This blog post is part one of a two-part series. (Find part two here.)
Did you know that originally Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill was supposed to be one four-hour movie? Later, he decided to make it a two-part deal, allowing him to give each part a very different feel and tone. It also happened to George RR Martin with the Storm of Swords book: it grew so big that he eventually had to split it in two volumes, so we don't have to read a 1,300-page book.