You might not know it, but the Clash of the Geeks is taking place, even as I type.
Apparently, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, like the rest of the blogosphere, said some unkind things about the series finale of Lost, Damon Lindelof's beloved mindfuck of a television series. Lindelof cannot let that stand. Let the flames begin.
In a recent piece in The New Yorker, Martin spoke of his fondness for Lost as well as his disappointment with the series' end, saying, "We watched it every week trying to figure it out, and as it got deeper and deeper I kept saying, 'They better have something good in mind for the end. This better pay off here.' And then I felt so cheated when we got to the conclusion."
Hey, everybody is entitled to an opinion, right? But, then, Martin went on to talk about his fears concerning the end of his fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice, saying, "I want to give [the readers] something terrific. What if I fuck it up at the end? What if I do a Lost? Then they'll come after me with pitchforks and torches." It seems this comment set off a Lindelof Twitter tantrum, leading to a series of defensive tweets about the Martin.
First up was, "George RR Martin is terrified of 'pulling a LOST' by ending Game of Thrones shittily. In related news, my therapist just hit the jackpot." After receiving several complimentary tweets from followers, Lindelof replied, "Thank you tweeps. In five minutes you have made me feel better. But George? You got yourself a feud, motherfucker."
Next came, "Winter IS coming, bitch" (a nod to Martin's Game of Thrones). Lindelof then took a couple of rather childish shots, saying, "Not to mention, he agreed to say nice things if I sent him Mr. Friendly's beard, which i did" and "I've just been informed George is working on his feud response. I'll have it in FIVE YEARS! Two final thoughts, George. A. They weren't dead the whole time. B. 1997 called. It wants its web design back … I stand by the ending of the show and defend it accordingly. Until I am worthy of the New Yorker, this is the platform I’ve got."
Lindelof then calmed somewhat and tried to clarify his outrage, saying, "I don't take issue with his opinion, I take issue with the fact that he coined 'Pulling a LOST' as empirically 'fucking up the ending.'" Personally, I think it's a fine coinage. But that's just me.
The funny thing about this is, Martin isn't on Twitter, so there's a good chance he doesn't even know there's a battle in progress — though, thanks to Lindelof's ranting, I'm sure he knows it now. I understand Lindelof’s feelings; he's protective of his baby and his reputation, plus he's a fan of Martin's work. So, I'm sure the comments hurt. But, if he'd kept his thoughts to himself rather than running to the virtual town square that is Twitter and proclaiming his frustration in juvenile passive-aggressive 140-character bursts that the self-important favor these days, this whole embarrassing affair could've been avoided.
Rather than get personally involved, I believe Lindelof should've just let this feud play out in the classic, time-honored fashion we all know and love: The rabid fans of Lindelof and Martin should exchange countless nasty flames on message boards and forums until their moms make them go to bed.
So, FGT readers, you're fans of the fantasy genre. What's your opinion on the Clash of the Geeks? Flame on!
I think this is hilarious. It is true that Martin sure does take his time with his sequels! That said - I think his attention to creating a fitting ending to such an epic story is a very good thing. He's right that the ending of Lost totally blew.
Dude, "Winter is Coming, Bitch" is great! Why didn't the ending of Lost have great writing like THAT?
"Another great thing about being 70,000 light years away from the nearest Starfleet vessel is that once we finally get back to Earth, we can makeup bullshit stories. Off the top of my head: 'We met Amelia Earhart,' 'We singlehandedly eliminated most of the Borg fleet' or 'Paris and I turned into giant pink lizards and mated.'"
I watched about two episodes of Lost, and at the sight of the CGI polar bear, I pretty much gave up on network television series'.
Lost is actually a *great* show - with a lousy ending. I don't regret watching it a bit. It's more of one of those "it's about the journey and not the end" sort of things.
If it had an actual rewarding ending, then it would have been far more epic.
The last series I can think of that had a truly worthy ending was the wrap-up to the great war in Babylon 5. Most other series treat their ending as a bunch of tacked on crap they throw together at the last moment. BB5 actually had it planned from far back, and it showed.
I never watched Lost, but I figured I'd watch it on DVD at some point. However, the reports of the crappy ending have caused me to steer clear, since I've so recently been burned by the Battlestar Galactica ending.