Don't get me wrong, I love that he has written the series in this way. Adding in the rape, incest, murder, crippling young children etc gives it a lot of shock factor, and makes it seem real and believable despite being a fantasy series, yet it always seemed to me that this was aimed predominantly at males. I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, when I see a lot of female readers, both on the forums here and in real life. A customer at the cafe where I work must have been in her 60's, saw her reading ADWD and had a quick discussion with her about the books, and this thought occurred to me then, wondering if she was able to view the series in the same way I did.
I don't want to come across as suggesting that female readers wouldn't be able to read this feeling any differently to males, as I'm sure you're all adult enough to read it for what it is, but I do wonder how you reacted when you read it. Did you feel offended, shocked, a little disgusted, or did you find it generally normal and have no issues with what came up? There's a lot that I feel could come out of this, and to be honest a lot of the subjects are incredibly touchy, enough to actually concern me that I wasn't putting the book down in disgust at certain points, particularly with the age issues of some of the characters, but is this a widespread feeling amongst others?
EDIT: Realised the typo in the title It's late for me.
Edited by Jcooper, 28 February 2012 - 05:45 AM.