Toxic Narratives and ASOIAF: From Within and Without

This is very good.

GRRM is a good writer, very good. But he’s not perfect… and the problems in the fandom flow from the problems in his writing.

People who want to romanticise the problems of history, inequality, slavery and so on, see no issue with how GRRM also does this.

Off The Bookshelf

That was in the dawn of days, when our sun was rising. Now it sinks, and this is our long dwindling (Dance, Bran III)

A specter is haunting ASOIAF – the specter of the past. Our characters are haunted by the great things that came before them, from myth and song to parents and grandparents. In this essay, I’m going to talk about some of the toxic nostalgia our characters participate in…and then talk about how some in-real-life toxic nostalgia may be informing some of the storytelling choices GRRM makes.

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