Sexplanation

Oops, wrong movie.

Every writer is familiar with the old adage, “Show don’t tell.”  For those of you less familiar, rather than talking about so-and-so not liking such-and-such, a writer should – or so the adage goes – write the scene that makes apparent why so-and-so ended up not liking such-and-such.  Of course, video excels in showing and not telling but, as in the case of Game of Thrones, distilling 700 pages of 7 point text down to 10 hours of video can be hurdle even if a picture is worth a 1000 words.  The writers (director?) of the video version of the Game of Thrones have come up with an interesting solution.  They recognized that making certain things clear in the miniseries was going to require some old-fashioned telling, but why not do all that telling in a brothel?  Rather than explanation, why not sexplanation?  It has meant that the actress that plays the local prostitute of Winterfell has far greater exposure (sorry, couldn’t help it) than her role in the book would have suggested but all in the name of carrying the story forward.  What I can’t help but wonder is whether the words in these scenes have the audience’s full attention.

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