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  • The Dumbing Down of American Fiction

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    The Dumbing Down of American Fiction The 1976 film "Network" is an acerbic satire of television's single-minded obsession with mass ratings.One of the film's main characters, Howard Beale, is called the "Mad Prophet of the Airways," and his weekly harangues produce a "ratings motherlode"--yet he constantly admonishes his viewers to "Turn the damn tube off!"During one such rant Beale berates his audience as functional illiterates: "Less than three percent of you even read books!" he shouts messianically--and

  • American and British Science Fiction in Television

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    science fiction series in television have been hugely popular in both the U.S. and the U.K. all throughout history. After the 1960s, ‘New Wave’ science fiction began to take over television screens. ‘New Wave’ refers to science fiction which was “characterized by a high degree of experimentation” (Wolfe). It was during this time when the U.S and the U.K started to telecast science fiction series which had a huge impact on society. Star Trek became the forefront of American science fiction series in

  • Supernatural in American Fiction

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    Supernatural in American Fiction The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. Therefore, it makes sense that if mortals cannot bear the darkness, they [should not] not go there. If man dislikes black night and yawning chasms, then should he not even consider them? Shouldn't man seek out the sunshine, instead? The remedy is very simple: Avoid the darkness and seek the light. But, no. Mankind would never submit to

  • The American Dream, Modernist Fiction

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    The American Dream, Modernist Fiction Ever since America has emerged as its own nation, the idea of The American Dream has constantly evolved with ever changing ideas. During the Modernist Era, America was going through a time of prosperity and new economic wealth. These factors helped shape the American Dream during this time period. Americans' actions at the time, along with the fictional pieces from this time period, reflect these American ideals. The American Dream during the Modernist Era was

  • Growing Up Asian American In Young Adult Fiction By Ymitri Mathison

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    Book Review: Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction by Ymitri Mathison. University Press of Mississippi, 2017. 248 pp. ISBN: 9781496815064. In Growing Up Asian American in Young Adult Fiction, just published this last fall, Ymitri Mathison presents a collection of ten essays by writers that discuss Asian American young adult(YA) novels addressing different Asian American subgroupings and how those novels address issues particular to each subgroup. In her introductory essay, Mathison

  • Stephen King: American Author of Contemporary Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

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    Stephen King: American Author of Contemporary Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Introduction Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense who was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books. Many of his books have been adapted into films, TV movies, and comic books. King has published 50 novels, five nonfiction books, and two hundred short stories. He has received many awards to recognize his

  • John B. Updike's Short Story "Trust Me"

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    Years later, he married his first wife who had dreaded flying. They were on an airplane and he promised her that if her f... ... middle of paper ... of his time, people believe that he only writes fiction, that’s where they’re wrong. Updike is actually a fiction and non-fiction writer; therefore, his stories could be related to his own life. That said, “Trust Me” is one of them. Works Cited Greiner, Donald J. "John Updike: The Literary Vermeer." Critique

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne Literary Biography

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    (Marks). Once returning to Salem he began a self-imposed apprenticeship. During this time, he in private published Fanshawe. Hawthorne wrote and published many short stories that failed to interest publishers. From 1853 to 1857, Hawthorne served as American consul in England. After four year...

  • Mix of Journalism and Fiction in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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    John Hollowell's, critical analysis of Truman Capote's novel In Cold Blood focuses on the way Capote used journalism and fiction to try and create a new form of writing (82-84). First, Capote involves his reader. "This immediacy, this spellbinding 'you-are-there' effect, comes less from the sensational facts (which are underplayed) than from the 'fictive' techniques Capote employs" (Hollowell 82). Capote takes historical facts and brings in scenes, dialogue, and point of view to help draw the

  • Margaret Atwood's Happy Endings: a Metafictional Story

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    Atwood uses humour and practical wisdom to critique both romantic fiction and contemporary society, and to make the point that it is not the end that is important, it is the journey that truly matters in both life and writing. Metafiction is fiction that deals, often playfully and self-referentially, with the writing of fiction or its conventions (website 1). Margaret Atwood is clearly mocking the conventions of romantic fiction throughout the entire story, beginning with the third line "if you