I enjoyed this as well. Curious about the movies he mentioned. The Mist is a door or a window to another dimension. Reminds me of Weasel Pie's time loop; the mist and travelling through the gate under the bridge of dreams twice.
A fun interview from 2012 that I stumbled upon between GRRM and Marvel.com - lots of discussion of the Marvel influence and even a detailed story of GRRM's failed attempt to secure a job as a Marvel writer!
"The challenge was to find ways to disturb my readers." -- GRRM, who takes six years for one book
Just a random thought here about something I came across. Not sure where this might fit. I was speculating that Jaime might be sent to the Wall by Lady Stoneheart for failing his oath to her and that he would represent the Shield of the NW oath with Jon as the sword and Sam as the horn. This passage seems significant to me.
A Storm of Swords - Jaime VIII Yet here he was. The table itself was old weirwood, pale as bone, carved in the shape of a huge shield supported by three white stallions. By tradition the Lord Commander sat at the top of the shield, and the brothers three to a side, on the rare occasions when all seven were assembled. The book that rested by his elbow was massive; two feet tall and a foot and a half wide, a thousand pages thick, fine white vellum bound between covers of bleached white leather with gold hinges and fastenings. The Book of the Brothers was its formal name, but more often it was simply called the White Book.
The three white stallions is interesting to me. Not exactly the four horsemen of the apolcalypse but I did come across the three horsemen reference in Marvel.
Do you have this interview quoted anywhere Some Pig No Doubt? Came across it and couldn't find it here, so appropriate for your project!
“I wrote a letter to Marvel [when I was a kid] in praise of ‘The Avengers #9’ issue that introduced Wonder Man. He comes along and he’s really powerful and he joins the Avengers as a new hero and he’s really a plant who’s been sent in to destroy them from within. But then when the crucial time comes he can’t bring himself do to it so he revolts against his evil masters and dies heroically in the same issue they introduced him. And I look back on it now from a distance and think ‘My God the influence over my work is enormous.’ He seems to be a hero to the outside world but he’s really a villain. But when it comes to the point where he’s supposed to murder someone he can’t bring himself to do it and he pays the ultimate price for that and dies heroically. And I’ve been stealing from that every since.”
“Maybe Stan Lee is the greatest literary influence on me, even more than Shakespeare or Tolkien."
Post by freyfamilyreunion on Sept 15, 2017 2:20:06 GMT
George just gave a sad and touching tribute to a comic legend, Len Wein, who passed away a couple of days ago. grrm.livejournal.com/
It made me think of this thread a bit. George has always said that his love of comics mainly comes from the comic books from the 60's. But I think that while George was a big fan of the comics of the 60's, I think more than anything else, he was a friend to a lot of the comic creators of the 70's and 80's. I know that Chris Claremont would put references to some of George's books into some of his x-men comics. My guess is a lot of the ideas that George is putting forth in his ASOIAF series were probably some ideas that were bandied about by George and his writer friends, including those in the comic industry. It lends a lot of credence to some of the inspirations that you've been finding in the later comics of the 70's and early 80's. These ideas may have been discussed and thrown around by all of them, but the comic book guys were the first ones to get them on the printed page.
But I think that while George was a big fan of the comics of the 60's, I think more than anything else, he was a friend to a lot of the comic creators of the 70's and 80's.
I agree. This is why I don't stick to the hard and fast rule of not looking at the later stuff, or taking him at his word when he says he stopped reading comics in the 70s. He said he stopped actively following them all around that time, but that doesn't mean he didn't keep up with his favorites or talk plot with his buddies. I'm sure he knew what the X-Men and F4 and Dr. Strange were doing well into the 80s and maybe even 90s.
Sad to say, but I think he will be doing more of these touching tributes as the days go by. Lots of the old guard shuffling off to that other dimension. I'm expecting Stan Lee to go soon, given that he's 94 and his wife of almost 70 years (!!!) passed away in July.