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A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

A Focus on Sexuality in Westeros

HBO has never shied away from sex in its programming.  Real Sex, Cathouse, and Sex and the City are just a few examples of how much HBO doesn’t hesitate to use sex as a plot device.  Plenty of other shows include sex, however, it isn’t the main topic.  Game of Thrones is one such program. Affairs, rape, prostitution, and casual sex appear quite frequently.  And that is only the heterosexual side of the coin!  Bisexuality and homosexuality also make appearances.  Let’s not forget about the twincest either! But why is it so important?  In the grand context of George R.R. Martin’s stories, sex is rarely the important piece of...

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

While Sunday’s episode name might be all about the men, the actual episode was teeming with women being in power.  In Meereen, Dany is showing the Masters and the Sons of the Harpy that she means business and revenge for the death of her esteemed friend (RIP Ser Barristan Selmy).  Back in Winterfell, Sansa is keeping calm and collected in the presence of people who murdered her family.  Even Ramsay’s girlfriend is being political and sizing up Sansa.  But our Lady of the North isn’t entirely alone, since “the North remembers” and Brienne is watching from afar.  Though they weren’t shown in the...

HBO Miniseries: The Casual Vacancy

HBO Miniseries: The Casual Vacancy

When J.K. Rowling came out with a new book post-Potter, many were not receptive to her story.  I mean, she is clearly destined to write in the Harry Potter universe for the rest of her life! So while many warned me about her new book, I jumped into the pages willingly.  And I’m so glad I did. The Casual Vacancy provides an idyllic setting for a seedy and complex story.  I wrote about my dream casting when I found out HBO and the BBC were teaming up to film.  Now that the finished product has been revealed, let’s discuss. The basic story revolves around the sudden death of a parish council member and the ensuing fight of candidates...

Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars

One sick love story.  The tagline for the Fault in Our Stars seems more apt for a zombie rom-com or horror movie about a patient who falls for their doctor and tries to kill them.  But instead, the interesting phrase describes the film that has taken hearts and tissue boxes by storm. Based on the outstanding YA novel by John Green, the Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of two teenagers dealing with cancer.  The elegance of this story is that we get a story about cancer where cancer isn’t the main character.  When someone gets sick, their illness becomes the defining aspect of their lives.  But we forget about who the person is...

Who’s Your Daddy, Jon Snow?

Who’s Your Daddy, Jon Snow?

Spoiler Alert: This article relies heavily on information in the books and speculates on the future of the series.  Tread lightly. I love conspiracy theories.  Roswell, Area 51, Bigfoot, the Lochness monster.  But there are theories I love even more than aliens… book theories.  I know, call me a nerd, but I love a good fan theory about book characters.   One recently that has grabbed my attention is the questionable parentage of Jon Snow.  Which has been flying around the internet like a pissed off dragon. The theory itself isn’t new, but it’s been gaining attention as the series becomes more and more popular.  So while...

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