It’s every fan’s nightmare: You wait six years for a book, and then a couple weeks before it finally hits bookstores, the spoilers start popping up on fansites. As Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin wrote on his personal not-a-blog blog, “Amazon Germany screwed up big time and started shipping A Dance with Dragons before they were supposed to. I am told that about 180 copies got out before they were made aware of their mistake and shut down shipping.” Martin’s response to the situation would make Tywin Lannister proud: “If we find out who is responsible, we will mount his head on a spike.”
Because of the early shipping, spoilers for Dragons are popping up everywhere on the internet — especially in A Song of Ice and Fire forums. Elio M. Garcia, Jr., webmaster for Martin fansite Westeros.org (which also manages A Wiki of Ice and Fire) explains that, at first, the website was planning to keep Dragons spoilers in a separate forum. (The Westeros.org gang got an early look at Dragons when Martin personally sent the book to them for “continuity checking.”) But after Dragons‘ UK publisher, Voyager, issued a statement pleading for people to avoid spoilers, “We’ve now tried to move to being spoiler-free,” says Garcia. “But that sort of made us a target.”
While noting that most of the spoilers are inaccurate or garbled — “Most of the trolls have been misled by other trolls,” he jokes — Garcia notes that real genuine spoilers are out there…and predictably, they’re mostly coming from horrible teenagers with nothing better to do. “There’s an 18- or 19-year-old guy from Kentucky. There’s a teenager out in Australia that we’ve had problems with before, who occasionally sneaks in and causes trouble. It’s just guys having a laugh.”
Dragons publisher Random House had no comment on the early shipping, and indicated that there were no plans to bump up the book’s July 12 release date. So, if you’re a Dragons fan, you might want to avoid fan forums, Facebook…heck, maybe just don’t go on the internet or speak to anyone for the next 11 days.
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