Posted February 29th 2012 by Anthony DiPalma.
From the earliest of times when Beowulf was but a tale sung by bards to the premiere of the latest Harry Potter film that packed local malls with screaming teenagers, fantasy literature has always been popular—and for good reason. No other genre allows audiences to live in a time and place where magic and adventure are as common as popcorn in a movie theater. Whether it is because high fantasy transports us to a world outside of our own or whether it is because Edward Cullen is just so damn dreamy, everyone has their own special reason for appreciating the genre. Recently, a whole new audience was caught in the exciting world of A Song of Ice & Fire, or as fans of the TV show will recognize it, Game of Thrones. As someone who has spent countless hours in Narnia, Middle-Earth, Hogwarts, and Skyrim, I can safely say that George R.R. Martin, creator of the A Song of Ice & Fire series, is the absolute best at his craft. While J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are considered the fathers of modern fantasy literature, George R.R. Martin is redefining the genre and making it better.