Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 210: Toss a Coin to Your Fantasy Author - When Epic Fantasy Hits the Screen

February 21, 2020

Episode 210: Toss a Coin to Your Fantasy Author - When Epic Fantasy Hits the Screen

 

Thanks to the advent of streaming services such as Netflix, television has broken bounds into what was previously considered more niche markets. There's more variation on the default narrative; more diverse representation (although still not enough yet); and more and better quality genre shows. So in this 'golden age' of television, what happens when it's proven that there is an audience for long running fantasy and science fiction? Not just outlier shows, but a hungry audience that will try everything within that genre. At present, huge numbers of fantasy stories are being optioned for possible future production. This week, Jules and Madeleine take a look at heavy hitter Game of Thrones and compare it to immensely popular newcomer, The Witcher. What did the shows get right? Where could future epic fantasy improve? And what would we like to see made next?

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic