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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."

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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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"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.

"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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