In a new interview, “Game of Thrones” creator George R. R. Martin addressed fan culture and indicates the Internet has changed how fandom expresses itself and does so in a much more toxic way that old offline fan collaborations did not.
Speaking on film critic Leonard Maltin’s 90-minute Maltin on Movies podcast, the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series says: “The Internet is toxic in a way that the old fanzine culture and fandoms – comics fans, science fiction fans in those days – was not. There were disagreements. There were feuds, but nothing like the madness that you see on the Internet.”
Both Martin and Maltin got their start writing ‘fanzines’ in the pre-Internet era. Martin saw some of that toxic fandom in the disagreements that spilled out online during the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones”.
He’s now working on the spin-offs and admits in the interview they almost certainly won’t be as popular as the original: “The scale of Game of Thrones’ success has – reaching all over the world and invading the culture to [such an extent] – it’s not something anyone could ever anticipate, not something I expect to ever experience again.”