In our third and final unit of ‘Games of Thrones’, we are going to be thoroughly exploring the ways in which the seeming realities of the Premodern world have been re-imagined and appropriated by the creators of fantasy stories and fairy tales. Throughout this process we will be considering cinematic “texts” that were, in fact, based on literary originals. Hence, for this Blog post I want us to consider the subtleties and challenges of literary adaptation in a very specific context. Namely, for your response, I want you to trace a particular line of descent by comparing and contrasting two versions of fairy tales. As we have seen in class, the most famous and influential fairy tales ever written are likely the versions found in Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which was published by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812 (originally under the German title of Kinder und Hausmärchen, or ‘Children’s and Household Tales’). For most of us in this class, however, your sense of fairy tales is NOT driven by the Brothers Grimm but, instead, by the wildly popular movies produced by the Walt Disney Company. Fairy tales are SO incredibly popular, however, that they have also increasingly been (re)modernized in versions marketed for a more adult audience (as in Snow White and the Huntsman, Maleficent, or Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters). For this response, I want you to bring into conversation two selected fairy tales of your choosing, and preferably two different versions of the same story. To do so, you must choose a particular “text” from two of the three categories above (that is to say, a Grimm’s Tale, a Disney “Princess” movie, and/or a recent live-action “re-boot”). The Brothers Grimm were especially interested in religion, class, family, childhood, and power, but there are a number of themes (if not morals) that can be identified in their textual originals, and the same is true of the later movies (whether Disney or otherwise). In your response, then, you should offer a thematically-oriented comparison, in which you discuss the modes and meanings of cinematic adaptation(s). Hence, you might consider such questions as: What are these stories and versions about, and in what ways are they notably similar and different? What are some of the key tropes in your selected films/texts, and how do they differ from one another in terms of theme and technique? How do your chosen works project the Premodern world (both in “imaginary” and “realistic” ways)? Do these “texts” ultimately suggest different ideas and definitions of “fairy tales”? How/why so? Finally, what social and political ideas do your “texts” seem to project, and more to the point, what is the “moral” of each story (both for their own original time and audience and our own purposes in 2015)?