Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism

Stylized Moments--Turning Film Style Into Meaning
Price: $32.00 USD. Words: 84,740. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Plays » American / African American
Concretely discover meaning in film by decoding the simple, often invisible, stylistic choices (significant camera placement/movement, lighting, spatial relationships, editing, soundtrack, etc.) made by directors and their creative collaborators. Readers are instructed in the language of film and interpretive strategies so that all films begin to speak in more meaningful ways.
Vertigo: the Making of Hitchcock Classic Special Edition
Price: $17.99 $12.59 USD. (30% off!) Words: 55,750. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Performing arts, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Special edition of the the bestselling Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. The new e-text has images, a new preface and additional commentary on Vertigo's selection as the Best Film Ever Made by the BFI's Sight and Sound.
Conspiracy Theories
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 23,810. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Conspiracy theories, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Who killed JFK? Was Jack the Ripper a member of the Freemasons? Is Skull and Bones a secret society placed to form a sinister shadow government, or is it a gathering of wealthy kids performing bizarre adolescent rituals? Are we alone in the universe? Van Dyk’s Conspiracy Theories takes a look at some of the most provocative stories of our time, and the conspiracies that shroud them.
Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,890. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Literary Criticism & Collections, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow’s roses and Peeta’s bread? What about Katniss’s last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem’s heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies.
The Secret History of Star Wars: The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 251,780. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2015 by Legacy Books Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world. The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end. But it didn’t start out that way...
Jar Jar Binks Must Die... and Other Observations about Science Fiction Movies
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 80,150. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014 by Gray Rabbit Publications / Fantastic Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Hugo Award finalist. In this collection of essays, film critic and sf fan Kimmel covers movies from Metropolis (1927), answering the absurd claim that the restoration of this silent classic negated its status as a science fiction film, to how Star Trek, Avatar, Moon, and District 9 may have made 2009 a "miracle year" for the genre.
Be A Hater: A Polemic on the Hater Mindset
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 59,220. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
What do Taylor Swift, Cognitive Psychology, Gucci Mane, Dissent, and The Most Dangerous Person Alive have in common? The answer is the “Hater Mindset”. In “Be A Hater” Dr. Parham uses a pop culture approach to examine a subtle and subconscious cultural shift in the concept of a “hater”. A shift with implications for critical thinking, relationships, individual happiness, and more.
Out Spoken: A Vito Russo Reader, Reel Two
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 101,330. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2012 by White Crane Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Gay & Lesbian » Entertainment, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Now assembled as a special two-volume edition for the very first time, A Vito Russo Reader is a companion piece to VITO, the highly-acclaimed new HBO documentary by filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz. Reel Two contains the segments: Politics and Power, Out Takes, I'll Take Manhattan and Postscripts (with writing by Larry Kramer, Anne Russo and Assotto Saint).
TARDIS Eruditorum - An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 1: William Hartnell (Second Edition)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 152,770. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
This all-new, revised, and expanded first volume of essays from the acclaimed blog TARDIS Eruditorum traces the evolving critical history of the hit television show Doctor Who. This volume covers the first three years of the program, with William Hartnell in the starring role. Features extensive revisions and eleven new essays exclusive to this book.
Boomer Brand Winners & Losers
Price: $4.99 $2.00 USD. (60% off!) Words: 42,710. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television
Growing up in the 50s and 60s, Boomer kids were surrounded by brands. That's when the modern brand was born, when brands reflected popular culture, and when brand advertising flourished. "Boomer Brand Winners & Losers" features fascinating stories of 156 best and worst brands of the Boomer era.
John Wayne: The Westerns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012 and represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Celebrity biography, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Few film actors had the lasting popularity of John Wayne, especially when he appeared in westerns. In this comprehensive essay, Rambo-creator David Morrell analyzes Wayne’s career in westerns and explores his fascinating, complex personality, including his Latin studies in high school and his skills as a chess player. Even Wayne’s most knowledgeable fans will be surprised by this insightful essay.
Early Film Noir: Greed, Lust and Murder Hollywood Style
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,080. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Screenplays » Mystery
Early Film Noir traces an exciting suspense genre to its roots. Film noir deals with survival amid conflict. it is unsurprising to see how it originated. The Great Depression was a time of struggle. Film noir emanated from detective magazines. An adapted novel from a former detective became the first noir movie. The Maltese Falcon featured a blazing new talent in Humphrey Bogart.
The Christmas TV Companion: a Guide to Cult Classics, Strange Specials and Outrageous Oddities
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,830. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Christmas on TV is wilder, weirder, and more wondrous than you think! The Christmas TV Companion is a funny, engaging look beyond the same Christmas specials that air every year to the cult TV rarities, over-the-top made-for-TV holiday specials, and bizarre, spacey shows that truly expand the notion of Christmas spirit.
Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,030. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
This book explores characters’ agendas, from Sansa’s secret schemes to Arya’s ultimate goal. What is Cersei’s true fear? What do trout or golden roses symbolize? Is the show a feminist success or a male playground? This book answers all these and more, revealing the enigmas and surprises hidden deep within the series.
LEXX Unauthorized, Series 2: The Light at the End of the Universe
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 94,790. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
LEXX was one of the strangest Sci Fi series ever made. Following up on the first series of movies guest starring Rutger Hauer, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick and Malcolm McDowell, series two featured the protagonists, Stan, Xev, Kai and 790 cruising through space, looking for a new home, or at least a safe place to live, while the Universe is being eaten by a mysterious force.
History, Homages and the Highlands: An Outlander Guide
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,830. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Television, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
With oodles of steamy romance, paranormal time travel, adventure, and much more, Outlander is sweeping the nation. Discover the facts behind it: from kilts and bagpipes to selkies and the fair folk. Bonnie Prince Charlie, Doctor Who, folklore, fantasy, customs, cities, festivals, and much more.
Empowered: The Symbolism, Feminism, and Superheroism of Wonder Woman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,130. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
This book analyzes each era of Wonder Woman, from the Golden Age to George Pérez and Gail Simone’s reboots to The New 52 and television shows, cartoons, and films. Which present an empowering female superhero and which just a fun-loving princess in an improbably clinging corset?
Red, Blue, and Bronze: Inside the Symbols of the Wonder Woman Film
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,900. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Deep analysis of the Wonder Woman film. In fact, a deep symbolism lurks behind Diana’s lasso, shield, and crown, especially the new film versions. Why is her island filled with shells and spirals? As she explores Edwardian London, and mucks through the trenches, how is her journey particularly superheroic? The characters, their origins, and the nuances of feminism reveal much.
A Rey of Hope: Feminism, Symbolism and Hidden Gems in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,210. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
A guide to the feminist tropes and deep symbols in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The English Teacher’s Guide to the Hamilton Musical: Symbols, Allegory, Metafiction, and Clever Language
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,570. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
The high school or college English class offers a long list of technical terms: Symbolism, Irony, Metafiction, Allegory, Metaphor… here’s the list, from Absurdity to Zeugma, all defined through the clever wordplay of Hamilton.

Related Categories