Yep… the ones that make it big lately are the ones I wouldn’t touch with a hazmat suit (Shades of Horrible Writing in particular!)
I’ve never read Game of Thrones. Or watched any of the TV episodes. Apparently it’s the Wars of the Roses with a fantasy setting and modern multi-dimensional characters to appeal to the Z-gen audience, which sounds interesting – and George R R Martin is an excellent writer. But I’ve never gone out of my way to check it out.
Possibly it has something to do with my unerring ability to be interested only in things that aren’t commercially popular. But it might be something else. After all, I read – and enjoyed – all the Harry Potter books. And Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings remains my all-time favourite novel.
The actual explanation is that this sort of story doesn’t appeal to me. Obviously it appeals to a lot of other people. Which begs the question – why did it take off? I am fairly sure…
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