High Fantasy: The Games of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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High Fantasy is a relatively new genre, having only been introduced in the late 1800s. Through the novels that fall under this category, authors have had the opportunity to respond to critical social issues that are prevalent in their lifetime. This has allowed the genre to mature along with the advancement of our culture. High Fantasy has rapidly developed into a genre that is widely appreciated and accepted; George R.R. Martin has contributed to this progression through his novel The Game of Thrones, in which he responds to past authors, social issues of today, and the High Fantasy genus.
While High Fantasy began with a fervent fan base, the genre also conjured up immense disapproval from the church. Devout Christians, Catholics, and Mormons worried that the High Fantasy novels were promoting witchcraft. They were concerned that if their children became interested in High Fantasy, they would stray from their faith in God. Prior to C.S. Lewis’s success with The Chronicles of Narnia, he wrote books with which he “enriched the faith of many young Latter-Day Saints…. Christians of all faiths [found] similar inspiration in Lewis’ writings”(Jardin). Due to his already profound impact on the believers in Christ, he was able to shift their views about the intentions of High Fantasy. Lewis’s fans were already invested in his compelling religious novels and as a result when he released The Chronicles of Narnia he forced them to approach the genre from a different perspective. “Lewis said it was primarily his imagination that laid the foundation of his faith…. When he read George MacDonald’s fantasy work ‘Phantastes,’ he described it […] as baptizing his imagination” (Jardin). This statement alone showed the people of faith who admired C....

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This article outlines the life of C.S. Lewis and his writings on Christianity and Chronicles of Narnia. The piece describes the effect Lewis had on his religious readers and highlights his life story, including his inspiration for his novels. Jardin wanted to draw attention to the positive effect Lewis had on the world.

Larsen, David. "George RR Martin Interview - Books - From Our Archive - The Listener." New Zealand Listener George RR Martin Interview Comments. N.p., 16 Nov. 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.
This interview exemplifies George R.R. Martin’s journey to The Game of Thrones and his writing styles and how they contribute to High Fantasy. Martin reveals the intentions of his novels and his strategy for completing such arduous books.

Martin, George R. R. A Game of Thrones. New York: Bantam, 1996. Print.

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