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Game of Thrones Author Explains Why There’s No Gay Sex in His Books

George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin at the Season 3 premiere of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, Calif. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

"Will that change? It might."

There is plenty of sex — gay and straight — in the Game of Thrones TV show. It is HBO after all. But fans are curious as to why George R.R. Martin hasn’t included any gay sex scenes in his Song of Ice and Fire series upon which Game of Thrones is based.

The author addressed the issue at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in the U.K. on Monday night, according to the Guardian. Martin’s books are written through the viewpoints of various characters. None of the viewpoint characters are gay, so Martin hasn’t shown any gay sex scenes from their points of view. “A television show doesn’t have those limitations,” he said. “Will that change? It might. I’ve had letters from fans that want me to present particularly an explicit male sex scene — most of those letters come from women.”

“I’m not going to do it just for the sake of doing it,” he continued, “If the plot lends itself to that if one of my viewpoint characters is in a situation then I’m not going to shy away from it, but you can’t just insert things because everyone wants to see them. It is not a democracy. If it was a democracy, then Joffrey [the sadistic boy king] would have died much earlier than he did.”

[The Guardian]

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