It's official, sadly 2015 will not be the year that the next installment of the epic fantasy saga, A Song of Ice and Fire, will be published. Fans of George RR Martin's long awaited, and highly anticipated novel will have to wait that little bit longer... which is nothing new!
The news comes following Martin's UK publisher Jane Johnson's comments to the Guardian:
“I have no information on likely delivery,” she said. “These are increasingly complex books and require immense amounts of concentration to write. Fans really ought to appreciate that the length of these monsters is equivalent to two or three novels by other writers.”
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of The Winds of Winter ever since Martin published the fifth book in his bestselling series, A Dance with Dragons, way back in 2011.
Martin has addressed the issue himself, via his personal blog, empathizing with the anxiety of fans but also explaining his seemingly lackadaisical writing style.
"Look, I've said before, and I will say again, I don't play games with news about the books, I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are. I am still working on Winds. When it's done, I will announce it here. There won't be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point. I won't time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine's Day or Lincoln's Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday. When it is done, I will say that's it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish."
This however, could have a horrible revelation for fans of the books but not the show, for the internet is dark... and full of spoilers... but perhaps no longer.
The TV series now faces the almost inevitable possibility of overtaking the narrative of the novels. Something fans of the books have been largely outraged and horrified by!
Martin has had backup. Fellow fantasy novellist Neil Gaiman blogged this way back in 2009 when pressed on the issue by a fan:
George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.
This is a useful thing to know, perhaps a useful thing to point out when you find yourself thinking that possibly George is, indeed, your bitch, and should be out there typing what you want to read right now.
People are not machines. Writers and artists aren't machines.
So how do you guys feel about this? Are you a fan of the TV show or books? Comment below or answer in our poll!
Meanwhile, quench your thirst for some Game of Thrones with the season 5 trailer of HBO's Game of Thrones which was recently released HERE!