Cas Stark Posted July 20, 2020 Share Posted July 20, 2020 On 7/19/2020 at 7:40 AM, Werthead said: This topic does indirectly show the problem GRRM is facing. ADWD had 71 chapters divided between 16 POV characters (not counting the prologue/epilogue) and that hit the absolute ceiling GRRM and his publishers imposed on themselves. TWoW will probably have 20 POV characters and even if many of them only have 1 or 2 chapters, that's going to eat up a lot of space fast, especially if we assume that the likes of Daenerys and Tyrion (and maybe Arya) will have quite a lot of chapters as major characters (Jon might only have 1, or even 0 if he doesn't "return" until the end of the novel). What could help is if GRRM returns to his shorter chapter lengths from back in the day. ADWD did show a drop in chapter length from AFFC so that was headed in the right direction, but he was still a way off from his AGoT average. A Game of Thrones: 4082 (298k in 73 chapters) A Clash of Kings: 4657 (326k in 70 chapters) A Storm of Swords: 5171 (424k in 82 chapters) A Feast for Crows: 6522 (300k in 46 chapters) A Dance with Dragons: 5781 (422k in 73 chapters) That's unfortunate, IMO. I thought the trend toward one and two off POV chapters negatively affected the flow of the story, and am sorry to hear that this flaw apparently will not only not be corrected but will expand. I'd also be sad to see another ill conceived 'split' type of situation where a major character would have 0 or 1 chapter in a book that people have waited a decade [or more] for. I agree it would be a huge plus if GRRM returned to his earlier form of shorter chapters. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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