Sunday, 29 June 2014

Why Barbarians Won’t Go Away

Myths are fluid, they change and grow and are adapted to suit contemporary tastes. Only the archetypes are consistent. While we place many of our modern myths in medieval settings, the issues raised in them reflect modern concerns. So does Game of Thrones owe its success to escapism or to the fact that audiences relate to the dynastic power struggles and political deceptions of Westeros? I suspect it’s a bit of both.
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Published June 29, 2014

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