RFTIT Tumblr Weeklish Roundup

Hey folks! First bit of business: Marc my editor wanted to let you know that Amazon should have sent update emails to anyone with e-book copies of Volume I, so you should definitely go ahead and get that updated so you have the most up-to-date version. Also, work with the physical manuscript is proceeding, although some errant formatting on the website made a bunch of stuff all-caps so that has to be fixed.

On to matters of content. So I’ve put in the quotes to my outline for Tyrion III, and I have a feeling this is going to be a particularly long one, because this is the chapter where the new Small Council divvys up the goods from the War of Five Kings, where Tyrion and Cersei’s marriages are set up, and ultimately where we see the Red Wedding from the (Tywin) Lannister perspective. (I’ve also started writing Politics of Dorne Part II, so there’s plenty of content on the way.) In the mean-time, we’ve got Tumblrs:

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2 thoughts on “RFTIT Tumblr Weeklish Roundup

  1. Jim B says:

    Your point about the importance of the “subtle signs of class distinction” is something I think about whenever I hear people speculate about Gendry ending up on the Iron Throne somehow.

    It’s one thing to have a claimant pop up out of nowhere who at least has been trained as a noble (fAegon). Or someone who was thought to be a bastard but turns out not to be, and was brought up in a noble family (Jon). Even someone who is indisputably a bastard but grew up with nobility could conceivably be accepted as a ruler (Edric Storm). But a bastard who lived as a commoner, speaks like a commoner, and has no education other than his blacksmith’s training? I can’t imagine the nobles of Westeros accepting him, and if they did, it comes dangerously close to giving up the social assumption on which the nobility depends: if someone who was indistinguishable from a commoner can lead, then why can’t every commoner be eligible?

    In fact, I wonder if the notion that bastards are somehow tainted by their status is in part a way of excusing why the offspring of supposedly-superior nobles don’t rise above the ranks of other commoners, unless they’re given some of the wealth and social advantages of their legitimate half-siblings. (The other rationale, I assume, is to deter bastards from making claims and undermining the benefits of marriage contracts.)

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