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    Detective Fiction

    Who are some fictional detectives from literature, television, or cinema who don’t get enough attention and adaptations? Why do they deserve more recognition? This obviously excludes Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade.

    • A fine idea. To actually have a topic to write about you (or whoever wants to take the topic) would need to identify a couple underrated detectives and then identify the reasons they should get more attention. Perhaps it can be a compare & contrast setup; what does this detective have that Sherlock doesn't? What advantages does he/she have over Sherlock that warrant more recognition? – noahspud 6 years ago
    • I would recommend including your criteria of what a detective is so that readers know what types of characters you will be including. – Sean Gadus 6 years ago
    • You should look into Walter Mosley's character Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins. He's definitely a character that doesn't get as much spotlight as he should. Mosley is a popular detective fiction writer and Rawlins is the main protagonist in plenty of his novels. You might want to consider Will Graham from Thomas Harris's Hannibal lecter series. – AbeRamirez 6 years ago
    • Interestingly I don't actually know who Sam Spade is, so I would actually suggest that you could look at this topic and examine why some representations of characters is perpetually reinforced while others fade away in this genre. And that even when some take an iconic role for granted, this may not perhaps been understood or known by others. – SaraiMW 6 years ago
    • Being the first one, Dupin is the most ignored. – T. Palomino 2 years ago

    Japan through the lens of anime

    Anime is mainstream, there is no question about that. Yet, why is there such a lack of intensity of discussion about Japanese movies that aren’t animated, with the exception of Akira Kurosawa’s films, especially Seven Samurai and Rashomon? Any thoughts on what is causing this? Feel free to add any information on Japanese cinema and animations’ reception internationally as well.

    • I'd remove the commentary, it removes some of the professionalism from your topic. Maybe phrase it more as why are more mainstream works the only ones we as American's value instead of here are these things, they're good but not good enough. Maybe move focus to why are these pieces mainstream, why have they gained this popularity, as opposed to these are popular do you agree. – alexpaulsen 6 years ago
    • Based off what I've seen at the youtube channel censoredgaming the only reason western audience really follow anime now is due to the fact that it was easy to turn a profit off them. In the early nineties when networks had the Saturday morning cartoon blocks many channels would fill them with censored and poorly translated animes because they could pay the (at the time) rookie voice actors very little. So all they really had to do was pay for the licensing fees. This lead to a boom in the popularity of anime (which before that was more a subculture thing). I would say that is the main reason for the people not watching Japanese film. – Blackcat130 6 years ago
    • I think another important aspect to add onto Blackcat130's critique) is whether or not this helped influence Japan being more recognized for its animated media? For instance, despite Japanese films being unpopular, you could look at Studio Ghibli and how internatinally renowed and respected the company is. – Mela 6 years ago
    • I actually have an issue with designating anime as "mainstream." Certainly, some titles have wide reception (Pokemon, DBZ, Attack on Titan, etc.) but these (arguably) successful examples don't mean that the anime medium as a whole has become "mainstream." Anime is as much of a niche market today as it was during the boom in the 1990s. While it does enjoy increased consumption throughout the world and more appreciation even back at home in Japan, there is still a slight stigma towards those who enjoy anime, due to many reasons (pedophilia, violence, and occultism for example). So yes, anime may have a slightly more positive reception and appreciation among a wide audience but the designation of "mainstream" implies mass public approval, which the medium surely has not obtained. – Ma-kun 6 years ago
    • Generally, foreign culture (and language) outside USA's Hollywood is something that doesn't matter and should be seen as exotic or odd. The real question is: Why is anime mainstream despite this cultural deafness? Or, is anime really mainstream in the USA or is it just an impression media gives to people? – T. Palomino 2 years ago

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    Latest Comments

    As a non-Canadian, it’s interesting to see a show like Degrassi, especially given its dark themes.

    The Degrassi Franchise on the Teenage Experience

    A good article. Especially in the US, Disney animation is very much synonymous with Western animated musicals. Another animated musical suggestion is Quest for Camelot.

    Five Animated Musicals That Are Not Disney

    I have to agree there, especially the part about spirituality, which I didn’t think about before. Also, not to nitpick, but I think that you’re probably referring to WWI, where he served in the army and fought on the Western Front in France. In WWII, he was a codebreaker. I think Jeff read between the lines and assumed, but just wanted to point it out.

    Tolkien's Art and Politics: Is Middle-earth Real?

    That’s what I thought, too. It isn’t glamorizing the ’70s or police work really.

    Mindhunter: A gritty insight into criminal psychology

    To be honest, while I’m impressed by some aspects of the show (like the close resemblance of the technology to modern technology) I agree with Mohr that the concept of positive liberty isn’t really a thing in the show. It’s not quite fascism/Stalinism vs nihilism in the real world.

    Psycho-Pass: Understanding Structural Violence

    It’s true that there are a lot of sci-fi dystopias, but dystopian literature can be in pretty much any genre. For example, 1984 (the quintessential dystopia) isn’t really science fiction. If you want an example, something like The Bartimaeus Trilogy could be a dystopia, because of the way that magicians have created a class system.

    What is the Purpose of Dystopian Literature?