Aug 022012

Any review or commentary regarding Game of Thrones and the subsequent books in the series is almost certain to mention sex. Violence and cruelty permeates almost every chapter, but it’s the sex that gets the attention and, occasionally, the condemnation. Author George R.R. Martin has this observation on our bipolar attitudes regarding sex and violence in popular culture:

I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.

I’m guessing that the libidinous Tyrion will be one of the few characters left standing when the series reaches its conclusion. But given Martin’s history of executing main characters, I’m hesitant to place any bets.

Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.

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