Dragons and Damsels

04.02.134:15 PM ET

‘Game of Thrones’ Author: I’m a Feminist

George R.R. Martin on his female fans and characters.

The fiction of George R.R. Martin has always appealed to female readers (when he met his future wife in 1975, she said his first book had made her cry). But since the wild popularity of Game of Thrones, the HBO series based on his A Song of Ice and Fire books, his stories have reached an ever-larger pool of ladies. Most critics have lauded his representation of fierce female warriors, who are more fleshed-out than your average TV hero or villain. And he’s a feminist to boot: “I regard men and women as all human,” he says. “Yes, there are differences, but many of those differences are created by the culture that we live in, whether it's the medieval culture of Westeros, or 21st-century Western culture.” We’ll have to stay tuned to see if Daenerys will ever get equal pay—er, her Iron Throne.

George R.R. Martin on his female fans and characters.

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