George R.R. Martin nearly turned down a Thrones TV series? Why?

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Dec 17, 2012

HBO's Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest hits on television, with an eagerly anticipated third season currently in the works. But if series mastermind George R.R. Martin had gotten his way a few years ago, the world of Westeros would still be trapped in the pages of his A Song of Ice and Fire novels. So why did Martin nearly pull the plug?

According to the New York Post, as reported by Airlock Alpha, Martin revealed in a upcoming companion book that he tried to back out of the television adaptation in the eleventh hour.

The reason? He was afraid the series would fail, and that it would destroy the name recognition of his long-running series.

Martin reportedly told producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff that "Hollywood Boulevard is lined with the skulls and bleached bones" of adaptations that bombed; and that failure on the small screen could "cause fans to question their dedication to the series."

Lucky for us, Game of Thrones proved the exception to the rule. The critically beloved series is pulling in killer numbers, while scoring a big pile of Emmys to boot.

To be honest, Martin kind of has a point. Most books typically only get one shot at the small (and big) screen, and if it goes badly, the series can be labeled tainted goods.

What do you think of Martin's concerns? Would you have given up on the books if the TV series had been terrible?

(Via Airlock Alpha)