Originally Posted by afa
Personally, whenever I read about them I picture them as older. I've never thought of Dany as 14, for instance; in my head, she's more like 20. Sorry, but there is no way I can believe that a bunch of teenagers and pre-adolescents can be anywhere near as rational and put-together as portrayed by GRRM.
I must admit that this occurred to me a few times while reading the series (particularly in the Daenerys/Jon Snow chapters - Arya is much more child-like, albeit a very fierce
Nonetheless, Alexander the Great became king when he was 19. And 19 is not so far from 16 maturity-wise (if I can remember my misspent youth accurately). Life experiences matter more than raw age. And the g factor
stabilizes between 16-19 years (and they all have high g
Given that all the aforementioned characters experienced several life-changing events before adulthood, in a relatively short time-frame, it is fair to expect a hastening of general development.
And to be fair to GRRM, both Jon Snow and Daenerys have their teenage moments, when they make patently stupid/naive decisions that are emotion-driven.