I mean, for example, in thinking back over the series so far, I seem to recall that that a solid majority of weddings have ended with body counts, one of them a rather sizeable one. In comparing this with reality, I can't recall a time when I attended a wedding and then breathed a massive sigh of relief when, by the end of the event, no one had died. And while a part of that may be attributed to the modern environment in which I live, I can't really convince myself that weddings, historically, were commonly violent and bloody affairs.
Another example would be, well, Slaver's Bay in general. I mean, the Unsullied? Young boys castrated and made to kill puppies? Really? I get that slavery in one form or another has existed as long as human civilization has, and I get why people today hate it so much, but isn't this just a tiny bit over the top?
Then of course there are the many cases throughout (here, for the sake of brevity and my sanity, I'm not going to try to offer specific examples) where Martin has made us think something good is finally just about to happen and then ...! It's all a setup for something terrible that ruins all of the good and then some. And this happens so frequently that it's commonly remarked on by the fans, in fact, in a sort of wryly joking way. Moreover, it seems to happen in a sort of reverse Laser-Guided Karma way, a fact that also seems to get remarked on from time to time.
These are just a few examples, of course, of what I'm getting at, but it does seem to me that Martin's world may be skewed toward the "excessively pessimistic" end of things rather than being quite so realistic as many want to believe.
But what I'm really seeking is the opinions of others on this matter. Am I alone in questioning the "realistic" nature of Martin's degree of pessimism?
Edited by Kittyhat, 16 June 2012 - 05:30 PM.