In the second part of AND THE HALF-TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE, I referenced two particular works-- one by Gardner Fox, the other by Dave Sim-- each of which demonstrated the dominance of one of the four potentialities.
I've already devoted my movie-blog largely to sussing out the way the mythopoeic potentiality manifests in films and television shows, as well as having devoted countless words to the topic here. Thus it's a given that I'll almost certainly never devote that much attention to the other three potentialities work out. Myth is my main subject, because I believe that the "myth-criticism" outlook provides the groundwork for a pluralist criticism.
Still, once I get an idea in my head-- like what it would look like, to rate particular works on their respective potentials for the kinetic, the dramatic, the didactic or the mythopoeic-- I usually erect at least a template for how such a critical project might work.
Now, I'd been planning to address the topic of clansgression again, with respect to its place in my system. I first formulated this term here, as a catch-all for "the literal transgression of incest" and "every incest-like form of transgression." Like any other trope through which creators communicate to audiences, the clansgressive trope can be used very well or very badly. And in the various reviews I've done here on three of my four blogs, I've often called attention to potentialities of the kinetic, the dramatic, and the didactic, though never emphasizing them as much as the mythopoeic.
This essay's "fifty bad dates" are, in short, the 50 best usages of clansgression that I've reviewed so far. After each individual citation, I'll highlight which potentiality I believe to be dominant in that work, but with no further justification, beyond what's in the hotlinked review. Most of the cited reviews refer to works in which clansgression plays a strong role in the narrative, though there may be a few works where the trope is simply used with a noteworthy intensity.
If nothing else, it may be interesting to see what does or doesn't move my occasional viewers to click on.
AIRBOY MEETS VALKYRIE-- kinetic
APOLLO'S SONG-- didactic
BLACK CAT (1934)-- mythopoeic
BLOOD AND LACE-- mythopoeic
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN-- dramatic
BRIDES OF DRACULA-- dramatic
CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)-- dramatic
DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND-- mythopoeic
[DEATH OF IRIS]-- dramatic
DOOR THROUGH SPACE-- dramatic
DRACULA (1898)-- mythopoeic
DRACULA (1931)-- dramatic
ENTER THE DEVIL-- kinetic
FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1839)-- didactic
FEAR AND LOATHING-- didactic
FORBIDDEN PLANET-- mythopoeic
FRANKENSTEIN (1931)-- dramatic
GAME KEEPER, THE-- mythopoeic
HANDS OF A STRANGER-- dramatic
HANDS OF THE RIPPER-- mythopoeic
HORROR OF DRACULA-- dramatic
ILLEARTH WAR-- dramatic
INVISIBLE STRANGLER-- kinetic
LOIS LANE'S SUPER-DAUGHTER-- dramatic
MAYO CHIKI-- dramatic
MISTER MONSTER: ORIGINS-- kinetic
MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971)-- dramatic
NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR-- kinetic
NIGHT OF THE SPIDER-- kinetic
ORIGIN OF METAMORPHO-- mythopoeic
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1909)-- dramatic
PLANET OF OUTCASTS-- mythopoeic
PSYCHO (1960)-- didactic
PSYCHOPATH, THE-- didactic
SCORPION KING 2, THE-- mythopoeic
SHE (1886)-- mythopoeic
SISTER SYNDROME-- dramatic
SPECTACLES, THE-- didactic
SUPERMAN'S RETURN TO KRYPTON-- dramatic
SUPERMAN'S SUPER-COURTSHIP-- dramatic
TEACH ME!-- kinetic
TEARS OF THE SEA-- mythopoeic
TERROR, THE-- dramatic
THAT YELLOW BASTARD-- dramatic
TOWER OF THE SATYR-- mythopoeic
WORLD OF KRYPTON-- didactic
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN-- dramatic
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