While there are many reasons to admire Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, this one strikes a particular chord with romance novel readers. In a Reuters piece on how he likes to make his characters suffer, Martin says,
“I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimately, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.”
Game of Thrones returns for Season 3 in March, 2013.