associate LGBT editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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