Winter is coming: Game of Thrones author shares his views on Donald Trump

Written by James Millar on 10 November 2016 in Culture
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George RR Martin among authors expressing fears but Margaret Atwood more optimistic

The creator of Game of Thrones has not spared Donald Trump in an angry blog post about the president elect.

George RR Martin wrote: "Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency." Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage.”

In a nod to the show's catchphrase he added: "Over the next four years, our problems are going to get much, much worse. Winter is coming. I told you so."

Martin is one of the highest profile authors to respond to the US election result.

British writer Philip Pullman, creator of the His Dark Materials trilogy of children's books set in a dystopian alternative reality, described Trump as a "savage". Trying to explain the result he added: "I think the reason is best expressed in poetry: ‘The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.’ The truth of Yeats’s lines has been brought home to us with a force we could never have imagined before 2016."

Jeremy Corbyn supporting poet Michael Rosen, who has a book about French writer Emile Zola due out in the new year, is unsurprisingly unimpressed with the US election result. He said: "What we don't know yet is whether Trump will do what he says he'll do. If he does, he will cause pain to millions of people through cuts, deportations and persecution. The history and culture of publishing is rooted in humanism: the social advancement of all. We must hope and fight for that, by writing, editing, publishing, talking and defending the trade, libraries, librarians, and what Emile Zola called the 'republic of letters'."

Other authors have expressed their feelings on Twitter. Bestseller Stephen King called it "the ugliest election in living memory" while Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh described it as "abominable".

JK Rowling, in New York for the latest Harry Potter movie, wrote: "We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don't let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line."

However, Booker prize winning Canadian Margaret Atwood had a more positive message. Depsite a number of Tweeters referencing her nightmarish sci fi story The Handmaid's Tale she tweeted: "Dear Americans: It will be all right in the long run. (How long? We will see.) You've been through worse, remember?"

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