Often old legends are used as a literary device, background or inspiration in a number of creative mediums. Recent examples can be found in shows like The Flash, Xena and American Gods.
The sources for theses tales often derive from mythologies, religious texts and fairy tales. The most popular topics from these sources in western film and television are: Greek/Roman mythology; the Bible and Grimm’s Brothers tales.
The motivations for the popular use of these topics can range from the success and popularity of previous endeavours or simply from the creators love of that particular tale.
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