(written spring 2013 for my fan culture and celebrity class. the somewhat much anticipated follow up to this powerpoint. thanks everyone for your feedback and support! I start out w/ a lot of background info because my professor doesn’t watch the show so be patient w/ my intro. Also the tie in to gossip and star trek was the required “what does any of this have to do with our class” section so, if it seems out of place it’s actually not. enjoy!)
excerpt: While many of the characters in Game of Thrones are meant to be thought provoking and divisive—the show spends a great deal of time developing each title character in such a way that it is hard to say who is truly good or truly evil—viewers of the show seem to be of a like mind when it comes to most of the male characters. Ned Stark was honorable to a fault, the young King Joffrey is petty and psychotic, and the Imp, Tyrion Lannister, is everybody’s favorite for his wit and crudity. On the other hand, within fandom discussion and critical reception, female characters prove to be the much harder to pin down. Everyone can agree that Joffrey is a monster or that Ned Stark was a decent man, but when it comes to Joffrey’s mother, Cersei, or Ned Stark’s daughters, Sansa and Arya, the fandom could not be more divided. And while the politics and characters of Westeros and the surrounding islands may be entirely fantastical, the critical and fan reception of the show in the real, modern world presents interesting insight into the current state of misogyny and ideology about gender roles in society and pop culture.