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‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

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Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

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Superman, with a 75-year canon to draw upon, should be included in any curriculum that covers science fiction.

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

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At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

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While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…

Sparking Visual and Cultural Literacy with ‘Reimagined’ Movies

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Which of these movies would you most want to see?

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… Opportunities for Rich Discussion and Literary Analysis: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre Part 2

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The most obvious question about the popularity of horror is one in which we question ourselves: why do people gravitate toward dark content?

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monster: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre

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It is important to remember that the stories I’ve mentioned were never really called “horror stories” because horror as a genre is essentially a ploy to make certain properties more marketable to a segment of the population.