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Cut back to me in my room. "Everyone loves a good monster. We know that Orpheus travels to Hades, and that he meets Cerberus, so let's add ol' Fido to the mix, along with some Furies, and, of course, undead warriors.
Cut to hero meeting gods. V.O.: "An interaction with the gods is pivotal in a good G.L.A.M., whether the gods are shown, or implied through misgivings. Apollo is this hero's father, and Hades is the obvious choice for the villain, so..."
Cut back to me. "I know what you're wondering. How are we changing the plot? Well, as exemplified with movies like 300 and Immortals, this can be a very loosely-based storyline. I'm thinking Orpheus is contacted by his father to save the goddess Persephone from Hades, who sets up a bargain that she cannot leave if he looks at her, so he must battle the rest of the way while blindfolded."
Cut to Underworld scene. V.O.: "He plays his lyre as a means to hear if the undead soldiers are close. However in the battle he loses his blindfold and sees the goddess and is cursed to reside in Hades. We shouldn't feel afraid to kill off our Hero, since this happens in three of our aforementioned films. There's also probably a sex scene, but let's not worry about that."
Cut scenes from movies in panels. Now that we have our main genre conventions, let's discuss why these movies are made. Much like the revamp of recent Superman movies with similar undertones, we love our superhuman heroes. Greek heroes are another means of imagining a powerful figure, and the audience, which is mostly lit nerds, macho men, and women who love the actor, buy into it. We want to make what we learned in class more 'interesting.'"
Cut to me. V.O.: "We love the historical aspects, and the way filmmakers can use common tropes, like togas, armor, the gods, scenery, and lyre music to their advantage and be innovative with them. The genre of Greek legend influenced and inspired stories seems to be more immortal than the gods themselves."
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