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Writer's Blog: George R.R. Martin Discusses His Inspiration for Game of Thrones
ABC News interviewed George R.R. Martin, author of the Fire and Ice series, which was made into the HBO hit series Game of Thrones. Martin talks about growing up very poor in a housing project in New Jersey. He says that they were so poor they never went anywhere, but he had a great view over the water of Staten Island. At night he would see the lights and imagine a magical world. This became King's Landing, home of the Iron Throne.

Martin said he new a lot of little punks who were just like King Joffrey when he grew up. He was very shy in school and had a terrible time being bullied. When asked what character he would choose to be in the story he said Jon Snow because he is a classic hero. But his favorite character is Tyrion Lannister, who is played by Peter Dinklage on the show. Martin also revealed that he will appear in a cameo role sometime in the future, as his only cameo was left on the cutting room floor when casting changes were made to the pilot. Take a look:


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