"An artist has an obligation to tell the truth. [...] that the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves. We are the monsters. (And the heroes too). Each of us has within himself the capacity for great good, and great evil."
- George R. R. Martin , an American novelist and author of the international bestselling series of epic fantasy “Song of Ice and Fire,” that HBO adapted for its dramatic series Game of Thrones .
Quoted in the New York Times, "George R.R. Martin on ‘Game of Thrones’ and Sexual Violence " May 2, 2014 in which he answered email questions about why his books contain scenes of sexual brutality.
Photograph by Gage Skidmore, available on Wikimedia Commons 
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