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.
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.