Category: Popular Culture

Twilight and History (Wiley Pop Culture and History Series)

The first examine the background in the back of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight sequence, timed to liberate with the 3rd motion picture, Eclipse

The characters of the Twilight Saga hold a wealthy heritage that shapes their identities and activities over the process the sequence. Edward, for example, could appear like a seventeen-year-old youngster heartthrob, yet used to be truly born in 1901 and died throughout the Spanish Influenza of 1918. His followed sister, Alice, was once imprisoned in an insane asylum in 1920 and handled so badly there that even changing into a vampire used to be a welcome get away. This booklet is the 1st to discover the heritage in the back of the Twilight Saga's characters and their tales. You’ll find out about what lifestyles could have been like for Jasper Whitlock Hale, the accomplice vampire who fought throughout the Civil battle, Carlisle Cullen, the Puritan witch hunter-turned-vampire who participated within the witchcraft persecutions in Early glossy England, and the historical past of the Quileute tradition that formed Jacob and his humans —and a lot more.

  • Gives you the old backdrop for Twilight Saga characters and events
  • Adds an entire new measurement to the Twilight novels and movies
  • Offers clean insights on vampires, romance, and history

Twilight and History is a necessary spouse for each Twilight fan, even if you've got simply gotten into the sequence or have it because the beginning.

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Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews

By Fred Patten

Anime’s impression are available in each nook of yankee media, from movie and tv to video games and picture arts. And Fred Patten is basically dependable. He used to be analyzing manga and staring at anime prior to many of the present new release of fanatics used to be born. actually, it used to be his energetic participation in fan golf equipment and his prolific journal writing that helped create a marketplace and construct American anime fandom into the colourful group it's this day. Watching Anime, interpreting Manga gathers jointly a quarter-century of Patten’s lucid observations at the enterprise of anime, fandom, artists, eastern society and the main influential titles. Illustrated with unique fanzine covers and archival images. Foreword by means of Carl Macek (Robotech).

Fred Patten lives in Los Angeles.

"Watching Anime, examining Manga is a necessary addition for your library; it makes stable toilet shopping, cover-to-cover interpreting, and a helpful reference for writing or gaining knowledge of anime and manga, let alone a window into the heritage of fandom within the United States." -- SF Site


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Pop-Porn: Pornography in American Culture

By Ann C. Hall, Mardia J. Bishop

There is a brand new wave of pornographic leisure in modern American tradition. Liberated from X-rated bookstores and strip golf equipment, porn is all over the place, and Pop-Porn seeks to envision this phenomenon in a few of its such a lot notable manifestations. Written from a number of views and on numerous issues representing the frequent bring up of soft-core porn in our tradition, Pop-Porn deals a close and intricate method of the porn in the US. instead of concentrating on the present polarity of simple seasoned and con perspectives in this topic―a polarity that finally hinders discussion―these essays convey that pornographic content material is subtly and profoundly embedded in our cultural textile. This present scenario increases questions past what is correct and what is improper. It calls for that we study what those representations suggest within the first position and what results they've got upon the way in which we are living our lives.

The content material of this quantity isn't constrained to the standard porn websites and practices, equivalent to video, prostitution, intercourse revenues, magazines, and the net. The essays the following pass additional, studying porn in areas many wouldn't count on, comparable to in grooming practices of pubic hair and the self-promotional thoughts of Paris Hilton. The authors who do study the normal websites for porn achieve this in a distinct manner. eventually, those essays jointly show that americans are hooked on porn, yet are pressured to conceal it as type, hygiene, classification remark, or different kinds of leisure. members to Pop-Porn come from a wide selection of disciplines―including English, Women's reports, communique, Psychology, and Theatre―and their essays handle a variety of porn-infiltrated websites, from magazines to radio to movie to tv to model. whereas each one contributor could understand porn in a different way, all of them tackle its pervasiveness in America's present, conservative state.

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Ender's Game and Philosophy: The Logic Gate is Down

By Kevin S. Decker

A probability to humanity portending the top of our species lurks within the chilly recesses of house. Our merely wish is an eleven-year-old boy.

Celebrating the long-awaited unlock of the motion picture version of Orson Scott Card’s novel approximately hugely educated baby geniuses scuffling with a race of invading extraterrestrial beings, this selection of unique essays probes key philosophical questions raised within the narrative, together with the ethics of kid squaddies, politics on the net, and the morality of conflict and genocide.

  • Original essays dissect the varied philosophical questions raised in Card’s best-selling sci-fi vintage, winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards and which has been translated in 29 languages
  • Publication coincides with deliberate liberate of significant movie variation of Ender’s Game starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford
  • Treats a wealth of center modern concerns in morality and ethics, together with baby squaddies, the simplest form of schooling and the use and misuse of world communications for political purposes
  • A stand-out addition to the Blackwell Philosophy and dad tradition series

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Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture

By Annalee Newitz

In Pretend We’re Dead, Annalee Newitz argues that the slimy zombies and gore-soaked murderers who've stormed via American movie and literature during the last century embrace the violent contradictions of capitalism. Ravaged by way of overwork, alienated by way of company conformity, and mutilated through the unfettered lust for revenue, fictional monsters act out the issues with an economic climate that turns out designed to consume humans whole.

Newitz appears at representations of serial killers, mad medical professionals, the undead, cyborgs, and unfortunates mutated via their involvement with the mass media undefined. even if contemplating the serial killer who turns homicide right into a form of hard work by way of mass generating useless our bodies, or the hack writers and bloodthirsty actresses trapped inside of Hollywood’s profit-mad storytelling desktop, she unearths that every creature has its personal story to inform approximately how a freewheeling marketplace economic climate turns humans into monstrosities.

Newitz tracks the monsters spawned by means of capitalism via b videos, Hollywood blockbusters, pulp fiction, and American literary classics, taking a look at their manifestations in works reminiscent of Norman Mailer’s “true lifestyles novel” The Executioner’s Song; the fast tales of Isaac Asimov and H. P. Lovecraft; the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson and Marge Piercy; true-crime books in regards to the serial killers Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer; and flicks together with Modern Times (1936), Donovan’s Brain (1953), Night of the residing Dead (1968), RoboCop (1987), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001). Newitz exhibits that as literature and movie inform it, the tale of yankee capitalism because the past due 19th century is a story of body-mangling, soul-crushing horror.

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8-Bit Christmas

By Kevin Jakubowski

It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle desires for Christmas is a Nintendo leisure process. No Jose Canseco rookie card, no GI Joe hovercraft, no Teddy friggin’ Ruxpin—just Nintendo. but if a hyperactive Shih Tzu is unintentionally overwhelmed to loss of life by means of a forty-two- inch tv set and each mum or dad on the town blames Nintendo, it’s as much as Jake to take concerns into his personal arms. the result's a Christmas quest of Super Mario Bros. proportions, jam-packed with flaming wreaths, dashing minivans, misplaced retainers, pretend Santas, scorching academics, snotty sisters, “Super Bowl Shuffles” and one very bare Cabbage Patch child. advised from a nostalgic grownup point of view, 8-Bit Christmas is a hilarious and heartfelt glance again on the child popular culture of the Nineteen Eighties. strengthen compliment FOR 8-BIT CHRISTMAS: “Hysterically humorous and entire of center. It’s A Christmas Story for the Nintendo generation.” – New York Times bestselling writer James Frey

“No bull crud approximately it! The Nineteen Eighties are alive and rad during this fascinating, rollicking tale.” – South Park manufacturer and Out There writer Ryan Quincy

“Jakubowski captures the overdue ‘80s Nintendo craze with hilarious precision. You won’t have the ability to placed 8-Bit Christmas down.” – Marnie O. Mamminga, writer of Return to Wake Robin

“Absolutely fascinating. Like an previous domestic motion picture, it immediately brings you again to the magic of childhood.” – Academy Award-nominated director Steph eco-friendly

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The X-Files FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Global Conspiracy, Aliens, Lazarus Species, and Monsters of the Week (FAQ Series)

By John Kenneth Muir

The X-Files FAQ explores Chris Carter's well known Nineties science-fiction television sequence, which aired on Fox for 9 seasons and encouraged spin-offs, together with function movies, television indicates, toys, novels, and comedian books. The booklet explores the sequence by way of its old context and analyzes what percentage of the episodes take on the occasions in their time: the Clinton period. The X-Files FAQ additionally tallies the episodes which are according to actual tales, selects touchstone moments from the just about decade-long run, and organizes the sequence by way of its significant material from serial killers to extraterrestrial beings, from prehistoric menaces to ethnic and religious-based horrors. furthermore, the booklet recollects the television antecedents (Kolchak: The evening Stalker) and descendants (Fringe) of The X-Files, examines the 2 function motion pictures, and investigates Chris Carter's different creations, together with Millennium, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm, and The After. that includes a number of stills and the show's so much in demand writers and administrators, The X-Files FAQ permits readers to relive the "Mytharc" conspiracy and the unforgettable monsters of the week from the Fluke guy to the Peacocks.

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Our Superheroes, Ourselves

By Robin S. Rosenberg

Superhero lovers are all over the place, from the teeming halls of comedian Con to suburban motion picture theaters, from young ones captivated by way of their first comedian books to the die-hard creditors of classic memorabilia. Why are such a lot of humans desirous about superheroes?

In this considerate, attractive, and now and then eye-opening quantity, Robin Rosenberg--a author and famous authority at the psychology of superheroes--offers readers a wealth of perception into superheroes, drawing at the contributions of a most sensible crew of psychologists and different students. The e-book levels broadly and tackles many fascinating questions. How do comedian characters and tales replicate human nature? Do great powers on my own make a hero tremendous? Are superhero tales stable for us? so much individuals solution that ultimate query within the affirmative. Psychologist Robert J. Sternberg, for example, argues that all of us can examine much from superheroes-and what we will be able to study so much of all is the price of knowledge and a moral stance towards lifestyles. nevertheless, restorative justice pupil Mikhail Lyubansky decries the truth that justice within the comic-book international is nearly solely punitive, noting severe examples akin to "Rorschach" within the Watchmen and the aptly named "The Punisher, who include a strict eye-for-an-eye feel of justice, brought immediately and with no mercy.

In the top, the attraction of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and legions of others is straightforward and elemental. Superheroes offer drama, pleasure, suspense, and romance and their tales exhibit ethical dilemmas, villains we like to hate, and protagonists who motivate us. possibly as vital, their tales let us recapture classes of our early life whilst our imaginations have been cranked as much as the maximum--when we actually believed shall we fly, or knock down the undesirable man, or keep the town from disaster.

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Halo and Philosophy: Intellect Evolved (Popular Culture and Philosophy)

By Luke Cuddy

Because the Doom sequence, First individual Shooter (FPS) videogames have ricocheted in the course of the gaming neighborhood, frequently attaining open air that group to the broader public. whereas critics essentially lampoon FPSs for his or her aggressiveness and on-screen violence, avid gamers see whatever else. Halo is likely one of the maximum, so much winning FPSs ever to grace the realm of gaming. even though Halo is a FPS, it has a science-fiction storyline that attracts from past award-winning technological know-how fiction literature. It employs a online game mechanic that
limits the quantity of guns a participant can hold to 2, and a multiplayer point that has spawned web content like crimson vs. Blue and video games in the video game created by means of avid gamers themselves.

Halo’s special and striking positive aspects increase severe questions. Are campers quite doing something incorrect? Does Halo’s tune fit the event of the gamer? could Plato have used Halo to coach electorate to dwell a moral existence? what kind of man made Intelligence exists in Halo and the way is it used? Can the player’s event of warfare let us know whatever approximately genuine warfare? Is there aspiring to grasp Chief’s tough life? How does it impact the player’s ego if she identifies too strongly with an competitive personality like grasp leader? Is Halo rather technology fiction? Can Halo be used for enlightenment-oriented pondering within the Buddhist feel? Does Halo's weapon hassle truly give a contribution to the intensity of the gameplay? after we willingly play Halo basically to die repeatedly, are we carrying out a few kind of self-injurious habit? what's expansive gameplay and the way can or not it's proficient by means of the philosophy of Michel Foucault? In what approach does Halo’s post-apocalyptic paradigm strength players to determine themselves as brokers of divine deliverance? What can pink vs. Blue train us approximately own identity?

These questions are tackled by way of writers who're either Halo cognoscenti and energetic philosophers, with a foreword through well known Halo fiction writer Fred Van Lente and an afterword via prime video games pupil and artist Roger Ngim.

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The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

By Mike Madrid

The Supergirls is a protracted late tribute to the outstanding scuffling with ladies whose good looks and bravado brighten the pages of your favourite comics.”—STAN LEE

“A considerate, finished heritage of ladies in comics . . . The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, wonderful excess.” —NPR “Best 5 Books To proportion together with your neighbors” citation

“Sharp and lively—and simply obsessive adequate approximately ladies who put on capes and boots to be cool yet no longer creepy. [Madrid] sincerely loves these items. And he is adequate of a historian that allows you to hint the ways that the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing emotions approximately girls and sex.” —Entertainment Weekly

Has ask yourself lady hit the comedian ebook glass ceiling? Is that the only competition that even her Amazonian energy can’t defeat? interesting and informative, The Supergirls explores iconic superheroines and what it skill for the tradition once they do every thing the superhero does, merely in thongs and excessive heels.

This much-needed replacement heritage of yankee comedian ebook icons—from ask yourself lady to Supergirl and beyond—delves into the place those crime-fighting women slot in pop culture and why, and what their tales say concerning the function of ladies in society from their production to now, and into the future.

Mike Madrid is the writer of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: misplaced Heroines of Golden Age Comics (forthcoming from Exterminating Angel Press in October 2013) and The Supergirls: model, Feminism, fable, and the historical past of comedian e-book Heroines, an NPR “Best e-book To percentage together with your buddies” and American Library organization Amelia Bloomer undertaking outstanding publication. Madrid, a San Francisco local and lifetime fan of comedian books and pop culture, additionally seems within the documentary Wonder ladies! The Untold tale of yank Superheroines.

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