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November 10, 2016 at 8:22 am
I completely agree with you and I thought you might be interested to know that there is a show coming out next week by MTV called Sweet/Vicious that focuses on two female antiheroes (at least it seems that way from the trailers) very much like Dexter but instead of killing killers, they physically assault sexual assaulters and rapists on campus
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March 10, 2015 at 9:27 am
Reading this, I felt the incredible urge to say thank you for this whole book. I’m a film studies student from Germany, and your work on Complex TV has been the backbone for my thesis, so I’ve spent hours and hours pouring over it. I also am and have been part of numerous fanfiction communities where it’s customary to leave comments which I will always be convinced is a great function of constructive critisism but also exchange generating closeness between author and readers. So: thank you.
February 25, 2015 at 2:36 pm
“, such as Bubbles overcoming drug addition on The Wire”
February 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm
Love this part 🙂
February 13, 2015 at 6:07 am
If narrative complexity is an “interplay between the demands of episodic and serial storytelling”, would you describe Hannibal as a modern hallmark of complexity because of how the procedural elements mirror the serial story arcs? And what about shows without episodic coherence like The Wire? Are they not complex or just complex in another sense?
December 16, 2014 at 9:40 am
There is a typo in the title, the name is Grissom.
November 20, 2014 at 5:14 am
Are you not forgetting soap operas here? They have had long-running alternating storylines for decades.
October 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm
This book is on my qualifying exam list as well. It’s interesting to read the book this way and in this context for a variety of reasons. First of all, I ordered physical copies of all my qualifying exam texts so that I could annotate them extensively. I feel less comfortable annotating electronically and I don’t think there’s a way to annotate this electronically. Secondly, I have kept an extensive list of pull quotes from all of my qualifying texts to help me when I start in on my dissertation. It’s nice to have some of those exact quotes (with page numbers) at hand as I start writing. They jog my memory, point me back to specific passages I want to revisit, and are easy to integrate while I write. It’s been hard to do that with this text because all of my notes just have paragraph numbers.
Also, when I write and undoubtedly cite this book, the published copy of this book will probably be available and I will have to update my pull quotes and go back to see how the arguments have shifted and adapted in its published version. This is sort of frustrating. But it’s also telling about our expectations of fixity in publishing which, as you so rightly note, are crazy expectations. Ideas and conversations are constantly in flux. I’m glad to have had access to this book before it was published as it has influenced my thought quite a bit and I will also be glad to see it in its revised version as I continue to think about the temporality of serial tv and serial publishing. Other things to consider, will you be updating some of your claims that were time sensitive? I’m thinking of your claim about the openness of Breaking Bad because it finale had yet to air in 2012. Also, many of your claims about DVD box viewing gain new relevance in an era of Netflix/Amazon/Hulu bingewatching. Will your published version reflect those changes or will it reflect the terrain at the time of your writing in 2012?
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