My Theory on what GRRM did with AFFC
Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:44 PM
You know how people complain that "not much happens in AFFC" etc etc. Well, I have just started AFFC (about a third of the way through), and I agree that it is quite a different book. But I think that's what GRRM intended.
AGOT, ACOK and ASOS (can't comment on ADWD as I haven't read it yet) are full-on history books. Think Anthony Beevor writing about the Second World War, or Stalingrad. Big, powerful books describing, at a military and political level, a massive historical event, the tactics, the political machinations, the alliances, etc. I think GRRM wrote the first 3 books like that too.
But other people sometimes write different types of history books: like "Peasant Life in the Middle-Ages", or "Life of An Ordinary Roman", or "Village Life in Japan in the 14th Century" or whatever.
Well, I think GRRM wanted to write a book like that, and this is what AFFC is, to a degree: life in Westeros for all sorts of more ordinary people in the era of the War of the 5 Kings.
He already hinted at that with Arya's chapters in ASOS.
It's like the history of that war at a military and political level is covered by other books, and he wanted to write about people at the fringes (the Ironborn, the Dornish) as well as the life of smallfolk in affected regions like the Riverlands.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:07 PM
but since i don´t know him personally, i can be wrong of course.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:27 PM
Also, Martin may have gained a touch of hubris with his writing, as the delays in the release of AFFC and DwD seem to be due to him overestimating his ability to edit his grand plans.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:51 PM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:23 AM
Posted 21 December 2012 - 11:01 PM
I also think it is much more emotionally-centered than the other books have been, both in terms of smallfolk & our central cast. GRRM is building our empathy for these characters. Probably because he's about to kill them all.
Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:11 AM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:22 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:57 PM
The first three books build on top of each other, so by the time you've finished with SoS, you've realized you've read an incredible trilogy. A lot of exposition and foundation was used in GoT, while CoK built the action up, with SoS reaping the benefits. There's really no way to keep doing that without layering in more base to build off of, so AFFC was that base.
I think this is by far the best explanation. Other things may be going on in A Feast for Crows, like exposition on daily life, but I don't think that is the book's primary purpose. You need to set up the dominoes before you can push them down. You need to build a house of cards before it can fall.