Hollywood possesses great power.
For authors, Hollywood is a Holy Grail. Hard to attain and almost mythical. But there have been a number of writers who have had their work adapted to the big screen or television and those authors have had incredible financial fortune. It is a fact that, no matter how awful an adaptation, book sales vault to bestsellerdom when the Hollywood publicity vehicle ramps up to promote the movie or television series.
Why does this happen? As I said, it is part Hollywood’s doing before a movie or series opens. But it is largely due to movie goers and TV watchers becoming intrigued by the show—and wanting to read the source material or read ahead.
I began reading A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin after he stopped by to sign copies of A Feast For Crows in 2005. I was late to the readership, which even then was already growing. When George signed his deal allowing HBO to adapt A Song of Ice & Fire, I bet even he had no idea how large it would become and how many readers he would have worldwide.
That means George’s readership is quite diverse—some people read George before he published A Game of Thrones, some began reading him after that book but before the HBO deal, and yet others began reading him after HBO began their adaptation.
The poll question for today is:
When Did You Start Reading George R. R. Martin?
If you’ve read George’s work, where did you first start?
So vote! And then comment!