Daily Mail- Plenty of college students spend numerous hours binge-watching Game of Thrones, but now the University of Virginia is offering the opportunity to get credit for it. Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor of English, is leading a four-week discussion-based seminar that focuses on both the wildly popular HBO fantasy series and George R.R. Martin’s novels, according to the University’s website. The course covers a wide array of topics, including life in the aftermath of violence, the value of honor, race, gender roles, identity formation and fan fiction. It’s no surprise that the summer seminar is a hit with students, who praise the sprawling series for its complexity. ‘It’s so literary – how in-depth it is, how robust it is, how much there is to discuss about it, but we’re also very concerned about the pop culture aspects, how we as viewers receive Game of Thrones,’ explained fourth-year English major Madlyn McAuliffe.
This is a good idea. Not a great idea, but a good idea. The thing that would make it great would be offering a course that applies to the TV show as opposed to what the books are about. Who reads anymore? I sure as hell don’t. Too much work and time goes into. Not to mention the people who actually read the books are such nerds anyway that they don’t need a class. Only an intellectual person would sit down and read 50,000 pages and not kill themselves after. They’re smart enough to figure out all of the aspects of gender, honor and race. It’s us half wits who need things to be explained to them. That’s why we watch TV. We need things spoon fed to us. We need our hands held like a small child. But even GOT is a different animal. Simply watching it isn’t enough to really understand it. It’s such a sprawling universe with so many characters I literally don’t know what’s going on. You could ask me a simple plot question about GOT and there’s a 99% I’d get it wrong. All I know is I like dragons, badass fight scenes, gore, sex and Margaery Tyrell. Everything else (ya know, the actual story) is just noise that I don’t understand. Offer a course that meets every Tuesday after an episode of GOT airs where we review what happened in the episode and how it effects the overall big picture, I’ll sign up every time. A class about books? Yuck. Next.