The language surrounding adaptations from print texts to film reflects a valuing of print for its originary authority. Despite this privileging of print textuality, several recent fairytale films blend fairy-tale motifs and references to popular film and culture in something more akin to a “hypertextual” aesthetic. This article suggests that Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth [El laberinto del fauno] (2006) integrates motifs from multiple sources in a way that benefits from elements of both print textuality and hypertextuality, a combination that mediates fairy-tale content to ward explicitly sociopolitical critique.
Kotecki, Kristine. "Approximating the Hypertextual, Replicating the Metafictional: Textual and Sociopolitical Authority in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth." Marvels & Tales 24.2 (2010). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol24/iss2/3>.