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    Television Shows of the 21st Century: Is sex and violence all you need?

    What will grab your attention when a new television show is premiering? Is it the graphic violence, the sex, the plot twists? In this day and age, just about everything has been done on television shows to boost ratings and hold onto viewers. We are living in a post True Blood, Sons of Anarchy and a current Game of Thrones era. All of these popular shows were known for their outrageous plot lines, extreme violence and blood, and graphic sexual scenes. Is that all that is needed to be considered a ‘success’ in television? Do the extremes overshadow true cinematic genus when it comes to television shows?

    • Interesting choice of topic. It's worth noting that writing is extremely important in television - would GoT be as acclaimed as it is if its content was solely violence and sex? The sweeping, epic storyline, unpredictability in the plot, and of course the uniquely captivating characters enhance the show greatly, making it far more than an indulgence in sex and violence alone. This aspect is potentially very important, and worth thinking about when writing such an article. – IRBurnett 5 years ago
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    • A delicate subject definitely, but could shed some incredible light on modern entertainment, and why exactly we as a society are so attracted to these elements, even beyond surface value. This as well pulls on the idea of "shock value", and how much the creators of various modes of entertainment use that solely to up their following. – Sherlock 5 years ago
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    • I would even tie in Law & Order SVU in this. I've only watched a few episodes of True Blood and the majority of Game of Thrones, but I would tie in some shows that aren't just in the sci-fi and fantasy realm. – JoeVito 5 years ago
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    • You could also mention something about how the appeal of tv shows that explore the normal day-to-day has greatly decreased in correlation to the increased desire for extreme escapism in their entertainment. – SuziAtaei 5 years ago
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    I love how you touched base on how ‘We are Patrick Bateman’ because that is a post-modernism theme to a T. American Psycho brings in the revolution that the killer is one of ‘us’; a member of society going about their lives. Psycho ushers in a new era of thinking like the killer, almost routing for him. What a wonderful paper!

    American Psycho: A Post Modern Horror

    When I saw the movie and read the book, the first thing that came to my mind was political corruption. Yes, the book contains themes that have been overused in book media, such as a conflicting love triangle, but it takes a backseat to the corruption of political systems. Collins chose to express the upset of this country by providing a warning to a near future if we continue on this destructive path. Very insightful paper!

    The Political Message of The Hunger Games

    I love that you touched on the film’s reoccurring motifs of choice and chance. That is, after all, how all the characters interact with one another in the film. Moss happens to stumble upon a drug deal gone wrong and chance and choice takes over from there. I find your comparison of Jesus and Chigurh very interesting and insightful. It is difficult to compare the ‘Son of the World’ to his counterpart, but I love how you found similarities of what they stood for. Both campaigned that choice is a vital instrument that humans have. Jesus did so with grace and love, while Chigurh inflicted pain and horror.

    No Country for Old Men: Choice, Chance, and Being