- Interviewer: What was your intent in providing such female characters of strength in a genre that typically reduces women to witches, wives, and/or whores?
- George R.R Martin: To be fair I have my fair share of all of those - witches, wives, and whores - but I try to make them fully fleshed out, human, which is wives and whores, and as well to introduce other things. It goes back to what I was saying earlier, about common humanity. It seems strange that I have to say this, it's sort of a weirdly radical statement - women are people. They're driven by the same desires that drive men - desire for respect and power, desire to protect their children, greed for money, for claim, where everybody wants to be loved. It's all common humanity, and I just try to write my female characters as I write my male characters. I do take into account that it's a very patriarchal society so they are limited to certain roles. Some of them fit comfortably within the roles that Westeros's society has assigned them, and some of them do not fit comfortably into those roles, therefore encounter a certain amount of rejection, or tension, or ridicule as they try to pursue their own dreams, or as they frustrate their own dreams. And all this is great, all this is conflict, it's character tension, it's what story is all about, the human heart in conflict with itself.
One Flaw In Women by Anonymous
Women have strengths that amaze men….. They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in..
They stand up to injustice.
They don’t take “no” for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give..
HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN,
IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.
Women have strengths that amaze men…..
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,