I haven’t had a chance to see the season ending of Game of Thrones, but it appears we get to meet not just new characters, but something magical and new.
Whenever I read a fantasy book, I don’t imagine a different world. I like to think the world in Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire books isn’t some far off world or a different universe, I like to imagine our world being this world in the story.
And that’s especially what I love about Martin’s books: he takes all this magic and turns it into something that could be almost real, like you could almost imagine it existing in some long lost history of Earth.
Like the from the history of Westeros, the Children: the way you’re supposed to think of them are in a way like you’d think of fairies or pixies, but if fairies and pixies were real in our world.
Think of Tinkerbell in the cartoon version of Disney’s Peter Pan. Now imagine her with real flesh and bone. That’s what I think G. R. R. Martin has done with our myths, fables and legends. He took them and injected their magic in a way subtle enough to be almost real enough that it can exist in a world where the Wars of the Roses (the actual historical even of English history) happened.
And the magic that is truly magic is incredibly mysterious - in the same way that a Walkman would seem magical to people from the 15th century. And when it’s presented, it’s either dark and frightening and not at all beautiful.
That is what I love about those books. Magic is there, but it’s so mundane or frightening that it almost seems like it can actually exist in our world.
This is why I think G. R. R. Martin has transcended all other fantasy writers and have left them behind in his wake.