Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains and Modern Monsters: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray on 21st Century Television by Lynnette Porter, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains and Modern Monsters: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray on 21st Century Television

Tarnished Heroes, Charming Villains and Modern Monsters: Science Fiction in Shades of Gray on 21st Century Television

by Lynnette Porter
     
 

The heroes, villains, and monsters portrayed in such popular science fiction television series as Heroes, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Doctor Who, and Torchwood, as well as Joss Whedon's many series, illustrate a shift from traditional, clearly defined characterizations toward much murkier definitions. Traditional heroes give way to "gray" heroes who must

Overview

The heroes, villains, and monsters portrayed in such popular science fiction television series as Heroes, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Doctor Who, and Torchwood, as well as Joss Whedon's many series, illustrate a shift from traditional, clearly defined characterizations toward much murkier definitions. Traditional heroes give way to "gray" heroes who must become more like the villains or monsters they face if they are going to successfully save society. This book examines the ambiguous heroes and villains, focusing on these characters' different perspectives on morality and their roles within society. Appendixes include production details for each series, descriptions and summaries of pivotal episodes, and a list of selected texts for classroom use.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
an insightful study
Comfychairzine.com
in-depth study...approach...promises wide appeal...extensive appendix material...extensive chapter notes
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"section two...is where the real meat of the book resides...carefully researched...this section is a must-read"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786448586
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/23/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Lynnette Porter teaches in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has written several books about television and film.

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