George R.R. Martin Slams 'Toxic' Fan Culture After Game of Thrones Backlash

TVGuide.com | 6/30/2019 | Amanda Bell
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George R.R. Martin is not here for internet trolls.

All eyes have been on the A Song of Ice and Fire author in the wake of Game of Thrones' divisive final season, with many readers clamoring to find out how the series' originator felt about his final "holy s---" moment coming to life on-screen and whether his final two books will present the same ending. And while Martin wasn't ready to dish on either of those subjects this week, he did have a thing or two to say about the landscape of modern fan culture that inspired 1.6 million people to sign a petition to demand a re-do of Game of Thrones Season 8.

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In a new podcast interview with critic Leonard Maltin, Martin talked about the impact that fanzines had upon his youthful fandom and how that compares to the internet age, wherein technology has made it easier for people to connect with creators than it was when he was young, but the discourse isn't necessarily better for anyone involved.

"Now, of course, the internet has taken [fanzine culture] up several orders of magnitude," he said. "You can tweet and Facebook, but I don't know if it's an improvement."

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Martin, who himself runs a blog and...
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