Since the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, fantasy has made not necessarily a comeback, but has certainly surged. The past ten years have shown that technological advances in special effects and production in general allows for set pieces that fill the sprawling continents we’ve come to imagine in the novels we’ve read.
One could really point to 2001 as the end of the war film era. After the release of the Band of Brothers miniseries, along with Black Hawk Down, the tentpole blockbuster war film dropped off in popularity — most likely due to America’s extended wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who wants to watch a war film when there are actual wars going on?
But we love a good battle scene, and fantasy has filled that role completely. Allowing amazingly shot set-pieces, we’re transported to a completely different world. Lines between good and evil are fairly well drawn, or, at least in the case of Game of Thrones, you can safely pick your favorite House. (And by favorite House, I mean that you’re a Targaryen and all others will die in a fire.)
Another part of it can simply be that fantasy appeals to a more diverse range of people. In the age of Twitter, those trending topics show that whenever Game of Thrones is on, there’s going to be a whole lot of people talking about Tyrion and Dany and Hodor. (Hodor!)
No matter the reason, it’s clear that fantasy is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
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