A Storm of Swords


On October 6, 2009, Martin noted on his blog that his manuscript for A Storm of Swords had been 1521 pages in length;[7] the initial printed hardcover came in at 992 pages.[8] Martin did not write the Red Wedding chapters until he had completed every other chapter of the book, as he felt it was "the hardest thing I ever wrote" and that he would rather delay writing until absolutely necessary. In contrast, he referred to the chapter of Joffrey's fatal wedding as "easy and fun to write" but that he nevertheless tried to instill empathy for the painful demise of this very unpopular character and "bring home the point that this, too, was a human being who was scared and terrified and then dead".[9][10]

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