GRRM Hates Fan Fiction & Will Never Allow Anyone Else to Contribute to ASOIAF

grrm fanficGeorge R.R. Martin, creator of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, was recently asked on his blog if he would allow other writers to contribute to ASOIAF universe. This is what he had to say:

OneFairfax: “Do you think Daniel and Tyler could eventually write stories in the ASOIAF universe?”

George R.R. Martin: “Uh… no.”

OneFairfax: “Do you see anyone? Or will ASOIAF books forever remain your work alone?”

George R.R. Martin: “I don’t see anyone else ever writing (legally) in that universe.”

Daniel Abraham and Tyler (Ty) Franck are the authors of The Expanse book series, which GRRM was discussing on his blog. Daniel collaborates regularly with Martin and Franck was his personal assistant for some time.

Fans of the ASOIAF series are worried that Martin, 67, may not live long enough to complete the books and have often wondered whether someone else will be allowed to complete his work, if he passes away. Martin, however, has openly opposed to the process of other people finishing his work. He was also asked this question back in 2013 to which he replied – “Not while I’m alive.” He added:

“I don’t think my wife, if she survives me, will allow that either. But one thing that history has shown us is eventually these literary rights pass to grandchildren or collateral descendants, or people who didn’t actually know the writer and don’t care about his wishes. It’s just a cash cow to them. And then we get abominations to my mind like Scarlett, the Gone with the Wind sequel.”

GRRM also cited Lord of the Rings Universe as an example of what he hopes happens to his legacy and is glad that J.R.R Tolkien’s son Christopher finished his father’s work but didn’t allow anyone else to write in that universe.

“I’m sure there are publishers waiting in the wings with giant bags of money just waiting for someone to say ‘yes, go ahead, let’s write Sauron Strikes Back. I hope I never see Sauron Strikes Back written by some third rate writer who leaps at the opportunity.”

Martin has also openly spoken against fanfiction in the past and thinks that it’s disrespectful to an author if he doesn’t want others to use his world and characters.

“Consent, for me, is the heart of this issue. If a writer wants to allow or even encourage others to use their worlds and characters, that’s fine. Their call. If a writer would prefer not to allow that… well, I think their wishes should be respected.”


  1. All he needs to do is establish a corporation for ownership of the copyright, funded by the royalties. In the corporate charter a provision that no one can write using the ASOIAF material. Also in the corporate charter a proviso to lobby for copyright extensions as necessary in perpetuity, ala Disney’s efforts. Sarcasm aside, GRRM let it go. You’ve released your idea into the wide. At some point it becomes no longer yours alone.

  2. Well I for one am very glad that the best writer in my opinion ever in this genre, Robert Jordan found another succesfull writer to finish the story when he got ill. Not having a good story finished if you know you are going to die is very selfish.

    1. Agreed. Robert Jordan left a legacy and I was worried that Brandon Sanderson would not be able to fill those shoes. I was wrong. Those last two books were amazing.

  3. There probably isn’t one writer in a billion that could equal GRRMs dialog,,,he is, in my estimation, our modern version of Shakespeare…and Charles Dance (Tywin) said as much in the first season of GOT…(ok, what he actually said was “This is the finest dialog I’ve ever had the good fortune to speak)…and it is that precision use of language as well as the logic of the characters that defines GRRMs writing.

    1. “Tarly, when I was a lad half your age, my lady mother told me that if I stood about with my mouth open, a weasel was like to mistake it for his lair and run down my throat. If you have something to say, say it. Otherwise, beware of weasels” – Lord Commander Jeor Mormont

  4. Its rude telling someone he is about to die…I’m a big fan of ASOIAF and I agree with GRRM completely.

  5. Meanwhile, the Ring of Fire series is up to 32 novels, nearly four dozen collections of short stories, a role-playing game, and has kick-started the careers of dozens of authors while being completely authorized as canon by the creator in an extensive review and mentoring process while starting publication four years later than ASOIAF.

    Just sayin’.

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