Confrontational content, gendered gazes and the ethics of adaptation in Outlander and Game of Thrones
The television adaptations Outlander (2014- ) and Game of Thrones (2011- ) are often compared because of their journey from sprawling novels to their current incarnations as popular additions to their premium cable networks (Starz and HBO, respectively). Additionally, while there are key differences in their settings, plot and characters, both series share similar features such as fantasy elements, depictions of war and brutality, and numerous scenes of graphic sexual content. In addition to these similarities, in May 2015, both series screened episodes in which a central character was brutally raped, provoking much controversy.
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