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Apr. 16th, 2011 (UTC)

I'm glad you responded - this was one review that needed it. The demonstrably false assertion that women and girls don't or shouldn't enjoy "boy fiction" is no less infuriating for being old and tired - and the failure of imagination necessary to believe that a show like Game of Thrones can't address "real-world sociology" is pretty staggering. The Wire was about more than Baltimore; Big Love was about more than religion. We can (and did!) extrapolate at great length from the concrete events and characters of those shows to general themes worthy of deep discussion. Why anyone should think that this becomes impossible as soon as you throw a dragon into the mix is quite beyond me.

And then, not everything needs to be about grand themes. Excellent characters and a thrilling story are enough, and I wish more people would recognize that television (or literature, or other media) doesn't need to speak to some lofty subject matter to be worth watching. If it brings you joy and speaks to you, it's worth watching.

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