J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter vs. George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin probably don’t attract quite the same audience. Both sets of books have magic and shocking sequences, but Game of Thrones has a bit more “adult” material in it and can be a little more difficult to follow, with a bunch of minor characters and meandering subplots.
When I talk about Game of Thrones, book readers get mad and remind me that the series is called A Song of Ice and Fire. If I say A Song of Ice and Fire, people who don’t read the books get confused, and then I have to say Game of Thrones anyway. With J.K. Rowling, all I have to say is Harry Potter, and everybody knows what I’m talking about.
The series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin is not even done yet. There are still two books left, and nobody really knows when these books will be completed and published. Even though there have been deadlines, George R.R. Martin hasn’t been able to meet them. Martin is lucky he’s a fantastic writer because otherwise no publisher would tolerate him.
Some fans are worried that A Song of Ice and Fire might never get finished, that George R.R. Martin will pass on before he’s done. I don’t like to judge other people (even though I write a blog), but Martin looks like he might have some… issues. I don’t want to list what those issues could be because I’m not a doctor, but if you look at the guy, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
If Martin dies before finishing A Song of Ice and Fire, a lot of readers will be ticked off. Some will be angry that he didn’t write the novels quickly enough. Others will point out that if he had lived a more healthy lifestyle, he would have given himself more time to finish his novels.
George R.R. Martin spends a lot of time writing stuff that isn’t A Song of Ice and Fire. He writes Dunk and Egg stories. He writes histories of his fantasy world. To me, those are things he should write AFTER he’s done with A Song of Ice and Fire. Dunk and Egg stories are okay, but I want to know what happens in Westeros.
Now that everybody has had the chance to read (if not see) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling claims that she is “done” with Harry Potter . There are no more Harry Potter stories to tell. The series is complete. There might be other tales in the Potter universe, but that’s it for Potter.
“Done” might mean something different in the U.K. In the United States, “done” means you’re finished with it, you’re through, you’re never going back, it’s dead to you. Maybe in the UK, “done” means we’ll revisit it in a few years. I don’t know.
J.K Rowling might be “done” with Harry Potter, but not all her readers are satisfied. Some say she wrote the series too quickly and didn’t think through some of the plot developments and characterization. In other words, they claim she should have taken her time. Other readers complain that Cursed Child feels like fan fiction. This shows that no matter what a successful authors does, readers are going to complain. Then again, J.K. Rowling looks pretty healthy. It seems like she is putting herself in a position to write a lot more books. I guess that’s judging (which I try not to do, even though I’m a blogger), but at least it’s positive judging.
I’m not a betting man, but I’d wager that J.K. Rowling will write another Harry Potter book/script/something within the next 20 years. I’m not talking about a Tolkien-like Silmarillion. I don’t mean something related to the Harry Potter universe. I mean, J.K. Rowling will write something new and significant about Harry Potter.
Cormoran Strike books are okay, but they would not have been best sellers if J.K. Rowling hadn’t admitted she was Robert Galbraith. I don’t think Strike novels will sustain her own interest for the next 20 years and beyond. At some point, Rowling will think of another idea for a Harry Potter book. And I bet she’d rather change her mind than NOT write a new book just to stay true to her word.
When it comes to George R.R. Martin finishing A Song of Ice and Fire, I’m not sure how I’d bet.
What do you think? Is J.K. Rowling really done with Harry Potter? When (as in what year) do you think George R.R. Martin will finally finish writing A Song of Ice and Fire?
If you enjoyed this blog post, you’ll probably like this ebook too. It’s not a series. Plus, it’s short and done.