My Favourite Author Is Better than Your Favourite Author

I was surprised when I saw this article.  I had no idea this was going on.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because fans can be very aggressive online and bash anyone who disagrees with them.  I can understand a little bit, because I’m a sports fan, and I’m a very loyal fan of the Edmonton Oilers.  However, books are a different kind of thing.

A Game of Thrones

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In one corner, we have the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series that spawned the Game of Thrones TV series.  He is George R. R. Martin.  In the other corner, we have the author of Malazan Book of the Fallen, a Canadian author who goes by the name of Steven Erikson.  They’re both authors of epic fantasy that have very similar themes.  They’re both violent, militaristic, epic war fantasies.  They’re both incredibly long.  They’re both gritty and dark.  But there’s one big difference.  A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t finished yet.

I have read the first two books of A Song of Ice and Fire, and am currently reading the third.  I’ve read only the first Malazan book.  Although they’re similar in theme, they are totally different in atmosphere.  I find myself getting immersed into both worlds very easily.  I also find myself getting confused with characters if I’ve left the series for too long between books.  I’ve forgotten most of the character names for Malazan, and there are many.  They both have huge casts of characters.  They’re both pretty amazing series.

But the fans seem to be at war with each other.  They seem to think the authors are competing against each other, as well.  But according to that article, it’s far from true.  Erikson and Martin have talked to each other several times and are rather surprised about their fans’ behaviour.  I’d have to say I am, too.  In the world of epic fantasy literature, there’s room to enjoy both series.  You don’t have to insult others because they like a different book than you.  Since I like both, I can’t understand this feeling.  I’ve read books I don’t like, but I don’t declare war on the people who do like them.  Honestly, it’s not worth it.

So, if you are one of these crazy fans, I have one thing to say:  They’re just books.  Just enjoy them.  Your personal tastes are just that, personal.  You don’t have to get upset if someone has their own personal tastes.

Personally, I really enjoy Gardens of the Thrones by Steven R. R. Martin.

14 thoughts on “My Favourite Author Is Better than Your Favourite Author”

  1. It’s great that fans can be so passionate, but there also needs to be a time when everyone just respects that people enjoy different things 😀 Great post!

  2. Since it is world cup football season I was witnessing a great fight between Brazil and Argentina fans with very interesting remarks and slogans raised by each countries fans. Since my country is not qualified for tournament these two Latin American teams have strong fan base in my locality. Like you said it is fun to watch actually.

    1. My country didn’t qualify, either. It hasn’t since 1986. My adopted country has qualified since the late 90s, though. It seems that soccer fans tend to be extremely passionate.

  3. I think I’m the only person left who hasn’t read the song of fire in ice series or seen game of things. The intense fandom for this is really intimidating. I love my Buffy but I don’t think it has ever made me as aggressive as the Martin fans. People act like I’m a hipster or mentally challenged just because I haven’t given it a chance yet. I will eventual but I don’t have cable and the books are crazy long and not exactly my gene so it may be awhile.

      1. You also said gene instead of genre 🙂

        Yes, it is quite long. When I get into the book, I find I get lost in it, though. It pulls me in and doesn’t let me go, unless I have to get off the train (I usually read it on the train). I haven’t seen the Game of Thrones TV series, though. I won’t until later.

    1. You’re not the only person who has neither read A Song of Fire and Ice nor watched the television series based on the series. I love fantasy fiction in general, but those stories contain things that I find extremely distasteful.

      1. I can see how people can dislike it. There are some things that are difficult for people to handle. I have thick skin, so not much affects me.

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