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On the Down-Low

By Lynne Edwards, Ph.D.


from Neptune Noir

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This is one essay from the anthology Neptune Noir

More than just a high school drama, “Veronica Mars” is a smart and savvy teen detective show that offers complex mysteries and rapier wit, engaging social commentary, and noir sensibilities—with the occasional murder thrown in for good measure. This collection, edited by the creator and executive producer of the show, offers supreme insight into the class struggles and love stories of the series. Essays by top writers intelligently address a multitude of questions such as: Is Veronica a modern-day vigilante? Why is a show that features rape, potential incest and a teen girl outsmarting local authorities so popular with America’s conservative population? and Why is Veronica and Logan’s relationship the most important story-driving factor in the show?

About the Author

Rob Thomas is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed drama “Veronica Mars.” Thomas also produced and created the short-lived television series “Cupid,” wrote scripts for television shows “Dawson’s Creek” and “Space Ghosts” and the film “Drive Me Crazy,” and has written several novels for young adults.

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About the Author

Lynne  Edwards, Ph.D.

Lynne Edwards, Ph.D., is associate professor of media and communication studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. She is the author of several essays about popular culture including “Slaying in Black and White: Kendra as Tragic Mulatta in Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in Fighting the Forces: What’s at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) and “Victims, Villains, and Vixens: Teen Girls and Internet Crime” in Girl Wide Web: Girls, the Internet, and the Negotiation of Identity (Peter Lang, 2005). Lynne currently is writing The Other Sunnydale: Representations of Blackness in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Lexington Books, exp. 2006).

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