George R.R. Martin defends the repeated use of rape on “Game of Thrones” and in his books

05.04.14 5 years ago

George R.R. Martin defends the repeated use of rape on “Game of Thrones” and in his books
“An artist has an obligation to tell the truth,” he says. “My novels are epic fantasy, but they are inspired by and grounded in history. Rape and sexual violence have been a part of every war ever fought, from the ancient Sumerians to our present day. To omit them from a narrative centered on war and power would have been fundamentally false and dishonest, and would have undermined one of the themes of the books: that the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. (And the heroes too). Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil.” PLUS: American Chemical Society investigates King Joffrey”s poisoning.

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