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Genre Fiction and the Middlebrow

Literary fiction awards rarely go to works of science fiction and fantasy. We review a lot of genre fiction on Pop-Verse. Mainly science fiction and fantasy. These books might be lauded in their own fields but are, with some exception, ...

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Psycho-biddies and hag horror

Feud: Bette and Joan

What did you do this Christmas? I binge-watched Ryan Murphy’s (of American Horror Story and Scream Queens fame) latest anthology series, Feud. The first series features the infamous Hollywood feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, picking up on the narrative for the development of ...

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Are we living in the Golden Age of TV?

Breaking Bad

We are told this is the golden age of television. That we live in a bold new world where high-powered dramas pursue long-form stories with feature film-like production qualities. It is a rather tiresome platitude. Aside from an obvious vanity ...

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The simple issue of cultural appropriation…

A recent query on social media about a children’s Halloween costume and the ethics of dressing a child up like a character from another culture sparked a typically lengthy discussion of the various interpretations of the term “cultural appropriation”. In ...

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Female friendship on Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal often gets a bad rap. This female-led show was both applauded and derided for being feminist and anti-feminist at the same time. Which is it? Personally, I always fell into the positive camp. After all, feminism is about ...

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