I am guessing there are other discussions about the series out there, but I just had to start mine. The question that has been bothering me is: Why is such a disturbing book so good? Anyone who've read Martin's writings would say that his writing style is fenomenal. But he deals with pretty hectic issues, and his messages are too dark. When reading the books, I was horrified in multiple parts; I'm not talking only about the sex, there are scenes which are simply revolting to morality (if I may say that), for example: children being forced to use daggers to kill. As far as I understand books are made to give leisure to the reader, to make him experience things which make him excited, hopeful, interested; so why make him feel disturbed? As disturbed as I was, I was deeply engrossed as I read the books. And I know lots of people who loved them just as I did. So, how did Martin do it? I am really interested in any feedback.