Thursday, March 14, 2013

School of Thrones: Game of Thrones Goes to High School

Mash ups can be a wonderful thing, as can taking a story in one setting and translating it into another setting. Take the film CLUELESS as an example. It transferred Jane Austen's wonderful tale EMMA and placed it in a modern Beverly Hills high school. The result was a genuinely entertaining film that captured much of what made Austen's tale so endearing, while managing to add a little of its own flair.

On March 10th, a brave band of Web Series creators released the first episode of a similar venture. This time they took George R.R. Martin's popular fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire, the basis for the HBO series Game of Thrones, and like CLUELESS placed the tale in a modern high school.

There are parts of the translation that work well. There are parts of the production that are remarkable -- the title sequence is pretty neat. Then there are the wigs. What is up with the wigs? Then there is the acting...

I'm on the fence on this one. This could be very good. It could be very bad. And if it's only mediocre -- which it is looking like it might be -- it will be worse than if it were very bad.

Worst comes to worst, I can always break out my copy of the Green Ronin RPG and run a couple of the HBO series.

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