Joffrey is afraid, but he wants to be brave, he wants to stay, he really is torn when he does this [leaves the battle]. As loathsome as he can be, at times, part of him is a young boy who wants to prove himself to be a hero, at least in his mind. He really does not want to be laughed at or ridiculed. When he says, desperately, ‘Does she have urgent business with me?’, to Lancel. You know…’give me a good reason for going’, is what he is saying.
—George R.R. Martin ( discussing Joffrey Baratheon)
George R.R. Martin on writing women
There's one thing that's interesting about your books. I noticed that you write women really well and really different. Where does that come from?
George R.R. Martin:
You know, I've always considered women to be people.
It’s a uniquely American prudishness. You can write the most detailed, vivid description of an ax entering a skull, and nobody will say a word in protest. But if you write a similarly detailed description of a penis entering a vagina, you get letters from people saying they’ll never read you again. What the hell? Penises entering vaginas bring a lot more joy into the world than axes entering skulls.
—Author George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire.) Interview published in May 2012 Rolling Stones Magazine. (via careymulligans