Comedy duo Paul and Storm have a "Game of Thrones" obsession. In a new video of their song "Write Like the Wind (George R.R. Martin)," they implore the author to pen the next book in the series. "George R.R. Martin, please write and write faster," they sing. "We need our allotment of incest and intrigue and six-page descriptions of every last meal."
George R.R. Martin's rich, complex "A Song of Ice" and "Fire" fantasy series began with the novel "A Game of Thrones" in 1996. Since then there have been four sequels: "A Clash of Kings," "A Storm of Swords," "A Feast for Crows," and "A Dance with Dragons." Together, the five massive fantasy novels total more than 4,200 pages.
That's in hardcover. It'll be even more in paperback, once a paperback edition of "A Dance With Dragons" is released.
Writing all that material takes time. Famously, six years passed between book 4, "A Feast for Crows," and book 5, "A Dance With Dragons," which finally came out in 2011. As promised release dates came and went, devoted readers clamored for the next installment. The agitation reached such a pitch that Neil Gaiman was prompted to write a blog post telling people to calm down:
Some writers need a while to charge their batteries, and then write their books very rapidly. Some writers write a page or so every day, rain or shine. Some writers run out of steam, and need to do whatever it is they happen to do until they're ready to write again. Sometimes writers haven't quite got the next book in a series ready in their heads, but they have something else all ready instead, so they write the thing that's ready to go, prompting cries of outrage from people who want to know why the author could possibly write Book X while the fans were waiting for Book Y....
Wait. Read the original book again. Read something else. Get on with your life. Hope that the author is writing the book you want to read, and not dying, or something equally as dramatic. And if he paints the house, that's fine.
Gaiman used some off-color language in his post, which -- fair warning -- makes its way into the Paul and Storm video. The comedians are clearly fans -- not just because they tromp around in period outfits weilding swords and turkey legs, but because their lyrics are grounded in Martin's books. They even reference the two further, yet-to-be-written books in the series, "The Winds of Winter" and "A Dream of Spring."
Since "A Dance With Dragons" came out, Martin has garnered even more fans, thanks to the HBO series based on the books. It's slated to return for a third season in 2013.
-- Carolyn Kellogg