George RR Martin Sells Chance to Die in His Books for Charity

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George RR Martin Sells Chance to Die in His Books for Charity



Two fans have already snapped up the chance to have their fictitious selves murdered by Martin for a cool $20,000.

If you're good at something never do it for free, or so the saying goes. And boy, is George RR Martin good at murdering fictional characters.

Fans of novel series Song of Ice and Fire and its HBO TV adaptation Game of Thrones were made an offer by creator Martin this week to encourage them to donate to a fundraiser he's supporting. One of the top prizes? Having a character based on yourself be written into an upcoming Ice and Fire book and, in true Westeros fashion, being brutally murdered.

Martin extended the offer to the first male fan and first female fan who made a donation at the $20,000 "Martyr" level. And surprisingly - or not, depending on how you feel about being at the mercy of Martin's quill - both of the grisly prizes have now been sold. The description of the prize states that the winner "can choose your character's station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!"

The fundraising is supporting two organizations in Martin's home state of New Mexico, the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and The Food Depot of Santa Fe.

And if you're disappointed about not getting the chance to be a part of Game of Thrones history, all donors to the charity still get the chance to win a day with Martin himself. A donation of any amount enters the donor in a contest for them and a friend to be flown to Santa Fe, from anywhere in the world, where they will take a helicopter ride of the wolf sanctuary alongside Martin.

Other top prizes up for grabs - all claimed in the day since the fundraiser went live - included Martin's trademark hat for $7,500, tickets to the season five premiere of Game of Thrones, and a script of the first episode of the TV series signed by cast and crew. The fundraiser, currently at $259,759 of its $200,000 goal, is on the Prizeo website for the next 59 days. Click the link below to donate.

Source: <a href=http://www.prizeo.com/prizes/georgerrmartin/a-wolf-sanctuary-tour-and-helicopter-ride>Prizeo via <a href=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2650449/George-RR-Martin-makes-fundraising-appeal-Game-Of-Thrones-fans-character-kill-upcoming-novel.html>Daily Mail

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Queen Michael

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DAMN!

I so would have bought that death if I'd had the chance! My one chance at paradoxical immortality lost.
 

kajinking

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Being a character in Game of Thrones, quite possibly the only thing more dangerous than being an Imperial Guardsman

 

Jacco

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What absolute arrogance. GRR Martin never ceases to amaze me.

"You get to die in MY book if you donate to a cause IIIIIIIIII support because IIIII say so."

And people eat this shit up. Jesus almighty.
 

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Can't say I'm happy with where this is going. I wish GRR Martin had finished writing the books before all the hype and craze of the HBO series started taking over.
 

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Jacco said:
What absolute arrogance. GRR Martin never ceases to amaze me.

"You get to die in MY book if you donate to a cause IIIIIIIIII support because IIIII say so."

And people eat this shit up. Jesus almighty.
Oh lighten up. He's donating to charity, fans get to have the fun of dying in his book, everyone wins. What's the downside?
 

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That's...actually a pretty cool idea. Granted, I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones at all, but talk about a killer prize (no pun intended, honest). I think this is probably one of the most original and inspired donation prizes I've ever heard of.
 

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kajinking said:
Being a character in Game of Thrones, quite possibly the only thing more dangerous than being an Imperial Guardsman

I dunno man, what some of those Xenos do to the members of the Imperium (and others) are pretty gnarly. And that's not even mentioning what the forces of Chaos can do to those who are captured, transfigured, or have their souls brutally mangled in different ways.

Or, better yet, what the Imperium does to it's own members!

 

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So if several hundred people donate, he'll have to address each one by name and how they die... that'd be a book by itself.

The more you keep paying this guy, the more storylines continue to not be resolved.

But the joke's on us. He'll be dead before he even has to do it.
 

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Jacco said:
What absolute arrogance. GRR Martin never ceases to amaze me.

"You get to die in MY book if you donate to a cause IIIIIIIIII support because IIIII say so."

And people eat this shit up. Jesus almighty.
What is this I don't even. It would be arrogant if he had people pay HIM to do it, but he's doing the event for charity, and it wasn't even his idea to have people die in his book. It's opposite from arrogant.
 

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erttheking said:
Jacco said:
What absolute arrogance. GRR Martin never ceases to amaze me.

"You get to die in MY book if you donate to a cause IIIIIIIIII support because IIIII say so."

And people eat this shit up. Jesus almighty.
Oh lighten up. He's donating to charity, fans get to have the fun of dying in his book, everyone wins. What's the downside?
He is successful and using his success to HELP OTHER PEOPLE.

How do you not see this DISGUSTING LEVEL OF ARROGANCE.

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But while I hope these people are rich enough not to worry about responsible spending if they are throwing $20000 at a charity so they can be murdered in fiction, I really can't complain about anyone here.
 

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Super Not Cosmo said:
So let's say I win the drawing and get to spend a day with ol' George. Do you think it would be ok for me to insist that instead of lunch and a nice day out we instead spend the entire day inside while I browse the internet on my Galaxy tablet and he works on Winds of Winter breaking only sparingly for bologna sammiches and Mountain Dew.
Lol I love this idea. I'll donate to you if you spend a day ACTUALLY WRITING THE NEXT DAMN BOOK BEFORE YOU JORDAN OUT ON ME, OLD MAN!

(Note: I actually think Brandon Sanderson was the best thing to happen to that series.)
 

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Branindain said:
Super Not Cosmo said:
So let's say I win the drawing and get to spend a day with ol' George. Do you think it would be ok for me to insist that instead of lunch and a nice day out we instead spend the entire day inside while I browse the internet on my Galaxy tablet and he works on Winds of Winter breaking only sparingly for bologna sammiches and Mountain Dew.
Lol I love this idea. I'll donate to you if you spend a day ACTUALLY WRITING THE NEXT DAMN BOOK BEFORE YOU JORDAN OUT ON ME, OLD MAN!

(Note: I actually think Brandon Sanderson was the best thing to happen to that series.)
Brandon Sanderson is one of the best things to happen to fantasy period!
 

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Tiamat666 said:
Can't say I'm happy with where this is going. I wish GRR Martin had finished writing the books before all the hype and craze of the HBO series started taking over.
Even if he did he'd do the same shit and drag it out for another 10 books.
 

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Publicity stunt, nothing else.

Now I'm sure a certain kind of people is going to worship this as if it was the holy gospel, but...in the end, it's a marketing move.

Oh and from a completely different perspective, if any character based on myself happens to find its way anywhere, it better damn well be because I wrote them. I take my characters extremely seriously. Nobody kills them but me :(
 

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Martin is such a strange sort of celebrity. He's a nasally fat guy that looks more at home as a GM in table top than standing up at ComiCon and getting wild cheers and applause that dwarf the noise of beautiful and handsome charismatic actors that play his characters. And he's more visibly recognizable that Tolken or even J.K. Rowling. (though the last is certainly debatable). What strange man... AND I want that hat right off his head and vacuumed sealed so that none of the brow sweat is lost!O_O
 

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Vegosiux said:
Publicity stunt, nothing else.

Now I'm sure a certain kind of people is going to worship this as if it was the holy gospel, but...in the end, it's a marketing move.
Still, charity happens, and fans are having fun. There is no downside to this.

So..
Wooh! Hooray for publicity stunts! (^.^)/
 

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Roofstone said:
Vegosiux said:
Publicity stunt, nothing else.

Now I'm sure a certain kind of people is going to worship this as if it was the holy gospel, but...in the end, it's a marketing move.
Still, charity happens, and fans are having fun. There is no downside to this.

So..
Wooh! Hooray for publicity stunts! (^.^)/
Oh, I could go on at length about what I see as downsides, but for the matter at hand, that's neither here nor there.