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The Victorian Gothic and the Economy
The Victorian Gothic genre is known for its haunting tales served with a side of rich prose, grand settings, dramatic characters, and a dash of ambiguity. I believe that it is no coincidence that the genre started gaining popularity during the Industrial Revolution – a time of excess and instability. The most unstable class at the time appeared to be the emerging bourgeoisie and the genre can be interpreted as the class’ self-analysis. Popular Gothic novels such as The Castle of Otranto, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula reflect aspects of the middle class’ interactions with their current economy and share themes of heavy loss and monstrous gains. Along with this, analyse some additional aspects and what that says about the genre and its contributors.
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Haruki Murakami's Manic Pixie Dream Girl
American writers aren’t the only ones guilty of this trope. Murakami has been known to include girls that change the male character’s life in suit of this trope. This is evident in books such as Norwegian Wood and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (remember how the protagonist idealized the girls in his life). Create an argument supporting Murakami’s use of this trope and/or analyze the role women play in the lives of male protagonists in his books.
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The "So Bad, It's Good" Movies
What makes a movie so bad that it’s good? Birdemic and Sharknado are just a couple of examples of movies celebrated for being so amazingly awful that they actually transcend bad movies. How does that happen? What’s the difference between a plain bad movie and a movie that is so bad, it’s good?
Loose Cannon: Sherlock Holmes
Discuss the various incarnations of Sherlock Holmes in television throughout the past century and draw comparisons to the different portrayals actors bring to the character. This can apply to actors from countries other than America or England such as the award-winning Vasily Borisovich Livanov.
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The Failings of Live Action Dr. Seuss Film Adaptations
Remember when the Cat in the Hat featured Paris Hilton? Do you recall the sexual innuendos in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? I don’t. However the live-action movies state otherwise. Despite pandering to an adult audience, these movies did poorly with both the critics and the audience. Are the gimmicks stated previously the only reason these movies failed? Could it be that Seuss books just can’t be turned into live-action movies? Or is there a deeper reason behind it?
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