During an open-panel discussion last Saturday at the popular thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and R.L. Stine (author of Goosebumps!) talked all things social media and well, they don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…
R.L. Stine, George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Lee Child at Thrillerfest | Image via Twitter
George R.R. Martin started off the discussion,
I don’t know, social media…some days I want to burn it all down…”
That seems like a fair enough statement considering the fact that, as I’m sure anyone with any sort of social media account already knows, the internet can be an insanely scary, cruel, and vindictive place. It seems like there are people out there who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to spew insults and hatred from behind the safety of their computer screens, seemingly forgetting (or choosing not to acknowledge, rather) that real people are at the receiving end. For example:
This doesn’t look like you’re writing a book, maybe finish that job and stop fucking about ? ?
— tom (@tm41132) July 14, 2018
Martin went on to ask
Has social media driven us mad, or were we always mad, we just did a better job at hiding it?
Now, as valid as this statement is, R.L. Stine chimed in to talk about how he’s experienced social media in an entirely different light:
I love Twitter, I’m on it all the time…I love connecting with my fans from the nineties
Now, if you take a look at Stine’s Twitter feed, it’s no surprise that this man loves to tweet…
You nearly brought me to tears. I’m sharing your article with everyone connected with the series.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 11, 2018
It’s interesting to how see two wildly famous household names have had such contrasting experiences on social media!
Martin rebutted Stine’s statement with:
It’s ugly…I don’t know what to think about it all…it ain’t the seventies.
Stine simply replied:
This silly disagreement was done with laughter as the two authors poked fun at each other because, as everyone knows, George R.R. Martin’s fans have a lot of animosity toward him due to their growing impatience while they wait for the yet-to-be-announced release of the final Game of Thrones novel, while R.L. Stine’s fans have loved him since childhood, and have had zero reason to be angry with him.
So, let’s maybe cut George R.R. Martin some slack because writing a novel of that caliber has to be extremely stressful and time-consuming and, at the end of the day, he’s just a human writing fictional stories of a fictional place and it isn’t worth attacking, threatening, or hurting his feelings because we’re excited to see how the story ends.
So, let’s keep lovin’ on R.L. Stine and showing him how grateful and nostalgic he makes us feel, while extending some of that love on over to George R.R. Martin because he deserves it, too. (Don’t we all?)
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 7, 2018
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