I have noticed a few striking parallels between China's history and George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy, "A Song of Ice and Fire" series:
- The Ice Wall resembles the Great Wall of China. Both are meant to keep out the "outsiders"
- The Chinese tended to view themselves as the center of the world, and view the others as uncivilized and barbarians. In the same way the people from the Seven Kingdoms in the series view everything outside the Wall as "the Others".
- Seven Kingdoms fighting among one another for the Iron Throne, this closely resembles the Seven Kingdom in China during Spring and Autumn period.
- Dragonstone. In the series, "We learn that the Targaryens once ruled all of Westeros until a rebellion, punctuated by a few hideous slaughters, chased them to a small, craggy isle off the coast called Dragonstone" This description reminds me of Kuomingtang's retreat to Taiwan in 1949.
My question is, to what extent A Song of Ice and Fire was (and is) inspired by Chinese History?