(TW: rape) soft and sweet: I'm in the middle of A Storm Of Swords at the moment
I’m in the middle of A Storm Of Swords at the moment
and I’m rapidly becoming disenchanted with this author/storyworld.
At the point I am at in the book, the reader is introduced to an army of castrated slaves who all have to kill puppies, and then later human babies, in their training, so that they will grow up to be super hardcore. Which just seems sort of… over-wrought? Like, very much so? To the point where I found it sort of funny, which made my reading experience incredibly surreal.
I know what’s coming up in the series, and it’s pretty much a bunch of sensationalized/stylized Extreme Gore with a generous helping of very calculated squicky horror. It misses the mark in terms of the gritty historical callbacks that (I think) the author is going for.
Okay, honestly? Here’s what it’s like. You know how sometimes when you’re masturbating, your fantasies become sort of comically skewed or over-the-top in the heat of the moment? And then after you have an orgasm, looking back on those same images that you were thinking of, you realize how tasteless and/or bizarre they were? (unless that’s just me… is that TMI for a tumblr post? I’m assuming it happens to other people…)
But seriously the BEST way I can describe GRRM’s writing is like if someone with a medieval torture/violence fetish was masturbating, and had just gotten to the point where their fantasies got really distorted and wonky, and then wrote an entire fantasy epic, and then had their orgasm, and then didn’t go back to edit it once the hormones had worn off.
This is some of the funniest ASOIAF criticism I’ve ever read! I can’t say that stuff bothered me as much as it did you, though gosh I wish GRRM would chill out with the rape! I’ve heard it said that GRRM must have a rape fetish and personally I don’t think he has. He never lingers on describing the grisly details of any of the thousands of rapes in the series (most take place off page) I can see what he’s doing trying to create this horrible patriarchal world in order to make the struggles of his female characters all the more impressive and sympathetic. I respect that goal but jjeeezzzz does he over-egg that particular pudding. It gets like a “gritty” 90s comic book at times GRIMNESS, GORE, RAPE, DARKLY INTENSE DARKNESS AND MORE RAPE!!! I personally see this as an artistic rather than a moral or political failing and it doesn’t distract too much from all the stuff I love about the series
Can’t be worse than Ayn Rand’s rape fetish. That stuff gets disturbing really fast…
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"Chaya: I am what you call an Ancient and it is also true that I can never offer your people sanctuary. But you are wrong about as to why I came here.
Sheppard: Why did you come here?
Chaya: You, John.
Chaya: I have lived in solitude for so long that when you asked me to come to Atlantis, I…
McKay: Oh my god, he is Kirk!"
Rodney McKay, Col. John Sheppard and Random Alien Girl of the Week in Stargate: Atlantis, Episode 1x14: Sanctuary