The feel of the story reminds me a lot of Ken Follett’s book/mini-series (both fabulous) Pillars of the Earth, though the story is not at all the same. I think it’s the skillful way that George R.R. Martin sets up every character’s goal and motivation, both protagonist and antagonist alike. And they’re not petty. He’s carefully laying the foundations with betrayal, torment, and loss.
Ken Follett does the same thing with his characters. The seeds of vengeance are sown early and provide for the ultimate demise of those who run roughshod over others early on.
Of course, it’s a long, arduous road upon which the “good guys” are tortured mercilessly, but then the hero wouldn’t have earned his victory if not for the trials of the journey, right?
A writer could learn a lot from both Follett and Martin.
So, I will dutifully study GoT in my quest to become a better writer. Maybe some of the magic will rub off on me along the way.
Either way, at least I’ll be enjoying myself.
Is there a book, movie, or TV show that inspires you to be a better writer?