One of the more unusual features of modern popular culture is the tendency we all have to both disproportionately idolize our heroes, and then tear down those same idols the second something doesn't quite fit with our own vision of how their creation should be. George Lucas, for instance, created arguably the most beloved movie franchise of all time, yet is actively disliked by millions of his own fans for following his own creative vision in a way many disapproved of.
Lucas, though, can comfort himself with his billions of dollars (yes, billions) and the fact that his having stepped down from his active role in further developing the Star Wars universe means he's now a little safer from fan vitriol.
Spare a thought, though, for George R.R. Martin, who's dealing with a similar set of problems relating to his A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels...while also having to write the sixth installment, The Winds of Winter.
And, from the sounds of it, it's starting to get to him.
George R.R. Martin Would Like You to Leave Him Alone Now, Please
Now, in fairness, Martin is on the receiving end of a whole lot less fan hate than Lucas - with his books still revered by the vast majority of his fanbase. That could all change with the release of the seventh book in the series, Revenge of the Jedi Dragon Clones, of course, but for now, he's pretty comfortably in that 'idolized' stage we were talking about earlier.
What he is being constantly bombarded with, however, is a trio of equally unhelpful things:
1.) Constant criticism for not writing faster - which, I can tell you, is not a great motivator.
2.) Constant criticism for being overweight, and therefore risking dying before completing the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which...is actually just mean.
3.) Questions. Just so many questions. Especially, it turns out, about the Game of Thrones TV series we're all completely obsessed with.
Which Is Where Martin's Heartfelt Plea Comes in...
As he put it on his (not a) blog:
"… Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of Game of Thrones. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog….Yes, I know that The Hollywood Reporter named me ‘the third most powerful writer in Hollywood’ last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I’ve been writing on The Winds of Winter now, thank you very much."
Or, in other words:
We Really Need to Leave Him Alone, so He Can Finish the Freaking Books
And, y'know what? That actually seems like a pretty fair deal...
What do you reckon, though?