helholden asked: That's ok! The plot is what made it so long. Alternating POVs was very crucial for the story, not filler. I.e. Establishing antagonism b/t Jaime & Sandor to reach the current point believably. Jaime, Briene, Ramsay have a past. They were hunting him when he captured Brienne, so he meant to finish what he started when he got out of prison. Yep, Tywin is involved. I considered a Tywin POV to explain what was about to happen to Sansa but that's when I settled on Arya telling us through Ramsay.
I hesitated on whether to just reply to your reblog or use this because I didn’t want the post to get any longer than it already was. It’s true, unless you reblog there’s not enough room for everything you want to say which is a shame. Unfortunately I can’t get rid of the ask in the other post.
I don’t write fanfic myself, but I feel like some people underestimate how much work you writers put into it, especially these 90+ chapter ones like yours. At first I can’t say I was enthused about the POV switches to the non-Sansan characters but now seeing how the plots been coming together I understand how long you’ve had these plots in mind, you’re very impressive! I definitely trust you on that, I tend to read through comments after the chapter and you’ve always seemed to know what you had in store for the next chapter though sometimes I think the POV character order changed some. I thought it was pretty obvious that Sansa’s hesitency towards sex was planned and had something to do with Joffrey, honestly I didn’t realize that was something that needed to be explained, at least to the reader. There were plenty of times where I didn’t want them to go all the way yet because it was too early! (It’s weird to go into a fic and think ‘no, don’t have sex yet!’ but it happens)
I figured that they had a past and that Brienne was one of the few victims that escaped him unscathed, but I completely forgot about Tywin and his potential involvement even though Sandor actually blamed him for the incident. I’ll need to read over those parts again, but I don’t know whether to start with Jaime getting arrested or Ramsay kidnapping Arya. I just assumed that Petyr was involved with both kidnappings b/c who else would know about Sansa? But well it’s Tywin, he’s not going to do nothing as his son is sent off to jail. Bringing in Arya’s POV is a smart move and fit the story better since she was already a more or less important character, Tywin would have just been a strange suddenly-inserted info dump, so I think you made the right move on that. I’m just glad that Theon wasn’t getting tortured again lol. I think you said that he and Robb were going to show up again? And what about having the audience suggesting scenes for you to write in? Is that planned to happen or was it just a silly diversion for us lol?
I’m glad you changed Petyr’s profession, I suppose a loan shark isn’t too bad but it sounds quite silly. If a Lannister always pays his debts, is a Baelish the one who collects? That would have been an interesting partnership now that I think about it lol. I feel like now I have to go through and read through the whole thing again, now putting more weight on the other POVs. Everything makes sense now how you’ve chosen to have the plot unraveled, and I feel like I didn’t give the other characters the interest they deserved, b/c you know, Sansan. I’m really glad about the Dany reveal b/c that was the only part that didn’t sit well with me, and maybe how Theon is connected to the Starks as well, now that I think about it. Now with the Martells mostly out (except Sarella…?) will any Greyjoys come up? Maybe they can be the loan sharks now lol.
Yeah, this way was better or the original post would get too long. You can’t cut out the asks for some reason.
Thank you! Yeah, writing fiction takes work, but more so if you have a very intricate plot (and there are so many threads in HLTS). I think there were quite a few people coming in for just the SanSan who weren’t too enthused on having multiple POVs, especially that weren’t Sandor or Sansa. They said they skimmed those chapters. I think doing that compromises the story you’re reading, though, especially since it is all tied together. For instance, I may have preferred reading certain POVs over others in the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but I read everything because otherwise I would have missed plot, and HLTS isn’t just a shipper fic. The POV order did change from time to time against my original plans depending on timelines and such because chronological order was important to me, and sometimes I realized too late that this event happens after or before this event, so I had to play “back up a second,” lol.
I think people kept asking about Sansa’s hesitancy towards sex and her sexuality because they were impatient towards the wait and the slow-burn as the relationship was built. Sandor and Sansa remained non-sexual for quite a long time because them developing a bond and an understanding of one another had been my top priority. I wanted them to be friends first. In the beginning they were just hanging around one another and that was it. I literally remember people being like, “WHEN ARE THEY GETTING TOGETHER. WHEEEENN.” Lol, it was great, watching them grow like that.
Yep, Brienne escaped with some flayed skin, but not much. She was still in good shape when Jaime arrived, so Ramsay didn’t get much done. Sandor was right in blaming Tywin, and Arya was right in what she overheard about Tywin. Renly had it all wrong, saying it had nothing to do with him. We’ll just say Renly was siting pretty in denial! Around Jaime’s arrest, there were a lot of heavy hints that Tywin would react. None of the characters took it seriously, though. Around Arya’s kidnapping is when the real information was revealed. Petyr was involved with both. He was there after Arya was taken, and he was also there after Sansa was taken. Both of them heard his voice, but never saw his face. Yeah, I thought a Tywin POV would be a strange info dump. I just didn’t like the idea.
Yep, Theon and Robb will show up again. The suggestions for places they could go or events they could attend? I did do a few of those, lol! Definitely give the other characters’ POVs a read over if you can. I’m glad you liked the Daenerys reveal, too. HLTS is a very serious fic shrouded in a false cotton-candy coated crack covering. xD
As for Theon, I went with him being adopted into the Stark household as a baby because, originally, they couldn’t conceive until little Robb came along. It’s really hard to have a ward/hostage situation in the modern world (can we say illegal, hello child protective services), so adoption was the only modern alternative to me that made sense for him to be raised in their household. I didn’t want to go the foster home route; the Starks have too many natural kids to be doing that. Asha is in the background, working at the bar for Sandor. Her and Theon have no idea who they are to each other, though. Will they ever? Only time will tell, lol.
Ohhh, ahahaha, Euron Greyjoy strolling into town. I can see it now. HLTS: The Sequel! The krakens come to roost while the stags and the lions are battling it out. ;-)