Most of those so-called writers belong to a generation that doesn't like expectations. Even someone who's subverting conventions about the genre like GRRM still follows some basic rules of fantasy himself. Say, you can see the Beauty and the Beast trope in Sansa and Sandor, but it's obviously not going to end up the same. Ditto for Jaime and Brienne, where Brienne is the "beast" here. These writers beileve that not following rules make them groundbreaking, but they'd have to be very creative to actually pull that out and we know they aren't.Speaking of this.... what the fuck is it with Sci-fi and fantasy debutants saying they don’t read the genre?
When it’s obvious that at least half those claiming they don’t, do?
Do they think it makes them look more like bright eyed bushy tailed ingenues?
Because if they wanted to write actual adult literature they would be.
To me they look like lying twits or pretenders who’d balk at having to read anything approaching Proust or the likes the of The Name of the Rose, Umberto Ecos most accessible work.
Those people tend to be show-watchers who are convinced that the most deaths it has, the better the show gets. I've met a few and they don't care how inconsistent the show can be, as long as something unexpected happens, they're happy and convinced they're watching a top-notch tv show. Most of Martin fans who have read ASOIAF aren't like this and are quite fed up with people like this (cough cough).Example: multiple people thinking that he either intends to kill off the main characters, or plans a bad ending. That isn't how ASOIAF is written and it never has been. Yes, there's grim and 'realistic' stuff in it, but it's always a consequence of a poor decision. The Red Wedding and Ned's execution didn't happen because he's a novelist Joss Whedon who thought 'lol let's make the readers suffer', they were necessary plot devices that came from character choices. He mentioned that in a Storm of Swords he wrote the Red Wedding last even though it happens mid-book, because he couldn't bear to write it, as it felt like killing off some of his own family.
That's why I believe this delay on the books it has nothing to do with Martin losing enthusiasm for his work or because he hasn't written or finished. I think he's expecting the hype for the show to fade away so these show fans will also move away to something else and book readers can enjoy in peace. Because, I'm sure that as soon as the books are released, we'll have articles like "ten things Game of Thrones predicted about the books" or "five plots that were better than Martin's books".
I dunno how involved you guys are in the ASOIAF fandom, but I was until some time ago. Martin is quite a troll. After the show first introduced Euron and show fans were salivating over him, he released a chapter with Euron that painted him as the real motherfucker he is, wearing a crown that put the show stupid flower crown to shame (I'd bet my head on Martin changing that part just after the episode). ASOIAF fans were having a day laughing at show-Euron and this caused a lot of GoT fans be salty (npi). These people are going to move on to the next shinny thing, so Martin doesn't even need to compete with the show. he probably just want to have the spotlight on himself and his fans to move on from this trainwreck of an adaptation. It's not like they even care about spoilers. I've read certain characters will die in the show and I'm sure they will also die in books. Is this a spoiler? Maybe, but I definitely don't mind. I want to know the "why".