George RR Martin fans are threatening to boycott the author’s next project amid accusations of racism leveled at two of his collaborators.
The lifelong co-authors of the creator of game of Thronesmarried couple Linda Antonsson and Elio M. Garcia Jr., were recruited to co-write “a deluxe reference book” on the Targaryen clan called The Rise of the Dragon: An Illustrated History of the Targaryen Dynasty, Volume One.
However, after Martin announced the next volume On twitterthousands of fans responded indignantly and said they would boycott the book because of the controversial comments the couple made.
The Independent contacted representatives for Martin and the book’s publisher, Ten Speed Press, for comment.
Superfans Antonsson and Garcia created the online forum westeros.org in 1999 and were subsequently recruited by Martin to corroborate the facts of his 2005 novel A Feast for Crows. In 2014, they co-authored The World of Ice & Fire, an illustrated companion book to the novel series.
On several occasions, Antonsson has publicly criticized the casting of actors whose ethnicities do not match those of their characters in Martin’s original source material, such as Nonso Anozie, the black actor who played Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Game of Thrones.
Last year, he criticized the casting of Steve Toussaint as Corlys Velaryon, tweeting: “Corlys is misrepresented, there are no Black Valyrians and there should be none in the series. Diversity should not trump history, simple as that.”
Toussaint has commented on the racist reaction to his casting on several occasions, noting, “It’s funny, because you think, ‘You don’t have a problem with flying dragons, but do you have a problem with a black man who’s part of the nobility?'”
In statements to VarietyAntonsson mentioned that angry fans “picked statements stripped of context”, adding that it bothers her that they “label her as a racist, when my focus has been solely the development of the world [de esta historia]”.
“If George had made the Valyrians black instead of white, as he mused in his ‘Not a Blog’ in 2013, and this new series had proposed to make the Velaryons non-black, we would have had the same problem and shared the same opinion,” said Antonsson.
In response to Toussaint’s comments, Antonsson argued that it created a “false dichotomy that completely misses the point of how a secondary world fantasy works” and that changing the ethnicity of the characters “raises all sorts of logical questions”.
On the diversity of the series, the co-creator Ryan Condal recently raised: “The world is very different now than it was 10 years ago when [Game of Thrones]. It’s different than 20 years ago when Peter Jackson did The Lord of the Rings. These kinds of stories need to be more inclusive than they have traditionally been.”
“It was very important for [el cocreador Miguel Sapochnik] And for me to create a show that wasn’t just another group of white people on screen, to put it bluntly.”