Re: Bards and GRRM in High School
In the ADWD thread, cape royd already posted about this topic. About half way down of page 7 of "ADWD - Discussion - WARNING: SPOILERS!" (Post count too low to post links).
"3. There is actually a whole volume in which a musician or singer doesn't get brutally tortured and murdered. There are only loving, wistful recollections of the scenes in which musicians or singers were brutally tortured or murdered--and the hint of another bard about to get flayed. I wonder whether GRRM once had a high-school sweetheart stolen by a guitar player or something, since ASOIAF is almost like Revenge of the Writer Against the Musicians."
Funny because somebody else saw the same pattern and came to the exact same conclusion! I promise I only just read that post today and didn't try to steal cape's idea. Cape mentions recollections and a bard about to get flayed, so I will try to pull those out while I work on my re-read of ADWD.