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Grey's Anatomy 101

Diagnostic Notes, Case Histories, and Profiles of Acute Hybridity in Grey's Anatomy

by Sarah Wendellon Grey's Anatomy

Subject presents with symptoms in discord: high ratings and position as top ten primetime show contrast with cult devotion and frequent online involvement by fans in show plotlines. “Coolness” factor rising through innovative episode topics, but popularity increase may cause decrease in same factor, and decrease total numbers of dedicated fanbase viewership of show. Possible diagnosis: hybrid blend of cult show with mainstream success, yielding unique position in television. Will continue to observe for further consult. Case history attached.

CASE HISTORY: THE PRECARIOUS HEALTH OF CULT TELEVISION SHOWS

In the days before DVD releases, digital video recorders, and the Internet, it was relatively easy to tell the difference between a mainstream hit TV show and a cult TV show. The mainstream show was the television program that a majority of viewers in a timeslot or an age group watched on a somewhat regular basis. It was, to borrow a phrase from … read more»

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The Unauthorized X-Men

X-ing the Rubicon

by Robert N. Skiron the X-Men

The X-Men series remains the single biggest publishing phenomenon in comics history. Its ongoing popularity, as well as its ability to succeed in every medium into which it is translated–from comics to animation to motion pictures to television to video games and beyond–stems largely from two sources: compelling characters lovingly … read more»

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The Girl Who Was on Fire

Reality Hunger

by Ned Vizzinion the Hunger Games trilogy

When I was nineteen, slightly older than Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (and worse at archery), I was invited to leave my home and journey to a faraway land to prepare for a new chapter in my life. The faraway land was not the Capitol but Minneapolis, Minnesota. The new chapter … read more»

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Triumph of The Walking Dead

The Pathos of The Walking Dead

by Kyle William Bishopon The Walking Dead

In his introduction to the first trade paperback collection of the comic book series American Vampire (2010), Stephen King laments the state of vampire mythology in contemporary popular culture:

Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night; lovelorn southern gentle-men; anorexic … read more»

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A Friday Night Lights Companion

Why We Love . . . Luke Cafferty

by Jen Chaneyon Friday Night Lights

Luke Cafferty was a farm boy, the kind of guy who looked like he could appear in a Chevy truck commercial or perhaps inspire a patriotic adult-contemporary song by John Cougar Mellencamp.

His jawline was firm. His jeans were dusty. His belt buckles were large and oval-shaped. And as a kid … read more»

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