Is anachronism good or bad for consumers of historical fictions?
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PopMatters seeks feature essays (min. 1,200 words - no max. limit) arguing the pros and cons of anachronism in film, literature, video games, music and other products of pop culture.
I can't bring mysel to see Baz Luhrmann's version of 'The Great Gatsby' precisely because its hip-hop soundtrack reads as an insult to The Jazz era in which the story is set. And I like Jay-Z. But what a wasted opportunity to introduce a huge audience to the music of the era -- and some would argue the best period of jazz in America.
For this same reason, I walked out of 'Moulin Rouge!' (Well, that and actors that can't sing. Aye.)
Pick a product of culture, and 1-3 examples, to make your argument against anachronism in storytelling -- or impress us with your argument for using art from one era to tell the story of another.
Opinion is clearly the driving force, but bring in grounded examples and a solid understanding of history to your essay. PopMatters readers are savvy, educated, and generalists, and we ask that you bring that spirit to your paper. Sent pitches to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email subject line: PopMatters / Features: Anachronism
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