George R.R. Martin is kind of a slow writer, to the point where Game of Thrones, the TV adaptation of his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire infamously surpassed his novels earlier this year, which is something that has seemingly never happened to another author (or at least one as popular as Martin).
Recently, someone on Imgur unearthed a letter Martin sent to comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1964 that takes the writer and artist to task for a couple Fantastic Four continuity errors. One thing that becomes abundantly clear while reading through the letter is that even at 16-years-old, Martin had a meticulous eye for detail … which unfortunately may help explain why he’s taking so damn long to finish The Winds of Winter.
“I regret to inform you that I found one flaw in this otherwise perfect masterpiece,” Martin writes “When we last saw the Red Ghost in Fantastic Four #13 he was stuck on the moon being chased around by three super-powered apes livid with hatred and waving Mr. Fantastic’s paralyzer ray at him. Now suddenly you bring him back in full control of his apes without one single word of explanation.”
Martin keeps going and helpfully points out that this isn’t the first time Lee and Kirby have performed this trick. “This isn’t the first time you’ve brought back a villain without properly explaining how. You did it when you revived the Puppet Master in Fantastic Four #14 after Reed had pronounced him dead inFantastic Four #8.”
Martin then closes his somewhat rant-like fan letter by wishing Lee luck in forthcoming books, but cautions him not to pull off any more stunts like the ones he just described “Next time, tell us how they remade the scene — o.k.?”
You have to assume that Martin is significantly more scrupulous with his own material. His novels are sprawling epics with hundreds of characters and as he’s admitted on more than a few occasions, he’s frequently written himself into a corner with having to tie so many story threads together in his later books. Even with the power of the internet and a legion of super-fans helping him out, it must be a tough job for Martin to keep everything straight, especially since it seems like a single errant plot hole is enough to make him throw the whole manuscript out and start again from scratch.
There is currently no release date for Martin’s next book, The Winds of Winter. Sorry, just had to remind you again.
(Source: The Verge)