RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

Slight Character Redemption

I’m approaching the end of A Clash of Kings, the second book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.  One character just – slightly - redeemed himself in my eyes.  However, I’m not sure if I’m mad at GRRM or not over this.

Without spoilers, the character in question was a notable non-PoV character in A Game of Thrones who became a PoV character in the second book, and quickly changed into a character I had some respect for into a character I was starting to hate.  (This is personally, not that I dread his sections).  However, over the last several chapters it was becoming clear that he, apparently, did something seriously despicable to another couple of characters, one a PoV character.

After this, and especially during this character’s point of view, I was getting to the point that part of me wanted to find a way into the pages to eliminate him. {Not really, since I’ve read Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books, I know the problems with doing that – not to mention that I don’t think that there really is a way in}

But, at the very end of the chapter I finished shortly before reaching work this morning – a chapter from the point of view of this character – we learn that while he had done the despicable act, he had actually done it to two different people (who had never been on page).

GRRM as the author aggravated this by drawing the suspense out, which is why I might be mad at him.  On the other hand this is a good author trick, so I should probably just respect him for it.

Now, I am just going to patiently wait to see if we hear what really happened from the other character’s point of view.  More incentive to keep reading (listening).

{Aside: it may be a good thing George R.R. Martin isn’t going to be at WFC this weekend – and I’m not just talking as someone who will probably be working at the “cattle call” autographing session either.  If he was here, I’d probably be tempted to buy all of the current books in print just to get them signed – and possibly let him know how I felt through this section.}


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