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The Noir of Neptune

By Amanda Anne Klein


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

Amanda Anne  Klein

Amanda Anne Klein is a Ph.D. candidate in film studies in the English department at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation is a case study of 1990s ghetto action films and a theorization of how and why film cycles form. Her publications include forthcoming essays in the journal The Quarterly Review of Film and Video and in the anthologies Deadwood: A Western to Swear By and Media(ted) Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations. She has also published online essays and reviews in Critical Quarterly Debates, Reality Blurred: Exposed and PopMatters.

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