Even though it’s not pleasant to discuss, fans of A Song of Ice and Fire do wonder what would happen if George R.R. Martin is not able to finish the series. According to a recent comments, he’s not sharing the world of Westeros while he’s alive and probably not after that either. And we’re not talking about fan fiction here, we’re discussing the possibility of other authors either writing authorized stories in Martin’s universe or finishing the current series. Huh.
Martin worries about what could happen with the franchise in the wrong hands. If he were unable to to finish, it sounds like Westeros could end…
“I don’t think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that [others writing in Westeros] either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendents, or people who didn’t actually know the writer and don’t care about his wishes. It’s just a cash cow to them.
“And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”
He doesn’t have his own children, but he looks at what the Tolkien family has done with The Lord of the Rings franchise as a good example.
“I’ve always admired [J.R.R.] Tolkien and his immense influence on fantasy. [And] although I’ve never met the man, I admire Christopher Tolkien, his son, who has been the guardian of Tolkien’s estate who has never allowed that.
“I’m sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say ‘yes, go ahead, let’s write Sauron Strikes Back’.
I can understand his concerns, but it has the effect of making me worry even more about the series being unfinished. I’ll be over here with my fingers crossed.