TPCLP: Genre Fiction

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Key Terms

Bodice rippers (romance novels)
Tom Clancy
Dragonlance (fantasy)
William Gibson
Stephen King (horror)
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (see also: J.R.R. Tolkein)
C.S. Lewis (childrn’s fantasy/SF)
H.P. Lovecraft (horror)
Cthulu Mythos (horror)
The Narnia Chronicles
Neuromancer (SF) (See also: William Gibson)
The Harry Potter Series (children’s fantasy) (see also: J.K. Rowlings)
J.K. Rowlings
The novelization of Star Wars and Star Trek
Technothriller
J.R.R. Tolkein (fantasy)
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

TPCLP: Movies

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Resources & Links

Key Terms

The Godfather I & II
Alfred Hitchcock (Director)
Pulp Fiction
The Princess Bride (1987)
Resevoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino (Director)

TPCLP: Television

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Key Terms

24 (FOX)
American Idol (FOX)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (WB)
Comedy Central (basic cable channel)
Mark Burnett (Producer) — pioneer of reality TV programming
The Family Guy (WB)
Friends (NBC)
HBO (Pay Cable channel)
The Late Show with David Letterman (NBC/CBS)
Seinfeld (NBC)
The Simpsons (FOX)
The Sopranos (HBO)
The Soup Nazi
Star Trek
South Park (Comedy Central)
The X-Files (FOX)

TPCLP: Cartoons/Comic Strips

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Key Terms

Beatle Bailey (comic strip)
Berkeley Breathed — cartoonist (See also: Bloom County, Opus)
Bloom County (comic strip)
The Boondocks (comic strip/political)
Calvin and Hobbes (comic strip)
Dilbert (comic strip)
Doonesbury (comic strip/political) (See also: Gary Trudeau)
The Far Side (comic strip)
FoxTrot (comic strip)
Opus
Peanuts (comic strip)
Garry Trudeau (See also: Doonesbury)

TPCLP: Graphic Novels/Comics

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Key terms

The Avengers
Batman
R. Crumb
D.C. Comics
Daredevil
The Dark Knight Returns (See also: Batman, Frank Miller)
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (See also: Alan Moore)
Stan Lee (See also: Marvel Comics)
Marvel Comics
Maus by Art Spiegelman — Pulitizer-prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust
Frank Miller
Alan Moore
Spiderman
The Watchmen (See also: Alan Moore)
The X-Men

The First Five Pages

Int. Reagan Bedroom — White House

Mike Deaver
I got a call from John Tower…He wants to talk to you, Mr. President…

Reagan is still staring into the tv. It’s a cowboy movie.
Nancy
It’s okay, Mike. Go on.

Deaver turns to Nancy, lowers his voice
Deaver
(in a whisper)
They’re beginning to talk about impeachment.

She begins to tremble.
Nancy
They’ll never impeach him.
They won’t have the votes for it in the Senate.

To spare you the trouble, I’ll summarize the rest of the scene:
Deaver tells Reagan he needs an attorney. (The White House counsel apparantly had the term off).
Reagan calls Ollie North a bastard and a “lying son of a gun.” The President has some mouth on him.
Nancy says Ronnie will only talk to the people, not the press. The people love him. The press, not so much.
Reagan says they got Nixon but they won’t get him. He’s not Nixon, he’s not.
In what is soon to become an annoying habit, Ronnie refers to his wife as “Nancy-pants”. He tells her not to worry. She worries anyway.
Nancy talks to Deaver in private. She says she needs to consult her psychic because they are “surrounded by traitors.”
She catches a security guard watching a TV program about Oliver North. She immediately fires this traitor. (No explanation for why the White House is being protected by security guards.)
Close up on Reagan’s eyes. He looks confused.
So are we. Confused about why we are watching this mess.