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Story Structure and Veronica Mars

By Geoff Klock


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

Geoff  Klock

Geoff Klock (D.Phil., Oxford University) is the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why (Continuum 2002) and Imaginary Biographies: Misreading the Lives of the Poets (Continuum 2007). The first applies Harold Bloom’s poetics of influence to comic books; the second argues that the bizarre portrayal of historical writers in 19th- and 20th-century poetry constitutes a genre (and will be followed by a companion book on film). For BenBella, he has written on “Veronica Mars,” “Firefly” and “House.” His blog—Remarkable: Short Appreciations of Poetry, Comics, Film, Television and Music—can be found at He lives in New York City, where he is a freelance academic.

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