HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are always getting compared to each other but author George R.R. Martin says there is no rivalry between the two shows.
George R.R. Martin Doesn’t Believe There is Rivalry Between House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power
Fans of both shows cannot help but compare the two shows as they are airing at the same time. They are both works of fantasy and two of the biggest shows out. But Martin believes there is no rivalry and it is something “which mostly exists in the media.”
“Nothing would please him more than to see both shows succeed,” Martin writes on his blog. ” Me too. I am a fantasy fan, and I want more fantasy on television, and nothing would accomplish that more than a couple of big hits. THE WITCHER, SHADOW & BONE, WHEEL OF TIME… and THE SANDMAN, a glorious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking comic series… those are a good start, but I want more. I want Tad Williams, I want Joe Abercrombie, I want Patrick Rothfuss, I want a good adaptation of Le Guin’s Earthsea books, I want Alan Garner, I want Robin Hobb… oh, the list is long, I could go on and on… and would if I did not have a zillion other things to do. Most of all, I want Roger Zelazny’s NINE PRINCES IN AMBER. I will never understand why Corwin and his siblings are not starring in their own show. And hey, if epic fantasy continues to do well, maybe we will finally get that. A boy can dream.”
Martin Wants Epic Fantasy Books Get Their Own Shows
Martin wants epic fantasy books to be turned into bit hits and I agree with him there. There are a lot of amazing fantasy books that will make amazing shows. With the right studio, screenwriters, and producers, those fantasy books can easily be adopted to big shows and the more there are, the better.
It is impossible not to compare the two shows but that isn’t a bad thing. Both shows excel in different things and fans of each show want their favorite show to win the battle between the two. No matter what happens, Martin is happy that his fellow fantasy writers are seeing their show being made into big hits.