Theorizing Stupid Media: De-Naturalizing Story Structures in the Cinematic, Televisual, and Videogames (Paperback)

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This book explores the stupid as it manifests in media--the cinema, television and streamed content, and videogames. The stupid is theorized not as a pejorative term but to address media that "fails" to conform to established narrative conventions, often surfacing at evolutionary moments. The Transformers franchise is often dismissed as being stupid because its stylistic vernacular privileges kinetic qualities over conventional narration. Similarly, the stupid is often present in genre fails like mother , or in instances of narrative dissonance--joyously in Adventure Time; more controversially in Gone Home-- where a story "feels off" It also manifests in "ludonarrative dissonance" when gameplay and narrative seemingly run counter to one another in videogames like Undertale and Bioshock. This book is addressed to those interested in media that is quirky, spectacle-driven, or generally hard to place--stupid


About the Author


Aaron Michael Kerner is a Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, USA. His previous publications include: Extreme Cinema (2016), Torture Porn in the Wake of 9/11 (2015), and Film and the Holocaust (2011). Julian Hoxter is an Associate Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, USA. His previous publications include: Off the Page: Screenwriting in the Era of Media Convergence (2017), Screenwriting (Behind the Silver Screen Series Book 8) (2014). He has published two screenwriting textbooks.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783030281786
ISBN-10: 3030281787
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: November 14th, 2020
Pages: 227
Language: English