The term pulp fiction originally referred to "pulp"
paper magazines of the late 19th century, such as
Weird Tales and The Strand, which featured the work
of such prolific literary masters as H.G. Wells
(The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds), Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, (The Lost World, The Adventures
of Sherlock Holmes) J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the
Rings) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan of the
Apes). Generally, pulp fiction stories focused on
man struggling with dark, powerful and often, evil
forces -- both internal and external --beyond his
control. By the early and mid-20th century, pulp
fiction, with its mix of science fact and
speculative fiction, launched a new era and genre
of fantasy stories with compelling alternative or
The enduring universality of these conflicts and
stories can be seen in the continued popularity of
such characters as Sherlock Holmes and Tarzan as
well as of the recent multiple-Oscar-winning film
series, "Lord of the Rings," based on Tolkien's
trilogy, and blockbuster film updates and remakes
of "The Lost World" (Steven Spielberg's film of the
same title), "King Kong" and the upcoming Robert
Rodriguez adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's "A
Princess of Mars."
how much right do you think Quentin Tarrantino has to use the title
Pulp Fiction for his movie
A definition of the term "pulp fiction" is displayed at the beginning
of the movie, as if to say "This movie is a piece of pulp fiction (so it
probably shouldn't be taken too seriously)." Not homage to anything,
just 'nineties self-referential irony.
X-Bonus: It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music. -Voltaire, writer (1694-1778)
trochal (TRO-kuhl) adjective
Resembling or revolving like a wheel.
[From Greek trokhos (wheel), from trekhein (to run).]
"Consider this unexpected similarity between Pulp Fiction and Forrest Gump: as Pulp Fiction breaks tradition with its trochal form, so Gump breaks the contemporary rules." John H. Richardson; Dumb And Dumber; The New Republic (Washington, DC);
Apr 10, 1995.
"It's trochal, as Malcolm Lowry says. Reiterative, as John Dos Passos said."
Jack Saunders; Forty; Illuminet Press; 1988.